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Frimpong frustrates title chasing Spurs

TALENT: On loan Wolves player Emmanuel Frimpong help to deny Spurs

EMMANUEL FRIMPONG and goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey were the heroes as Wolves shackled Tottenham at White Hart Lane this afternoon. It was the Midlands team's second 1-1 in north London after achieving the same score against Arsenal at the Emirates.

It was a stop-start beginning to the game with the only event of note being Rafael Van der Vaart being struck in the face by an Emmanuel Frimpong shot in the 15th minute.

The away team’s first attack of the game gave them the lead with Steven Fletcher poking home from a couple of yards. Matt Jarvis provided the cross after winning a debatable corner against full-back, Kyle Walker. Walker appeared to think the ball was going out for a goal-kick and left it, but the linesman flagged for a corner. It was Fletcher's ninth goal of the season on his 45th start for the club.

Predictably, Frimpong – on loan from Arsenal - got the first yellow of the game with a tackle on Scott Parker after 30 minutes. Frimpong was understandably booed every time he touched the ball. The Wolves dynamo was a little unlucky to be booked as his challenge on his Spurs rival was by no means the worst tackle of the game. Emmanuel Adebayor did, however, escape punishment after a tackle on Karl Henry.

Although Spurs had much of the possession in the first half, long range shots and a couple of simple saves by Wayne Hennessey kept them at bay. The away team defended in numbers but Matt Jarvis and Kevin Foley did some good work down the left whenever they got the chance to counter.

Spurs drew level five minutes after half-time with Luka Modric, the scorer. Hennessey was unlucky, as the ball appeared to slip underneath his body. It could easily have been 2-0 just moments earlier, when a powerful Frimpong volley was saved by the consistent Brad Friedel.

It was all Tottenham in the latter stages with Jermain Defoe replacing Aaron Lennon on 75 minutes with most of the 36, 194 crowd urging them on. Defoe, Adebayor and Van der Vaart should have done better with their chances as Harry Redknapp's men fought doggedly for the three points they needed to draw level with league leaders, Manchester City. The home team were unable to turn their 68 per cent of possession into a winner.

Both Wolves captain Roger Johnson and manager Mick McCarthy were full of praise for Frimpong. McCarthy described his new acquisition “a very talented young player.”

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