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Jones breathes life into Wolves’ escape campaign

Wolves 1 Spurs 0

David Jones' solitary strike lifted Wolves out of the relegation zone as his first Barclays Premier League goal of the season put a dent in Tottenham's hopes of taking back fourth place at Molineux.

The midfielder started the move which resulted in him side-footing home a cross from Matt Jarvis in the 27th minute and Wolves could also have had a penalty when Michael Dawson clipped Jarvis in the first half.

Wolves had their best chance when Kevin Doyle broke through on the right in the 20th minute but his touch gave him too narrow an angle and as Dawson got across to challenge he fired a shot across the six-yard area which Sébastien Bassong turned behind.

However, the hosts took the lead with the simplest of goals which came out of nowhere in the 27th minute. Jones played the ball out to Jarvis on the left and continued his run to side-foot home the cross from 15 yards.

Wolves could have had a penalty two minutes later when Dawson clipped Jarvis as he ran into the area but referee Mark Clattenburg waved play on.

Jarvis almost added the second when he cut in on to his right foot and drilled in a shot which goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes turned around the near post.

Tottenham had lost the midfield battle in the first half and Harry Redknapp responded by sending on Wilson Palacios for Jermaine Jenas immediately after the interval.

The visitors looked brighter and Niko Kranjcar had a shot deflected just past the near post but Wolves still looked capable of getting a second and Doyle's lob from Stephen Ward's pass over the top beat Gomes but dropped wide.

On the hour Wolves boss Mick McCarthy replaced left-back Ward with George Elokobi, while Peter Crouch came on for Eidur Gudjohnsen. Elokobi was the first man to be booked, eight minutes after coming on when he body-checked David Bentley.

In a final throw of the dice Redknapp introduced Luka Modric for Kranjcar in an attempt to inject more creativity, while McCarthy strengthened the midfield with Michael Mancienne taking over from Adlène Guedioura.

Palacios was booked for going through the back of Jarvis as Tottenham's frustration began to grow.

The visitors stepped up the pressure in the final 10 minutes but Wolves soaked it all up to register back-to-back home clean sheets in the league for the first time in the campaign.

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