Wolves 2 Tottenham 3: Spurs survive late fightback to leap again into high 4


TOTTENHAM showed they are the Premier League’s biggest bullies once again as they maintained their unparalleled record against Premier League new boys to leap into the top four in style.

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Wolves 2 Tottenham 3: Lucas Moura and Harry Kane both got themselves on the scoresheet (Pic: GETTY/ ACTION PLUS)

It’s now 39 unbeaten games against the rookies – 36 of them victories – since Mauricio Pochettino entered White Hart Lane.

Before the game he admitted that Saturday nights were usually spent cuddling up with his dog Sanso on the couch at home.

Well this proved to be pedigree display and one which flew in the face of critic Gary Neville’s assertion that Tottenham can often be placed in the category of being soft and flaky.

Spurs might have a win or bust Champions League game against PSV Eindhoven coming up on Tuesday night but there was no holding back and goals from Erik Lamela and Lucas Moura got the job done by half-time.

Harry Kane added a third with his first Premier League goal for more than a month to end any ambitions of a Wolves recovery.

Wolves had a perfectly good goal wrongly chalked off for offside which left manager Nuno Espirito Santo fuming and when they threatened they found Hugo Lloris in defiant mood.

It might not have been the green green grass of home – Spurs still await their bow at the new White Hart Lane – but at least Molinuex was a surface upgrade on the grid iron scarred mess that was Wembley on Monday night.

Pochettino was also looking for an improvement on the playing side after defeat against Manchester City and they suffered an early blow when Mousa Dembele limped off after he became the unfortunate victim of Ben Davies’s challenge on Helder Costa, the Belgian’s right ankle appearing to give way as three bodies collided.

Spurs had already started without Dele Alli who is still inching his way back to full fitness following a hamstring injury despite his involvement against City and West Ham  in the Carabao Cup.

The Spurs boss had placed his faith in 20-year-old Argentinian central defender Juan Foyth who was handed his Premier League debut following a formidable display in midweek against the Hammers.

But Wolves anxious to atone for two successive defeats – the first time under their current boss enjoyed the majority of the early possession and went close when Raul Jimenez fizzed a shot just over the bar.

Little did they know what they were letting themselves in for.

Harry Kane served up a reminder of his sharp striking skills when Moura picked out the Spurs captain and it needed a fine stop from Patricio to keep out a low stinging effort.

But there was nothing the Portuguese keeper could do as Lamela displayed finishing prowess which had been absent at Wembley, the forward ballooning an easy opportunity over the bar against Manchester City.

This time he kept his nerve in the 27th minute to finish off a neat one-two with Son who had replaced Dembele and had brought some zest and selfless running to the Spurs cause.

The final pass from the South Korean was perfect and Lamela took it in his stride before impudently poking it through the Wolves keeper’s legs.

Three minutes later Spurs made it 2-0 as the Wolves defence went missing. Again Son was involved with a neat ball to Kieran Trippier. When it comes to delivering crosses there are few better but the ease in which he found Moura free around the six yard box will lead to an inquest from the Wolves coaching staff.

A header was too good for Patricio and the home side were now left with a mountain to climb.

But a rogue assistant referee’s flag denied them the start of a comeback, Helder Costa wrongly flagged as he moved into the area to cross for Jimenez to bundle the ball over the line.

It needed three excellent saves from Hugo Lloris to deny the home side who came racing out of the blocks after the break.

Jimenez and Costa were denied before he pulled out all the stops to somehow divert a brilliantly struck low drive from Ruben Neeves around the post.

Then just to rub salt in the Wolves wounds Kane made it 3-0 after 61 minutes following good work by Lamela. Kane saw his first effort from close range blocked only to steer the rebound over the line.

Neeves grabbed a back from the penalty spot after Foyth tripped Jimenez.


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