Spurs beat Wolves on penalties and advance through the Carabao Cup

It was a tense Wednesday evening at the Molineux Stadium as both sides fought to the death in this delicious cup tie. Tottenham Hotspur split the difference, beating Wolverhampton Wanderers 2-2 (2-3) on penalties. Spurs will go on to play Burnley in the 4th round of the Carabao Cup. After a struggling start to the season, Wolves find themselves without a successful cup run to add to their woes.

Spurs looked dominant early on

Spurs took charge in the early period of the game and were leading Wolves by 2 goals to 0. Spurs let their lead slip and Ruben Neves, Leander Dendoncker, and Conor Coady all missed their penalties which ultimately drew the curtains on Wolves’ cup run.

The first goal for Spurs came from the feet of Tanguy Ndombele. After Oliver Skipp took the ball from Ruben Neves, Ndombele broke away from the Wolves defence and slotted his shot comfortably beneath John Ruddy.

9 minutes later, Oliver Skipp excellently broke up the Wolves advance again, before Dele Alli played an excellent pass through to Kane who had no trouble doubling the lead for Tottenham.

Tottenham seemed incredibly comfortable in their lead. Alli and Lo Celso registered further shots on goal. Just before the halftime whistle, Dendoncker managed to head in a Wolves corner which turned the momentum of the game.

Dendoncker’s goal was, remarkably, Wolves’ first home goal of the season and it somewhat uplifted the home fans.

Early in the second half, both teams had clear shots on target and created chances that could have either levelled the score or ended the game early for Wolves. Until the 58th minute, NDombele went from hero to villain and lost the ball to Hwang. The ball fell into the lap of Podence who beat the Spurs keeper.

Spurs split the difference on penalties

Spurs clinched the victory on penalties. Neves found row Z with his penalty, Coady hit the bar and Gollini saved Dendoncker’s to take Spurs through.

The Tottenham team will be relieved to have secured the victory having suffered Premier League defeats against Chelsea and Palace.

That is the second time this season Nuno has registered a win against his old side, both times on their stomping ground. You can watch the return fixture on the 12th of February from the luxury of Spurs’ hospitality seats. Can Nuno make it 3 out of 3?

The Spurs starting XI

GK

P. Gollini

DEF

J. Tanganga
C. Romero
D. Sanchez
B. Davies

MDF

D Alli
O Skipp
T NDombele
G Lo Celso
B Gil

FWD

H Kane

The manager’s thoughts

After the game, Nuno stated that,

“The game was emotional. It was a good game, well played. We started well, scored beautiful goals. We cannot keep repeating the same mistakes with set pieces. We need to learn and grow, we must minimise these mistakes. That’s what makes the game harder. We lost a bit of control…

…Penalties are not luck. We have to work and the boys did well, very good.”

What’s next for Tottenham Hotspur

The North London Derby takes place this Sunday at 4.30pm away at the Emirates. A monumental fixture for the ages.

Spurs then have two home games in a row. Midweek against N.S Mura, you can get hospitality tickets for this European fixture for as little as £49.

It’s then Spurs v Villa at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Sunday 3rd October. Get your Spurs v Aston Villa tickets for that game before they run out!

COYS!