Spurs United: Tottenham Hotspur Roars Back to Beat Wolverhampton

Jason DouglasContributor IISeptember 19, 2010

LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 18:  Rafael van der Vaart #11 of Spurs celebrates after scoring a penalty to level the scores at 1-1 during the Barclays Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Wolverhampton Wanderers at White Hart Lane on September 18, 2010 in London, England.  (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
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Trailing the Wolves 1-0 at the start of the second half, the outlook was bleak.

As the game dragged past the 75th minute, it seemed as though the Spurs were set to lose at home in the same way they lost to Wigan a few weeks ago.

It's strange how quickly things can change.

Alan Hutton came on late for Younes Kabul and made an immediate, and somewhat surprising impact. Hutton had not played for Spurs since January having been loaned out to Sunderland last season.

Playing right back, he was very aggressive in bringing the ball up-field. After an inspired run through the defense he was tripped in the box by Stephen Ward. 

Rafael Van Der Vaart calmly strode up to the ball and waited. With all of White Hart Lane on their feet, he casually put a low left footed kick in the left corner of the net, then collected the ball and was mobbed by the rest of the squad.

It was Van Der Vaart's first goal as a member of Spurs. 

The Lane seemed invigorated after the equalizer, yet a tie still looked likely. Having already tied (West Brom) and lost (Wigan) Spurs were desperate for three points. 

With the match almost over, Harry Rednapp substituted Aaron Lennon for Van Der Vaart who left to the cheers of the Spurs faithful.

Lennon made an immediate impact by using his pace to get down the right side of the field, and delivering an excellent cross which Roman Pavyluchenko finished in the back of the net. After stripping his shirt off and running it up the flag on the left corner post, the fans were euphoric.

While it seemed as though Spurs would hold on for the victory, Wolves kept pressing. At the 90 minute mark, Alan Hutton put the match in the bag with an errant pass for Peter Crouch that he chipped over the keeper for a goal. 

It was a wonderful comeback for Spurs but a difficult away loss for Wolves. They played very hard and the loss had to be disappointing for them. Steven Fletcher was a difficult match-up (as always) and scored Wolverhampton's lone goal.

I thought Younes Kabul and Jermaine Jenas both played very well and gave Spurs a bit more pace than they normally have with the likes of Corluka and Kranjcar.

In fact, I found the defense of: Kabul, Gallas, King, and Assou-Ekotto to be very good. I also liked Jenas in the midfield. He was very active and pushed the ball a lot. Gareth Bale was terrific and Tom Huddlestone was solid as always.

I continue to be impressed with Van Der Vaart. He just goes out there and plays hard. He's got a great work rate. He's an excellent passer and very good on set pieces as well. He's quickly becoming one of my favorite players. He got into a tight altercation with Jelle Van Damme which showed he's got some stones.

The victory puts Spurs with eight points (tied with Manchester United) though they're behind on goal difference 6-2. As such, they've currently moved into 4th place.

Losing Jermain Defoe, Michael Dawson and Luka Modric (at least for a few games) has definitely hurt the team.

But the squad they fielded today played inspired football and gave the team a different look.

They've got Arsenal at home on Tuesday in the Carling Cup, followed by West Ham on Saturday. After that, it's back to Champions League play against FC Twente on September 29.


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