Finally, Spurs win at home in the new season to kick-start their Premiership campaign in earnest. But for the longest time it looked like another Champions League hangover after disappointing results against Wigan and WBA.
Trailing for most of the game to Wolves’ sucker punch of a goal from Fletcher at the stroke of half-time, it took a moment of magic from substitute right back Alan Hutton (in the 75th minute), his mazy run halted illegally by Ward in the box and Rafael Van der Vaart converted with aplomb – his first goal for Spurs!
With time running out, Spurs finally had the rub of the green – a fortuitous deflection presented another substitute Roman Pavlyuchenko with a simple goal (after good work on the flanks by yes, another substitute Aaron Lennon) and in the dying minutes, that man Hutton chased down a loose ball which was cleared against him and into the net past the despairing Hahnemann.
You may argue that the goals were a tad lucky but no one (except rabid Wolves fans) will feel that Spurs did not deserve that victory over the course of the game as Spurs dominated proceedings from the kickoff. Kudos to Harry Redknapp for his astute substitutions. Even with the numerous injuries, Spurs’ squad looks talented to handle most of the challenges this promising season will throw at us.
Now for the Auld Enemy in the Carling Cup! COYS!!