Tottenham put to bed rumours of a Champions League hangover to bed with a 3-1 victory against a nagging Wolves at White Hart Lane. Spurs, who drew 2-2 with Weder Bremen in mid-week started much like 2 weeks ago when they were beaten by Wigan but came out firing in the last 20 minutes and sealed a 3-1 victory.
Despite Spurs playing in mid-week Spurs probably edged the first half hour with a couple of half chances and a couple of very goosd stops from Wolves keeper Marcus Hahnemann. But Wolves held strong and made the breakthrough a couple of minutes before the break. A Kevin Foley cross from a poor bit of Spurs defending gifted Steven Fletcher a simple tap in, despite the best efforts of Ledley King.
After the break Spurs continued to create chances, all be it not clear cut ones. Alan Hutton came on near the break and gave Spurs a much needed lift, although even he could only lash in a cross towards Robbie Keane who tryed and failed to deliever a flick into the far corner. Keane again was wasteful, this time from a Bale cross but Keane, who once was so leathal for Tottenham, put acrobatically wide. With 15 minutes of the game left an inspired scottish right back electrically sprinted into the box and Hutton was brought down. Penalty said Mike Jones. Rafael Van der Vaart stepped up to convert on his Home debut, sending the keeper the wrong way and lifting the whole White Hart Lane crowd.
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8 minutes later Harry replaced Van der Vaart with Lennon, who had been dropped from the squad after unoticable performances against Wigan and Weder Bremen. However he gave Spurs a lift and alongside Pavulychenko (who had replaced Keane) in a double substitution, he immediately put in a low cross that came out to Tom Huddlestone and as his shot was blocked it spilled into the path of Roman Pavulychenko who silenced Wolves fans and sparked Spurs fans into jubilation as he cooly tapped home from 6 yards. It was a masterclass of a double substitution from Harry.
In injury time, Hutton then ran down the wing, cut inside and what seemed to be a poor bit of control resulted in him charging down the desperate defender and keeper Hahnemann and the ball rebounded off Hutton from the Keeper’s clearance, into the back of the net.
3-1 it finished and a relief for Harry, Spurs Fans and the Spurs players that in a week they had put in 2 solid performances and got results in both the Champions League and Premier League