Tottenham 1-3 Wolves: Report, Ratings & Reaction as Visitors Fightback
Stuns Spurs at Wembley
Tottenham’s title aspirations were dealt a major blow after they slipped to a shock 3-1 defeat to Wolves at Wembley on Saturday afternoon.
Spurs were in control during the opening exchanges and they took the lead in spectacular style midway through the first-half. Harry Kane jinked his way past Willy Boly on the edge of the 18-yard box before unleashing a curling effort into the top corner, away from the despairing Rui Patricio in the Wolves goal.
Despite continuing to dominate possession for the remainder of the opening 45 minutes, Spurs weren’t able to fashion any more clear chances on goal and were forced to go in at the interval one goal to the good.
Wolves improved greatly in the second-half and, after pressure began to grow on the Tottenham goal, Boly managed to find an equaliser for the visitors with 20 minutes left on the clock. The Frenchman rose highest to nod home an emphatic header from a Wolves corner, providing Spurs with serious cause for concern.
Things went from bad to worse for Spurs when Raul Jimenez put Wolves into the lead late on. He demonstrated some decent footwork in the box before catching Hugo Lloris out with a snap shot that trickled into the bottom right hand corner.
The game was wrapped up moments later when Helder Costa added a third goal. Wolves sprung a quick counter-attack after Tottenham committed plenty of bodies forward and the Portuguese was on hand to round off the move off with a composed finish.
That proved to be the final action of the game, with Tottenham handed their first league defeat since the start of December.
Key Talking Point
Whether or not Mauricio Pochettino chooses to believe it, Tottenham are in a decent position to challenge for the Premier League trophy and that means they are going to be put under some serious pressure between now and the end of the season.
They’ve been in rampant form in recent weeks, but they couldn’t keep that good run going against a well organised Wolves side. Despite a very promising start, they allowed themselves to be pegged back by Wolves in the second-half. It simply seemed as though they ran out of steam – demonstrated by their lack of creativity in the final third during the second period.
Catching Liverpool would seem to be an impossible task, and Pochettino will know deep down that his side can’t afford to slip up again like they did today.
Starting XI: Lloris (5); Trippier (6), Alderweireld (6), Sanchez (7), Davies (6); Sissoko (5), Winks (5), Eriksen (7), Alli (6); Son (7), Kane (7).
Substitutes: Moura (5).
Star Man – Harry Kane
A tidy performance from Kane, with the obvious highlight being his outstanding opening goal in the first-half.
He worked incredibly hard to offer a different dynamic to Tottenham’s attack, dropping deep to offer a passing option for the midfield whilst simultaneously freeing up space for Son Heung-Min behind the Wolves defence. His influence on the game diminished towards the end of the match, but so did the rest of his teammates.