Tottenham held 1-1 by relegation-threatened Wolves

Tottenham held 1-1 by relegation-threatened Wolves

Published Jan. 14, 2012 6:16 p.m. ET

Tottenham missed the chance to keep pace with title-chasing Manchester United in the English Premier League on Saturday when it was held to a 1-1 draw by relegation-threatened Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Tottenham dominated but Steven Fletcher put Wolves ahead from a rebound in the 22nd minute.

Emmanuel Adebayor had a goal disallowed for offside just before halftime before Luka Modric equalized in the 51st with a low 25-meter (yard) shot.

Wolves goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey made a double save, Rafael van der Vaart curled a free kick wide, Michael Dawson and Kyle Walker volleyed over the bar and Hennessey got his feet in the way of an 18-meter (yard) shot from substitute Jermain Defoe.


Third-place Spurs slipped two points behind United.

Wolves got their breakthrough after they were awarded a contentious corner, with Walker ruled to have touched the ball on its way out despite the fullback insisting he did not.

Goalkeeper Brad Friedel parried Roger Johnson's header from the corner in to the path of Fletcher, who scored from close range.

It was the first goal Spurs had conceded at home in 359 minutes.

Winger Gareth Bale stung Hennessey's hands with a low drive as Spurs looked for an immediate equalizer and Van der Vaart hit a shot over the bar.

Johnson blocked Van der Vaart's goal-bound effort and Modric volleyed at Hennessey as the attack continued and the home crowd roared what they thought was an equalizer in first-half injury-time, but Adebayor's toe-poke from eight meters (yards) yards was ruled out for offside.

Six minutes into the second half, Van der Vaart skillfully turned in the box to pass to Bale, who laid the ball off to Modric to score through a crowd of defenders.