OPPONENTS Wolverhampton Wanderers at Molineux
COMPETITION Premier League 
DATE Saturday 3rd November 2018
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PREDICTION Wolverhampton Wanderers    1        Tottenham Hotspur    2
Spurs will be missing Eric Dier, Jan Vertonghen, Danny Rose and Victor Wanyama for the visit to Wolverhampton.
The Molineux outfit will be without Diogo Jota, with the rest of the squad available.

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Premier League Kick off 19:45
Wolverhampton Wanderers  2 (0)  
Tottenham Hotspur  3 (2)

Neves (p)  67m 43s
Jimenez (p)  78m 06s


Lamela  26m 51s
Moura  29m 45s
Kane  62m 00s

Crowd :   31,185 Weather :  Chilly
Referee :  Mike Dean (Wirral) Assistant Referees :  Mr. Dan Robathan; Mr. Mark Scholes
Fourth Official :  Jon Moss  
Spurs kicked off and played towards the Stan Cullis stand in the first half.
Game time : -  90 + 7 minutes.
Bennett (foul on Son) 25


Winks (foul on Gibbs-White) 86 


Wolverhampton Wanderers : kit Tottenham Hotspur : kit

  5  Ryan BENNETT     
16  Conor COADY
15  Willie BOLY
  2  Matt DOHERTY

28  Joao MOUTINHO  (17  Morgan GIBBS-WHITE  62)
  8  Ruben NEVES    (p)
  7  Ivan CAVALEIRO  (33  Leo BONATINI  63)

10  Helder COSTA (37  Adama TRAORE 84)

  9  Raul JIMENEZ  (p)

Unused subs: 
  John RUDDY
30  Cortney HAUSE
32  Leander DENDONKER


    1  Hugo LLORIS  (c)

  2  Kieran TRIPPIER
21  Juan FOYTH
33  Ben DAVIES

  8  Harry WINKS      
19  Mousa DEMBELE  (  7  Heung-Min SON  7  [23  Christian ERIKSEN  59])

27  Lucas MOURA    (  6  Davinson SANCHEZ  79)
1  Erik LAMELA 
17  Moussa SISSOKO

10  Harry KANE 

Unused subs: 
24  Serge AURIER
  Oliver SKIPP
18  Fernando LLORENTE

Manager :  Nuno Espirito Santo Manager :  Mauricio Pochettino
Sponsor :    W88 Shirt sponsor :  AIA
Kit Supplier :  adidas Kit Supplier :   Nike
Match report

A frantic finish put Spurs under more stress than was entirely necessary, but the fierce Wolves comeback was repelled, despite the concession of two penalties.  The three goals that Tottenham already had in the bag were a vital cushion to take the three points home from the Midlands.  Tottenham’s trip to the Black Country didn’t feature Dele Alli, but otherwise it was the strongest eleven available to Mauricio Pochettino, having kept Christian Eriksen on the bench after a run-out in midweek against West Ham.

Within two minutes, a slide tackle by Davies took Costa into Dembele and he went down immediately indicating that he was in great pain. Spurs played on with ten men for a couple of minutes, as Mousa was helped around the pitch before getting on a stretcher, as he couldn’t put any weight on his ankle. Heung-Min Son replaced him and the side had to be immediately reshuffled, as Sissoko had to give up his advanced midfield position to drop back into Dembele’s place alongside Winks.

The early possession was Tottenham’s, but they failed to get through the Wolves defence and the home side had the first meaningful effort in the 11th minute, when a quick throw. Following Davies getting caught on the ball, put him in space and he struck a 20 yard shot that flew just over the angle of the goal. Doherty came down the same side and cut inside to hit a low shot, but it lacked any power and Lloris got down to it easily, as Wolves got into the game a bit more.

Both sides were passing the ball around, but didn’t make much of them, until Kane got into the box onto Winks’ smart pass and he hit a low shot across the keeper in the 20th minute to force a low save from Patricio.  Tottenham were a bit loose with their passing within 30 yards of their own goal, but the final pass from the Wolves players wasn’t crucial. When Spurs did get away, Kane was pushed over and trying to take a quick free-kick, Moutinho stood in the way of it and Mike Dean failed to even talk to him, so it appears another law of the game is fading from use by the officials.

What happened next was against the way it had been going, as Spurs created an incisive break into the box. Trippier and Lamela exchanged passes before Erik did the same with Sonny, taking the ball on his chest and running into the right channel in the penalty area. He took the ball on with his left foot and then shot with his right, clipping it through the keeper’s legs to score.  Spurs had worked the ball well and then Wolves allowed their markers to run into space, which cost them.

Within three minutes, Wolves found themselves further behind. A good string of passes saw Tottenham work the ball across the pitch and it came wide to Trippier, who lofted a cross to the far post. Of all players, it was Lucas Moura who was there to put a precise header back where the keeper had come from to hit the net for 2-0. Just half an hour gone and Tottenham were two goals to the good.

In the 33 rd minute, Harry Kane struck a low shot that bounced in front of the keeper and came off his chest, but he got up to claim it at the second go. Four minutes after that Wolves thought they has got back into the game when Jimenez put a shot past Hugo from close range, but the offside flag was  up a long time before he got the ball. Tottenham were under some pressure as a corner saw a lot of jostling for position and then white shirts were thrown in the way to stop shots ending with Boly putting a diving header wide.

Spurs almost hit on the break as Moura’s pass found its way right to Lamela, but his touch took it too far wide right and a cross went over everyone and then a bit of over-playing let a good situation go begging. When Moura just failed to reach Winks’ through pass, Wolves built from the back and got an effort on goal, but Neves’ drive sailed over.
The second half started to the strains of Jeff Beck’s “Hi Ho Silver Lining” with words adapted to meet the home team’s name, with their fans hoping that this particular dark cloud had one. When a Spurs attack broke down, it looked like that might happen. Costa was allowed to run from the hallway line, finding Jimenez in the box on the right, but his shot was beaten out by Lloris, then Costa got into the same side of the area and in trying to beat Hugo at his near post, the keeper stuck out a foot that stopped the ball and it bounced off Foyth for a corner. The next  attack was also from Wolves, who went close when Cavaleiro’s cross was cleared and hit back in by Neves. Lloris had to be alert to dive to his right and get low to push the ball wide for another corner.

Spurs were having trouble getting hold of the ball, as Wolves roared out for the second half.  There was a bit of a face-off when Trippier went for a high bouncing ball with Jimenez and the Wolves striker hit the floor to Kieran’s annoyance. The referee wasn’t interested in the penalty appeals, but the players went head to head before being told to calm down. There was also a debate about whether Spurs should have had a free-kick off to the right of the area but Sissoko tried to keep his feet and then hit a cross off for a goal-kick. When Kane got away down the right it looked as if there might be something until he decided to blaze a shot over the top, while ignoring Son and Lamela in the area.

Sonny was substitutes in the 59th minute, with Eriksen coming on, so, when Kane scored on 61 minutes, it looked a good change. A long goal-kick from Lloris was headed on by Kane to Erik Lamela, who jinked into the box and was allowed to progress as the Wolves defenders failed to put a challenge in on him. He hooked the ball back to Kane on the edge of the six-yard box and he struck a right foot volley that Patricio beat out, but Harry was sharpest to it and squeezed a left foot shot between the keeper, the post and a defender on the line. It was clinical by Spurs, which they aren’t always, but Wolves’ head of pressure was released with the third goal.

Wolves dropped their intensity a little and Spurs passed the ball around almost unhindered. Lucas Moura was enjoying time and space and when the ball went out to Kane on  the left, he came inside to bend a shot towards the far post which Patricio did well to dive across to and push wide. Spurs were trying to get a bit too clever, with Trippier trying to nut-meg Bonatini and Foyth brought down Jimenez and Dean had no doubt about pointing to the spot. Neves made no doubt by sending Lloris the wrong way to bring the score back to 3-1.

Spurs almost made the score 4-1 straight away, when Lucas knocked a ball over the top to Kane, who struck and early shot that the keeper had to beat out, although it was straight at him.  Wolves almost cut Tottenham’s lead further when substitute Gibbs-White threaded a pass through to Costa with 15 minutes left. He was through on Hugo, but the keeper spread himself and the pressure on the winger forced him to put his shot narrowly wide of the Spurs keeper’s right hand post. The opportunity to get back closer was handed to them again by Foyth, who nudged over Jonny as he went past him, but Jimenez slotted the ball home to make it 3-2. It immediately brought Sanchez on for Moura and Spurs looked as though Pochettino was determined to dig in for the narrow win.

All the things that Spurs had been doing were now lost and when Bonatini went down under contact from Sanchez off the ball, the home crowd wanted another spot-kick. Playing the ball out from the back, Spurs were now getting caught and the ball kept coming back at them. All the play was one way now and the midfield weren’t closing down, allowing Wolves to play the ball into wide positions.

The fourth official showed four minutes to add on and Tottenham needed to hold onto the ball to take the strong out of the game. When Traore threw himself into Davies’ challenge, Dean gave a free-kick that saw the final minute of added time tick on. The free-kick was cleared away and Lloris had to dive out to punch a Bennett header towards goal away. It was enough to keep the score-line the same as the ref blew the whistle.

Despite all Gary Neville’s comments about the club being “spineless”, they showed some strength after letting the home team back into the match. As the Spurs fans celebrated yet another away win, the club snuck into fourth place in the table ahead of teams who had dropped points earlier in the day.  It was another good team performance and the goals are coming now.  Lamela was probably the man of the match, but there were good contributions all round.  A special word must go to Juan Foyth, who conceded two penalties on his debut, but showed enough to give glimpses that he will be a fine defender in the future.  And he managed to give away two pens and not get booked !!  Hugo made amends for his recent mistakes, with some very good saves and Toby marshalled the back line when it was close to caving in.

Doherty failed to trouble Spurs too much and left his defensive responsibilities at the other end of the pitch, making it easy for Moura to score, while Moutinho showed he still possesses his passing range, but his legs have gone and the number of times he fouled to tried to (and missed) was almost embarrassing. Many of the Wolves players did not seem to be at their best in the first half and the two successive defeats may have knocked their confidence, but they had a better second half, with Spurs having to defend desperately in some instances.

For Spurs, the under the radar ploy of not playing well and winning seems to be holding true and it will be onto the game with PSV next, which is a must win game, as is the one against Palace next Saturday night.  Looks like they will just have to win them all !!

The Polyphant

Match facts

Mousa Dembele’s 250th game for Spurs
Juan Foyth makes his Premier League debut

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Other scores during this week :
Arsenal 1 Liverpool 1 Saturday
Bournemouth 1 Manchester United 2 Saturday
Cardiff City 0 Leicester City 1 Saturday
Everton 3 Brighton & Hove Albion 1 Saturday
Newcastle United 1 Watford 0 Saturday
West Ham United London 4 Burnley 2 Saturday
Manchester City 6 Southampton 1 Sunday
Chelsea 3 Crystal Palace 1 Sunday
Huddersfield Town 1 Fulham 0 Monday



League Table  2018-19
  P W D L F A Pts GD
1 Manchester City 11 9 2 0 33 4 29 +29
2 Chelsea 11 8 3 0 27 8 27 +19
3 Liverpool 11 8 3 0 21 5 27 +16
4 TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR 11 8 0 3 19 10 24 +9
5 Arsenal 11 7 2 2 25 14 23 +11
6 Bournemouth 11 6 2 3 20 14 20 +6
7 Manchester United 11 6 2 3 19 18 20 +1
8 Watford 11 6 1 4 16 13 19 +3
9 Everton 11 5 3 3 19 15 18 +4
10 Leicester City 11 5 1 5 17 16 15 +1
11 Wolverhampton Wanderers 11 4 3 4 11 12 15 -1
12 Brighton & Hove Albion 11 4 2 6 11 16 14 -5
13 West Ham United London 11 3 2 6 13 17 11 -4
14 Crystal Palace 11 2 2 7 8 16 8 -8
15 Burnley 11 2 2 7 12 25 8 -13
16 Southampton 11 1 4 6 7 20 7 -13
17 Newcastle United 11 1 3 7 7 14 6 -7
18 Huddersfield Town 11 1 3 7 5 21 6 -16
19 Cardiff City 11 1 2 8 9 24 5 -15
20 Fulham 11 1 2 8 11 29 5 -18


Position before match :  5th
Position after match :  4th
Position after the weekend :  4th


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