Sunday 21 January 2018

Adebayor makes instant impact

Richard Rae

Second-half goals from debutant Emmanuel Adebayor and Jermain Defoe gave Spurs their first win and, indeed, points of the season, lifting the pressure on manager Harry Redknapp.

Almost as importantly, Spurs -- already without William Gallas, Michael Dawson, Vedran Corluka, Steven Pienaar, Rafael van der Vaart, Tom Huddlestone and Aaron Lennon -- left Molineux without any more injuries, though Redknapp admitted he had no idea which players he will take to Greece this week for the Europa League clash with PAOK Salonika.

"It is an awful situation, what with a match at Liverpool coming so soon after the game in Salonika," said Redknapp. "It's a nightmare. I have no idea what team I will be able to play." The knowledge that his team are up and running in the league will make the problem easier to wrestle with.

It took Scott Parker -- another Spurs player making his debut -- two minutes to make a positive impact. His challenge caught Karl Henry in possession not far outside the Wolves penalty area and he then set up Defoe for a shot, which Roger Johnson deflected wide.

Possibly the best first-half chance came shortly after the half-hour, when Johnson glanced Michael Kightly's free-kick the wrong side of the post from six yards out.

It would have been remarkable if the second half had provided a similar level of entertainment, but although the game struggled to reignite, chances continued to be created. Nico Kranjcar's pass was helped into his path by Parker, and Adebayor was calmness personified as he took the ball around Wayne Hennessey before turning it into the net.

Ten minutes later Kranjcar was again the provider, a simple pass to Defoe in the Wolves penalty area giving the England striker the chance to turn and shoot beyond Hennessey.


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