Wolves 2 – 1 Spurs Match Review

Spurs v Wolves

Ange Postecoglou’s Tottenham suffered a narrow 2 – 1 defeat at Molineux against Wolves.

On Saturday afternoon, Ange Postecoglou’s Tottenham Hotspur travelled to Molineux in the West Midlands to face a Wolverhampton Wanderers side led by Head Coach Gary O’Neil. The Lilywhites were looking to bounce back from the 4 – 1 home defeat they had suffered at the hands of rivals Chelsea on Monday.

Ahead of Spurs’ match against Wolves, they sat second with 26 points accumulated from their 11 Premier League matches before their trip to Molineux. They knew that they would return to the summit of the Premier League with victory and lead the way for at least the duration of the international break if results went their way.

They were just a point behind leaders Manchester City and 2 points ahead of 2nd place Liverpool and North London rivals Arsenal in 3rd. 4 points also separated them and Aston Villa in 5th, who they face in their next Premier League match.

As for Wolves, O’Neil’s side was in 14th place with 12 points from their opening 11 top-flight matches of the 2023/24 season.

Tottenham have, of course, made a spectacular start to the 2023/24 Premier League season, and in their 11 games before facing Wolves, they had emerged with a number of memorable results and victories. This includes statement wins against Manchester United (2 – 0) and Liverpool, an emphatic 5 – 2 win at Turf Moor against newly promoted Burnley, and a memorable North London Derby where they drew 2 – 2 with Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium.

Now, let’s move on to the game itself in the Premier League between Wolves and Tottenham Hotspur at Molineux on Saturday afternoon.

It did not take long for Postecoglou’s side to take the lead in the West Midlands. Brennan Johnson, who signed for the North London club from Nottingham Forest in the summer, gave the away side the lead after a flowing move led to him slotting the ball home at the far post from close range (5’). Spurs were 1 – 0 up in less than 5 minutes.

After a flurry of chances to restore parity, Wolves were almost punished for not taking these chances when Spurs defender Ben Davies missed the target after meeting a Pedro Porro cross in first half stoppage time.

The half time whistle then went with Tottenham still in the lead after Johnson’s early first half goal.

Following more chances in the early stages of the second half, Dejan Kulusevski had Spurs’ next opportunity to double their advantage, but the Sweden international was denied by a fantastic block by the Wolves defenders (56’).

The home side were almost punished for missed chances again with less than twenty minutes to go, thanks to Brennan Johnson. The ex-Nottingham Forest forward saw his effort on goal fly narrowly wide of the right post after he had received a ball into his feet from Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg (72’).

Then, in the dying embers of the second half, Tottenham Hotspur had two chances in almost as many minutes to put the game to bed and make it 2 – 0. Son Heung-Min went close, but his effort from close range was blocked. Then, substitute Giovani Lo Celso forced a great save from Wolves Goalkeeper José Sa (88’).

Tottenham would live to regret these missed opportunities. Pablo Sarabia equalised early in stoppage time (90+1’), before Mario Lemina scored the winner for the home time with almost the last kick of the game (90+7’).

The final whistle then went with Spurs perhaps unlucky to find themselves on the wrong end of a 2 – 1 score line.

Following this result, Ange Postecoglou’s Tottenham now sit in 4th place with 26 points. They are still only 2 points adrift of top of the table Manchester City following the Cityzens’ incredible 4 – 4 draw at Stamford Bridge against Chelsea. They are also just a point behind Arsenal (3rd) and Liverpool (2nd)

As for Wolves, they have climbed into 12th place, and they now have 15 points from their 12 matches and sit 9 clear of the relegation zone.

Following the match, Tottenham Hotspur Head Coach Ange Postecoglou had this to say (via Tottenham’s Official Website): “Obviously, it’s a hard one to take right at the end. The lads gave everything they could. We probably ran out of legs towards the end. Wolves were always going to come at us and scored a couple of good goals, to be fair to them. So, yes, disappointing for us to concede so late.”

Spurs did dominate possession with 58.5% of the ball, compared with 41.5% for Wolves. The Lilywhites had 2 shots on target compared to their hosts’ 4.

After the conclusion of 2023’s final international break, Tottenham’s next Premier League game sees them host Unai Emery’s Aston Villa at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Sunday 26th November 2023 (14:00 Kick-Off).

They then face Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium (Sunday 3rd December, 16:30) before another home game, this time against London rivals West Ham United on Thursday 7th December 2023 (20:15 Kick-Off).

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