Carlo Cudicini â€“ 6
Rarely called upon, but some good distribution.
Younes Kaboul â€“ 7
Was quite prominent during the first half at both ends of the pitch, but his game was cut short by a hamstring injury just before the Wolves goal.
Benoit Assou-Ekotto â€“ 6
Willing as ever going forwards, but outfoxed for the visitorsâ€™ goal. Thankfully, no left foot-right foot quandraries this time.
William Gallas â€“ 6
Steady on his home debut, but could have conceded a penalty in the first half when he felled Jarvis in the box. Was tested by Wolvesâ€™ front men.
Ledley King â€“ 6
His concentration and positional sense were required against Doyle and Fletcher. Not at his very best, but effective in nullifying much of the threat.
Rafael van der Vaart â€“ 7
Highly promising until his withdrawal late in the game. His passing might prove to be a crucial part of the jigsaw. Not helped here though by what seemed a nominal right sided role. Took his penalty with assurance. Needs fitness.
Tom Huddlestone â€“ 6
A composed presence in the middle throughout, but not his best passing or shooting day.
Jermaine Jenas â€“ 7
Impressed midweek and again here. Played with lots of energy, found a pass or two, and when he made an mistake was able to atone for it. Deserves a run, given the form of Palacios.
Gareth Bale â€“ 7
The usual lung-bursting display. Did much of his best work before the break, with pace and quality abundantly clear.
Robbie Keane â€“ 6
Needs a goal badly. Unable to convert when teed up by Bale. The effort seems to be there, but the magic dust is sadly not forthcoming. Really doesnâ€™t need to be booed by a minority of the Spurs fans though. He went to Liverpool, he came back; live with it guys.
Peter Crouch â€“ 7
Got involved plenty, but his headers tended not to drop to Spurs advantage. Still, a decent shift from the lanky one.
Alan Hutton â€“ 8
Matchwinner! Who could have imagined that when Big Al replaced Kaboul immediately after the Wolves goal, the Flying Scotsman would go on to swing the game in Spursâ€™ favour. I suspect that countering his surging runs into the box was not part of Mick McCarthyâ€™s pre-match preparations. Won the penalty with a rampaging dash, and then scored a flukey third through sheer persistence.
Roman Pavlyuchenko â€“ 7
After his introduction for Robbie Keane, he was hardly seen until the 87th minute, when Huddlestoneâ€™s charged-down shot fell to his feet. The finish that followed was cool and decisive for a 2-1 lead.
Aaron Lennon â€“ 6
A late replacement for van der Vaart, had a hand in the second goal, but little time to sparkle.
By Andy Knaggs
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