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The Spurs for the title bubble did not stay long inflated. Against a side their fans expected them to beat with ease, Tottenham Hotspur struggled to find fluency or purpose.

This despite the fact they were back to full strength, with Scott Parker returning from a knee injury. It was against Wolverhampton Wanderers in the away fixture that Parker and Emmanuel Adebayor had made their debuts, altering the trajectory of Spurs’s season.

But it was not just Spurs’s fortunes that had changed in the four months since. Wolves, too, have developed into obdurate opponents. On a drawing spree, taking a point from four of their last five games, they were set out not to lose.

Mick McCarthy stood on the edge of his technical area encouraging his players to attack the ball. In the middle, the aggressive pairing of Karl Henry and the Arsenal loanee Emmanuel Frimpong gave Luca Modric and Rafael van der Vaart little time to work with.

Frimpong’s origins meant his every contribution was booed to the rafters, particularly when he was booked for a challenge on Gareth Bale.

Never controlling the game, Spurs were undone at a set piece. In the 21st minute, Kyle Walker shepherded the ball out thinking it was going for a goal kick. It was a corner, which Jarvis swung to the far post. Johnson leapt unchallenged and headed the ball down. Friedl saved well, but the ball bounced to the persistent Fletcher who stabbed the ball home.

“He’s Stephen Fletcher, he’ll score when he wants,” sang the visiting fans. Well, if nine times a season counts as when he wants, then he does.

Spurs tried to come back. Bale, wearing vibrant yellow and orange numbers, like hi-viz jackets for the feet, stabbed the ball goalwards from Benoit Assou-Ekotto’s cross.

Adebayor stepped in to put it away. But, much to the groaned disappointment of the home crowd, the Togo forward was offside.

In the second half, perhaps spurred on by Harry Redknapp’s touchline spat with Wolves’s goalkeeping coach Pat Mountain, who had delayed releasing the ball for a Tottenham throw, the home side pressed.

Bale and Aaron Lennon swapped wings, Kyle Walker pushed forward, Younes Kaboul began to tear up the middle.

Reward was almost immediately forthcoming: Bale laid the ball back to Modric whose crisp shot beat Wayne Hennessey.

But nothing else came from almost continuous pressure. Not even a comical drop ball in the Wolves area on 90 minutes could produce a winner.

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