The Gaffers say: Tottenham v Wolves

It was a wonderful match from a Wolves supporter side. A goal after two minutes and then to hold on to it. Fantastic! But how do the managers look at it?

Mick McCarthy, Wolverhampton:

It has to be our most satisfying result of the season. To win at a side who are potentially top four – and I think they can be – isn’t something you’re expecting to do but upsetting the applecart is a nice feeling. Obviously I’m delighted with the performance but it was never a case of being beyond my wildest dreams that we could win here. I didn’t look at the fixtures and say Spurs away is one where we were going to get three points but I didn’t look at it as one where we would get slapped either. I always thought we could come away with something.

The players were excellent. They were organised and communicated well and we were really disciplined in what we did. Marcus Hahnemann hasn’t been flying about making saves and I thought we deserved the victory overall. He made a really good save late on and I would expect my goalkeeper to come here and make some saves if we were going to get a result.

We won at Wigan, should have won at Everton and ended up with a draw and also got a draw at Stoke. We did get beaten well by Chelsea but I took responsibility for that because of the shape we played and then Chelsea went and slapped Arsenal as well which put our result into perspective. But we’ve done o-k and we’re certainly not cannon fodder away from home.

We had a plan today and we stuck to it and the players were terrific. The only blot on an otherwise memorable afternoon was the injury to Dave Edwards, forced off in the second half after landing awkwardly while trying to make a challenge. It’s an ankle injury and is looking similar to Michael Kightly’s which may mean an operation and a fair time ou. Obviously it’s another blow but we’ll have a look at it and hopefully it won’t be as bad as that.


I thought today we had loads of the ball, lots of the game. They got the early goal and then made it very difficult for us. They worked very hard and shut the space down. We had so much of the play but didn’t create too many great chances. And full credit to them, it wasn’t through lack of effort or anything else.

We passed it around well, got it in good positions, but the final ball just didn’t fall to us or wasn’t quite good enough or we couldn’t get on the end of a second ball or whatever – it just wasn’t our day. I think teams look at us and say, ‘they’re a good side’ and they’ll come here and make it difficult for us. We had an amazing home record last year and anyone coming here and picking up a point, they’ll be pleased with it.

They’ll make it hard for you but when you get an early goal like they did today, they obviously hung on and managed to take all three. But credit to them, Mick’s done a terrific job with the players there. They’re well organised, they defended for their lives today and they did well. And once you get one up it gives you a real lift and they then said OK, come and break as down. As much as we huffed and puffed we couldn’t do that today.

Spurs: Gomes, Huddlstone, Lennon, Keane (capt) (Crouch 59), Palacios (Modric 59), Defoe, Bassong, Dawson, Kranjcar (Dos Santos 78), Corluka, Assou-Ekott.

Unused subs: Alnwick, Hutton, Bale, Rose.

Wolves: Hahnemann, Stearmen (Iwelumo 80), Ward, Henry (capt), Craddock, Berra, Edwards (Foley 59), Milijaš (Mancienne 69), Ebanks-Blake, Doyle, Jarvis.

Unused subs: Hennessey, Surman, Maierhofer, Castillo.

Bookings: Henry (28 – foul), Jarvis (45 – diving), Ward (74 – time wasting), Hahnemann (90 – time wasting), Mancienne (90 – foul).

Referee: S. Attwell.

Attendance: 36,014.


~ by paddytheflea on December 12, 2009.

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