Scott Parker of Tottenham Hotspur in action during the Barclays Premier League match between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Spurs at Molineux on September 10, 2011
It was a tale of two halves for Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday afternoon at Molineaux. In the first half, they looked like a team without a plan and a killer instinct. They defended well enough and played some decent passing sequences, but they lacked the ability to create clear-cut chances. The one chance they did create, mid-way through the half, somehow featured new signing Emmanuel Adebayor missing twice.
The second half was a completely different story, as Tottenham outplayed Wolverhampton Wanderers en route to a 2-0 victory, giving them their first points of the season. Adebayor and Jermain Defoe were the goal scorers as the midfield looked much improved in the second half and Wolves failed to get anything done going forward.
Scott Parker, brought in on transfer deadline day for £5 million from West Ham United, was the man of the match without too much debate. Not only did he provide an excellent assist on Adebayor's eventual game winner, but he was also fantastic at controlling the center of midfield, winning a number of tackles.
Niko Kranjcar, playing on the left while Gareth Bale surprisingly played on the right, had a poor game for the vast majority of the match. However, he was the man who assisted Jermain Defoe's goal with a fantastic pass, reminding everyone why he's a regular for Croatia and why he was purchased in the first place.
Ledley King returned to the side from chronic injuries with Michael Dawson out, but it's unlikely that he'll be able to play back to back games. Look for Sebastien Bassong to get a run-out in the Europa League against PAOK during the middle of the week.
All in all, it was a solid performance from Spurs. The strikers were ineffective in the first half - mostly because they were getting poor service - but the team improved as a whole when the midfield cleaned up their act in the second half. Parker and Luka Modric did a great job running the game from the center and they turned what was almost a disastrous result into the expected three points.