Spurs were dealt a huge blow after losing 3-1 at home to Wolves at Wembley after the away side scored three second half goals. The Lilywhites took the lead after a goal of the season contender from Harry Kane but Wolves were the dominant side in the second half and scored three times in the last twenty minutes to end Spurs’ impressive winning and goalscoring run.
Spurs were the better side in the first half and had ten efforts on goal even though most did come from shots outside the area. Heung-min Son always looked like he was going to produce something and has been in great goalscoring form of late and Christian Eriksen looked his usual self, calm and calculated on the ball.
Kane’s goal came out of nowhere, as the Spurs man was around twenty-five yards out when he unleashed a speculative shot with his left foot. The speculative effort however whistled into the top corner of Rui Patricio’s net in what was a stunning strike from the England captain.
However the performance from Spurs in the second half was nothing like what was seen in their past two Premier League matches, where they had scored five and six goals. Instead it was flat and there was not much energy to the team whereas Wolves grew into the game with the introduction of Joao Moutinho.
The Portuguese man, who has over one hundred caps and was a EURO 2016 winner with his country, dictated the tempo of the match from the centre of Wolves’ midfield. It was his cross which led to Wolves deserved equaliser, which was powered home by French centre back Willy Boly.
Spurs tried to push for the advantage again but it was Wolves who looked the more threatening on the counter, so often as they have done all season. The second for Wolves came from Raul Jimenez whose tame effort managed to trickle past Hugo Lloris into the bottom corner much to the delight of the Wolves fans and bench.
Yet they were not done there as in injury time Helder Costa put the match out of the reach of Spurs by finishing off a devastating counter attack. His composed finish, after a perfectly timed run, made it an afternoon to forget for Mauricio Pochettino and his players.
Spurs did not have any shots on target in the second half and were given a stark reminder of what can happen in the Premier League if you lose your concentration. They remain second in the table for now whereas victory for Wolves means that they rise to seventh in the table and are just three points behind Manchester United.
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