Wolves finally break Tottenham resistance to avenge early error

Date published: Sunday 27th December 2020 9:10


Wolves’ persistence eventually paid off after a late Romain Saiss header cancelled out an early Tottenham strike in their 1-1 draw at Molineux.

Within 20 seconds Son Heung-min had sprung the offside trap and got behind the defence, but the angle was acute and only a corner could be fashioned.

The set piece broke to Tanguy Ndombele 20 yards out, who tried his luck and came up trumps when his central strike somehow evaded the grasp of Rui Patricio. The Portuguese stopper appeared to take a slight step the wrong way in anticipation of a cross, resulting in his inability to keep out the regulation strike.

The lead was almost doubled through the unlikely source of Sergio Reguilon.

Ndombele – at the heart of the action – cut inside before picking out the left-back inside the box. His headed effort was deft, but the contact was not sufficient enough as the ball flew agonisingly past the far post.

Wolves‘ attempts to regain parity were falling flat and leaving space for Tottenham to counter. A three-vs-two soon emerged, but with Kane waiting on the right, the wrong pass was picked to Reguilon who failed to trouble Patricio with a poor effort.

Nelson Semedo then got the better of Ben Davies down the right before picking out Fabio Silva darting to the near post.

The youngster displayed excellent movement to craft the opening, but his first-time effort screwed just beyond the near post.

As half-time neared, Daniel Podence spurned a glorious opportunity to level the scores after his close-range left-footed strike provided light work for Hugo Lloris.

The second-half began with controversy after Fabio Silva’s appeals for a penalty were waved away.

Replays showed Eric Dier had kicked the underside of Silva’s boot, but the theatrical fall seemingly worked against the frontman as no penalty was forthcoming.

Podence’s influence on the game began to grow, but with talismanic centre-forward Raul Jimenez in the stands, Wolves continued to lack a cutting edge in the most crucial moments.

A relative stalemate then descended onto the contest. Content with safeguarding their narrow advantage, Tottenham sat back soaking up pressure.

With time running out, Wolves’ drive and determination finally paid off when Romain Saiss glanced a corner past Lloris and inside the far post.

Silva wasted a golden opportunity to win it in injury time, but that would prove to be the pivotal moment of the match as both sides were ultimately forced to settle for a point apiece.


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