Raphael van der Vaart scored his first goal for Spurs as Harry Redknapp’s side came from behind to avoid another European hangover and overcome a spirited Wolves side.
Redknapp sought to avoid a repeat performance of the home defeat against Wigan but he made only two changes from the side that started in Bremen with Robbie Keane and Younes Kaboul replacing Aaron Lennon and Vedran Corluka.
The away side started well and should have had a penalty when Matt Jarvis was brought to the ground by William Gallas though referee Michael Jones dismissed the fervent appeals.
Wolves took the lead in the 45th minute as Kevin Foley, played onside by a hobbling Kaboul, crossed for Steven Fletcher to nip in front of William Gallas and tap the ball past Carlo Cudicini.
The home side equalised in the 77th minute when Raphael van der Vaart scored a penalty after Alan Hutton was felled by Stephen Ward.
The home side took the lead 10 minutes later. Ward’s attempted pass hit the referee and the loose ball was played to Aaron Lennon. His cross deflected into the path of the previously anonymous Roman Pavlyuchenko finished emphatically.
The comeback was completed in the 90th minute as Hutton raced into the box and lost control of the ball. Richard Stearman’s attempted clearance deflected off the Scot and lobbed Hahnemann to make it 3-1.
Wolves manager Mick McCarthy admitted he was disappointed with the nature the defeat but wasn‘t surprised by losing to a team in the Champions League.
“We’ve contrived to give that away. We were the architects of our own downfall by allowing them to open us up and then get the pen.
“I think it fabulous that we’ve come to Spurs and took a one goal lead and I’m disappointed we’ve lost, but they are Champions League, aren’t they?”
Harry Redknapp was happy with the way his side came back from a goal down.
“I came in at half time and I wasn’t at all disappointed at how we played, I was disappointed to be one nil down obviously, but I couldn’t come in and criticise the players.
“It was always going to be difficult…but overall it was a great result for us.”