Spurs beat Wolves 3-1 with late treble

London: Some inspired substitutions gave a relieved Tottenham Hotspur a 3-1 home victory over Wolverhampton Wanderers in the Premier League on Saturday when they scored three goals in the last 13 minutes.

Trailing 1-0 at halftime, Harry Redkapp played his hand to perfection as Rafael van der Vaart and replacements Roman Pavlyuchenko and Alan Hutton brought an impressive turnaround.

Everton could not repeat their own comeback heroics from last week as they lost at home in the league for the first time in 10 months, thanks to a superb 45th-minute strike by Newcastle United`s Hartem Ben Arfa.

Birmingham City`s unbeaten start to the season ended at The Hawthorns as West Bromwich Albion came from 1-0 down at halftime with three goals in 10 minutes to win 3-1, while Aston Villa against Bolton Wanderers, Blackburn Rovers v Fulham and Stoke City against West Ham United all ended 1-1.

Arsenal visit Sunderland later on Saturday while the big game of the weekend is at Old Trafford on Sunday when Manchester United play Liverpool, with Chelsea also in action at home to Blackpool.

Spurs, who made their Champions League debut with a draw against Werder Bremen on Tuesday, looked to be suffering a European hangover as Steven Fletcher put Wolves ahead.

Fullback Hutton went on for the second half and earned the 77th-minute penalty that Van der Vaart converted.

Aaron Lennon joined the fray after 86 minutes and with virtually his first touch sent in the cross that led to 67th- minute sub Pavlyuchenko putting Spurs ahead three minutes from time with Hutton scrambling in a fortunate third.

"We played well in the first half, made lots of chances. They are tough to break down, but we stuck at it, kept playing and got our just rewards," Redknapp told BBC Radio 5-Live.

"It`s hard playing Tuesday and Saturday so you need people coming off the bench, you need strength in depth.”

"Alan had a great second half, Pav came on, hadn`t touched the ball for 20 minutes but it fell to him and he rolled it in, Aaron came on and had a fantastic little spell for us."

Newcastle maintained their unpredictable progress by becoming the first team to triumph in the league at Goodison Park since Liverpool won there last November.

Having beaten Villa 6-0 then lost 2-0 at home to Blackpool it was anyone`s guess what Chris Hughton`s side would do on Saturday.

As it turned out they were the slightly more adventurous of two cautious teams and took the lead at the end of the first half when Hartem Ben Arfa, in his first start since his summer arrival from Olympique Marseille, unleashed a fierce shot from 25 metres.

Everton, who scored twice in stoppage time a week ago to draw 3-3 with Manchester United, almost produced another last-gasp equaliser but Ayegbeni Yakuba hit a post and Marouane Fellaini`s goal-bound shot was brilliantly deflected by Fabricio Coloccini.

They are now languishing second from bottom of the table with two points.

Bureau Report

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