Wolverhampton Wanderers beat Tottenham Hotspur 2-1 last Saturday, Nov. 11, in a Premier League match to inflict a second consecutive defeat on Ange Postecoglou’s team.
Tottenham now remain in the second position with 26 points from 12 matches and Manchester City have a chance of going four points clear at the top if they are able to win against Chelsea on Sunday.
Wolves scored two late goals to sneak out a win
Tottenham scored a goal in the third minute of the match after Brennan Johnson tapped in from a Pedro Porro cross. However, Wolves kept attacking in waves thereafter and they got the results towards the end, as Pablo Sarabia scored a goal and then registered an assist.
A depleted Tottenham were without the likes of Cristian Romero, Micky van de Ven and James Maddison and were on the defensive for the majority of the game. Wolves kept playing through passes past the centre-back pairing of Ben Davies and Eric Dier, as the full-backs, Porro and Emerson Royal, kept going into overlaps and the latter also moved inside to play in midfield.
Tottenham also missed the creative spark upfront that Maddison usually provides. Pape Matar Sarr played in an advanced role, but did so without having much of an impact.
However, both of the full-backs kept falling back into their own half after the initial half an hour or so to make it a proper back-four while defending. Still, it was not enough to save the day for them, as a cross from the left led to Sarabia’s goal.
The Spaniard then played a cross from the right to Mario Lemina, who slot home and thereby reaped the rewards for his hard work throughout the match.
Winning ugly was necessary for Tottenham Hotspur
Had Tottenham been able to stave off Wolves for a few more minutes, it would have earned them three very precious points. Winning such matches is essential to stay in the race for the league title, as a champion team should be able to sneak out a victory even on a day when things are not going their way.
The defeat would have disappointed Postecoglou, as his side seems to have lost the momentum by now and will have to chase Manchester City now.