Belfast Telegraph

Adebayor on target in Spurs debut

Emmanuel Adebayor scored on his debut to help earn Tottenham their first Barclays Premier League win of the campaign as they recorded a 2-0 victory over Wolves at Molineux.

The on-loan Manchester City player broke the deadlock midway through the second half after collecting a pass from fellow Tottenham newcomer Scott Parker.

After an even opening 45 minutes, Tottenham were the better side in the second period and Jermain Defoe doubled their lead.

Parker set up an early chance for Defoe after dispossessing Karl Henry 30 yards from the Wolves goal but the England striker's shot was deflected wide.

Spurs then twice came close to taking the lead within a few seconds. First Wayne Hennessey did well to deny Adebayor at close range and the follow-up effort from Niko Kranjcar was cleared off the line by Roger Johnson.

Wolves hit back and Brad Friedel had to be alert to beat out a powerful drive from Jamie O'Hara after Richard Stearman had caught Kranjcar in possession.

Defoe was looking sharp for the visitors and had a shot turned around the post by Hennessey, while Gareth Bale dragged a shot into the side-netting in time added on.

With the second half under way, Adebayor managed to get in a shot despite the attention of three defenders but it was deflected over the bar.

But he was not to be denied and put Spurs ahead after 67 minutes. Parker supplied the vital pass and Adebayor took the ball around Hennessey before netting from close range.

Michael Kightly and Stephen Hunt were replaced by Adam Hammill and Matthew Jarvis in a double change by Wolves, but it could not prevent Spurs doubling their lead as Defoe played a one-two with Kranjcar before drilling a low shot past Hennessey.


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