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Wolverhampton Wanderers 3-3 Tottenham

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Steven Fletcher equalised late on as Wolves and Tottenham played out a pulsating 3-3 draw in Sunday's Premier League clash at Molineux.

Both sets of fans remembered defender Dean Richards, who passed away last weekend, with a minute's applause before kick-off.

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Kevin Doyle glanced home Nenad Milijas' right-wing cross to put Wolves in front after 20 minutes but Jermain Defoe responded with two superb strikes - his first league goals of the campaign.

The first, on the half-hour mark, was a 25-yard shot that flew past Wayne Hennessey, while he curled home his second five minutes later from the edge of the box.

Spurs were lucky not to have Alan Hutton sent off shortly before the break as the Scot conceded a penalty for pulling Milijas' shirt. Doyle levelled the scoreline from the penalty spot.

Three minutes after the restart, the visitors regained the lead through Roman Pavlyuchenko. Jermaine Jenas ran into space at the top of the box before flicking a pass to his Russian team-mate who lashed home a fierce shot which may have taken a slight deflection.

Wolves were furious when they had a goal incorrectly disallowed, referee Mark Halsey adjudging Richard Stearman to have fouled Heurelho Gomes following a free-kick, but they were to equalise again on 87 minutes.

Sylvan Ebanks-Blake fed Matt Jarvis on the left, and the winger floated in a superb cross to the back post for substitute Fletcher to head home.

Spurs stay fifth in the table but are level on points with fourth-placed Chelsea, while Wolves remain 19th, two points from safety.

In what was surely one of the best games of the season, Defoe had the satisfaction of finally getting on the scoresheet in his 14th appearance in 2010/11 and he now has 99 top-flight goals in total.

But Wolves produced some of their best football of the season.

Milijas was a constant threat playing behind Doyle while Jarvis delivered a series of menacing crosses.

Spurs made a bright start and were the first to threaten on a bobbly Molineux pitch.

Luka Modric teed up Pavlyuchenko 20 yards out but he opted to place his shot and did not seriously test Hennessey.

The Welshman needed to react quickly in racing out of his area to hack the ball clear from Defoe after he chased down a long clearance from Benoit Assou-Ekotto.

But Wolves enjoyed a sustained spell of possession and Adam Hammill then picked out the run of Milijas into the Spurs box but he could not keep his header down.

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Jarvis had a first-time shot deflected by William Gallas into the side netting but it came as no surprise when Doyle put them ahead.

Milijas delivered another quality cross and Doyle got in front of Gomes and flicked his header into the net.

Spurs responded and after 30 minutes, a superb strike from Defoe brought them back on level terms.

He had time to line up a shot 25 yards out but he caught hold of it perfectly as it flew past the drive of Hennessey.

Five minutes later, another brilliant effort by Defoe put Spurs in front.

Modric's pass, cut out by Ward, rebounded fortuitously to Defoe and from the left of the area he curled a shot past Hennessey inside the far post.

Wolves hit back and after 40 minutes, Doyle made it 2-2 from the penalty spot.

Milijas had his shirt tugged by Hutton who appeared to be the last defender as he chased down a deflected shot by Doyle.

But referee Halsey opted to yellow card Hutton before Doyle sent Gomes the wrong way from the spot.

Spurs needed only two minutes of the second half to regain the lead through Pavlyuchenko.

Jenas was allowed to run unchallenged to the edge of the Wolves box before slipping the ball to Pavlyuchenko.

He turned inside before drilling a 15 yard shot past Hennessey. It was his 11th goal of the campaign.

Wolves came close to equalising and Ward glanced a header just wide from Jarvis' inswinging centre.

Michael Dawson was yellow-carded for up-ending Hammill in full flight.

Mick McCarthy made his first change after 58 minutes with Ebanks-Blake, who netted twice last week against Blackpool, replacing Ward.

Wolves started to build some momentum and Gomes made a fine save to turn Milijas' low drive onto a post.

Hennessey had to be alert in saving at the feet of Defoe who raced onto Modric's ball over the top.

Gareth Bale made his return after a back injury in place of Pienaar.

Ebanks-Blake could have made it 3-3 but he dragged his shot wide from 12 yards wide after Jarvis had cut the ball back from the by-line.

Milijas poked the ball over the bar at full stretch when meeting a cross from Doyle.

Gallas was yellow carded for bringing down Ebanks-Blake.

Bale could have wrapped the points up but shot wide from close range.

Stearman had the ball in the net from a Milijas cross but Halsey adjudged Gomes had been fouled.

Defoe came close to completing his hat-trick when his shot hit the post.

But in the 87th minute, Fletcher levelled with a header from Jarvis' cross.

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