Gallery: Player Ratings – Wolves 1-2 Spurs

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A good game from the keeper again, continuing to impress in the absence of Lloris. He was commanding in the air from Wolves crosses and he had a decent save in the second half to keep the score level.

Tottenham Hotspur grabbed a very valuable three points away from home at Wolves with goals coming from Lucas Moura and Jan Vertonghen. The win was hardly deserved, but it won’t matter to anyone as Spurs moved within 3 points of Chelsea in 4th, making the game against them next week a showdown for the Champions League spot.

Tottenham started off as the better side with the goal coming in the 8th minute from an individual brilliance by Lucas Moura who hit the roof of the net with a powerful hit after avoiding two Wolves tackles. The match then turned into a one-way traffic with Wolves pressing Spurs high up the pitch and keeping control of the ball. To credit the Spurs defenders though, they dealt with the crosses very well, especially keeping Jimenez quiet. And the lead should have been two before half-time, but Dier hit the post after playing an exquisite one-two with Dele on the edge of the box.

Second half was more of the same until the equalizer with Wolves trapping Spurs deep in their half and trying to create from wide positions, especially the left hand side with Aurier and Sanchez both struggling. Adama Traore scored a screamer of his own in the 68th minute on a counter and it looked like Wolves would go on and win the game from there. However, Spurs showed mental fortitude that was necessary to keep the game in check and settled into the game more with good 15 minute performances from Lucas and Dele keeping the ball and trying to create. Just when the matched was looking to end in a draw, Vertonghen came up with a very impressive header from an Eriksen corner that found the corner of the net, giving all 3 points to his team.

This was certainly not a good, even an average performance from Tottenham. But this game was more about result than performance, and Spurs securing the win means so much for their season, especially with Chelsea at home coming up next. Top 4 is now a win away, and that looked like a dream at the start of Mourinho’s tenure.     

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