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Adebayor sparks key win

Posted on 10 September 2011  - 12:00

Emmanuel Adebayor marked his debut with a goal with Jermain Defoe adding a second as Wolves were defeated 2-0 at Molineux on Saturday.

Emmanuel Adebayor marked his debut with a goal with Jermain Defoe adding a second as Wolves were defeated 2-0 at Molineux on Saturday.

A close encounter turned in our favour in the second half when the tireless running of Adebayor paid dividends in the 67th minute and from that point on, the team grew in confidence after a difficult beginning to the new campaign.

Neither side was establishing a clear authority in the first half of the opening 45 minutes, although the play was bright and fairly enterprising from both teams.

Harry Redknapp made five changes with Scott Parker slotting in in central midfield for his debut alongide Luka Modric. He was soon demonstrating his qualities by snapping into tackles, closing down and not to mention several bursts forward.

It was from one of his early tackles that our first chance of the game was created, with the midfielder hunting down Karl Henry and rocking him with a perfectly executed tackle leading to Defoe sprinting clear but having his shot deflected wide.

On nine minutes it did look as though the team would snatch the lead when a Benoit Assou-Ekotto cross popped up off goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey in the direction of Niko Kranjcar. The Croatian steered back on goal and it then looked like Emmanuel Adebayor could well have netted a debut goal, but somehow Christophe Berra managed to help the ball over the bar.

The shooting prowess of Jamie O'Hara that we all know so much about from youth, reserve and senior football at Spurs showed itself shortly afterwards with the palms of Brad Friedel suitably stung, but strong enough to pad the ball away.

The defence, marshalled by the returning Ledley King, had an assurance about it that is familiar to occasions when the Club Captain is out on the pitch. Wolves were attacking but getting repelled.

A Kranjcar free-kick caused the next alarm for Wolves, but it was one at the other end on 36 minutes that presented a greater threat. Kightly flighted to the far post and it looked like a routine nod home for either Roger Johnson or Steven Fletcher. The ball went wide and the players ended up in the net.

Moments before the break Defoe nicked off O'Hara and strode forward before forcing Hennessey to make a good save down to his right. Gareth Bale, operating down thre right, was then set free and cut inside before rattling the side netting.

Adebayor had half a chance on the run shortly after half-time when he surged forward but was just beaten to the loose ball by Hennessey, before O'Hara tested Friedel from the corner of the penalty area following a headed clearance.

Defoe was alert enough to capitalise on a tackle that left the ball running his way on 58 minutes, sprinting into the area and rolling into the path of Adebayor, who was knocked out of his stride and then Kranjcar could not get his shot away.

On 67 minutes came a passage of high quality passing and movement that resulted in the lead being taken. Kranjcar strode forward in his elegant fashion, playing in the lively Parker, who had the vision to slip through into Adebayor who rounded Hennessey and rolled into the net.

Adebayor was perpetual motion in this game, chasing down the keeper, charging for every ball and, at one point, going to the full-back position and asking Friedel to give him the ball.

Ten minutes from time the advantage was doubled when Defoe knocked wide to Kranjcar, who in turn played the ball back into the area in front of Defoe and the little hitman shot beyond Hennessey into the bottom corner.

Jake Livermore took over from Parker in the closing stages as a number of those in gold shirts in a crowd of 25,274 made for the exit.

For us it was a welcome three points on the road to kick-start the season.

Wolves (4-4-2): Hennessey; Stearman, Berra, Johnson, Ward; Hunt (Hamill, 75), O'Hara, Henry, Kightly (Jarvis, 75); Fletcher (Vokes, 80), Doyle. Unused subs: De Vries, Elokobi, Milijas, Foley.

Spurs (4-4-2): Friedel; Walker, Kaboul, King, Assou-Ekotto; Bale, Parker (Livermore, 84), Modric, Kranjcar; Adebayor, Defoe (Giovani, 87). Unused subs: Cudicini, Bassong, Falque, Townsend, Pavlyuchenko.

Goals: Spurs - Adebayor (67), Defoe (80).

Attendance: 25,874.

Referee: Mr P Walton.