When it comes to "old school", few managers are better suited to speaking on the subject than Harry Redknapp. "Scotty Parker will be great for us, not only as a player but as a person," said Redknapp after second-half goals from the debutant Emmanuel Adebayor and Jermain Defoe gave Spurs their first win and, indeed, points of the season.
Redknapp's decision to single out the contribution of Parker was understandable. Aggressive, creative, and as far as the Wolves supporters were concerned, irritating, in equal measure, the England midfielder was a major influence on a breathless match.
"He's old school," said Redknapp. "He's one of those footballers every club used to have, but they don't breed them like that anymore. He's a Stevie Gerrard or John Terry type, a leader – they are very rare now, and we needed that."
In their first two games of the season, heavy defeats by Manchester United and Manchester City, Spurs had lacked aggression, said Redknapp. "We just tried to outplay the opposition," he said. The results spoke for themselves, but in this game, Spurs were able to mix it too.
It took Parker barely two minutes to make a positive impact. His perfectly timed challenge caught Karl Henry in possession outside the Wolves penalty area, and set up Jermain Defoe for a shot which Roger Johnson deflected wide.
Not to be outdone by his midfield partner, Luka Modric's first-time pass soon afterwards put Benoît Assou-Ekotto clear down the left for a low cross which Johnson almost turned past his own goalkeeper. Wayne Hennessey's reaction save was outstanding, but he had to rely on Stephen Ward to clear the attempted follow-up off the line.
Wolves were looking equally dangerous. Somewhat questionably, Brad Friedel chose to punch Jamie O'Hara's long-range shot, but the Spurs goalkeeper was at his best when Henry cut into the penalty area and curled in a low shot which Friedel dived to his right to touch around the post.
Incident piled on incident, but the best first-half chance came shortly after the half hour, when Johnson glanced Kightly's free-kick just past the post from inside the Spurs six-yard box.
It would have been remarkable if the second half had provided a similar level of entertainment, but chances continued to be created. It was evident that Adebayor was becoming more of a factor, an impression he soon confirmed. Nico Kranjcar's pass was helped into his path by Parker, and Adebayor was calmness personified as he took the ball around Hennessey before turning it into the empty net. Ten minutes later Kranjcar was again the provider, a simple pass to Defoe in the Wolves penalty area giving the England striker the chance to turn and shoot beyond Hennessey.
Redknapp was relieved that Spurs, already without William Gallas, Michael Dawson, Vedran Corluka, Steven Pienaar, Rafael van der Vaart, Tom Huddlestone and Aaron Lennon, left Molineux without any injuries, though he admitted he had no idea which players he will take to Greece this week for the Europa League clash with PAOK Salonika.
"Losing to Spurs, a Champions League team of last season, is no disgrace, and for the most part I was happy with how we performed," said the Wolves manager, Mick McCarthy.