After a promising 2-0 victory over Everton on Wednesday, which pulled Tottenham level on points with Manchester United and only three points behind leaders Manchester City, Spurs finally had the wind sucked out of their sails as they played Wolverhampton to a 1-1 draw from White Hart Lane Saturday afternoon. Croatian midfield magician Luka Modrić saved Spurs from complete embarrassment as he salvaged one point for Tottenham with his 51st minute shot from the top of the box. It appeared to be a savable shot but there was too much traffic in front of the Wolves net for goalie Wayne Hennessey to react appropriately.
The goal cancelled out Steven Fletcher’s 22nd minute tap-in goal for Wolves following an incorrect called corner kick. Both Spurs goalie Brad Friedel and Luka Modrić could not deflect the ball far enough from the goal line and Fletcher cleaned up the mess for an early lead. Spurs applied pressure throughout the match with a ‘trigger happy’ Modrić unable to find the proper shot on goal. He managed seven shots throughout the match but only had three on frame. Good to see his confidence in shooting has arrived; now Modrić only needs to finish shots accordingly.
Niko Kranjčar remained on the bench as an unused substitute while Vedran Ćorluka is nowhere to be seen as a Spurs player. Will he ever get back into this Tottenham squad?
Modrić equalizer @ 0:55
Rangers should be happy they didn’t sell Croatian striker Nikica Jelavić (yet) as he scored two goals Saturday against St. Johnstone to help his side earn the full three points and stay two points behind rivals Celtic in Scotland. Jelavić opened up the scoring in the 24th minute when he stretched out and wisely deflected his own teammates’ shot to put the ball in the back of the net. It looked as if the St. Johnstone goalie would have made the save easily without Jelavić’s doing.
Jelavić has the ‘striker’s instinct’
After a Carlos Bocanegra own goal tied the game up in the 68th minute, Jelavić once again came through with an ‘Ivica Olić right place right time’ tap-in goal for Rangers to win it in the 80th minute. After a long free kick was played into the box deflecting off the crossbar, Jelavić easily could have walked in the ball from two yards out with the goalie left to rot after an uncalibrated save attempt. Jela will take the goal and the win most importantly. He remains the Scottish goal scoring leader up to date with 16 goals thus far in the campaign.
Jelavić doubles his fun vs. St. Johnstone
Ivan Klasnić remained on the bench for Bolton in a 3-0 loss to Manchester United.