Mistakes galore as Spurs slip to third straight loss

Match report and free highlights as Wolves skip Spurs in the Premier League table and slot firmly into the European picture; Raul Jimenez and Leander Dendoncker did the damage in the first half

GB About: Spurs Publish: 02/14/2022 Edit: 02/14/2022 Author: Gardener

thirdWolves racked up three Premier League defeats for Tottenham after two first-half goals punished Antonio Conte's slack side in a 2-0 win. In a game where Tottenham fans defied a request from the club by continuing to chant the Y-word, their side fell behind after six minutes when a misfortune spell from Hugo Lloris allowed Raul Jimenez to head home in great fashion to shoot. Spurs were entirely to blame for their own downfall and could not have been more generous in helping Wolves to a two-goal lead. Things turned from bad to worse in Tottenham's backline when a poor pass from Ben Davies sparked an attack from Wolves and after Daniel Podence's try came back off the post Leandro Dendoncker was on hand to double the lead. Conte, who has lost three straight games for the first time since 2009, decided to replace Ryan Sessegnon with Dejan Kulusevski after 27 minutes, but Spurs remained flat and lacked ideas against the Wolves defence, who have now played nine times this season remained without a goal. Spurs improved after the break but despite 17 shots on goal - eight of them by Harry Kane - Jose Sa was relatively comfortable with what was thrown at him. Harry Winks hit the post with a deflected try but it was another disappointing day for the hosts. The win puts Wolves in seventh place ahead of Tottenham. With the top four contenders falling over themselves in slapstick fashion, consistency could be crucial in the race to qualify for the Champions League. Wolves may lack the individual quality of Arsenal, Tottenham and Manchester United but they make up for it in terms of team cohesion and a desire to defend. The Wolves' outstanding strength was their watertight defense. Their 17 clean sheets this season are only surpassed by Manchester City and no other side in the division have conceded fewer open-game goals than Wolves' 10. Spurs managed 17 shots but only managed an expected goal total of 1.07 - pointing to plenty of low-probability chances as they do excellent defense against the Wolves in their box. All successful teams need a top goalkeeper and Wolves' Sa was one of the bargains of the season - Olympiakos' £6.8million purchase last summer has the best savings rate in the Premier League this season. To single out a Wolves player is a little unfair given what was a complete team effort, but once again the safety and quality of Kilman's game stood out. Confident on the ball to drive forward and adept at being in the right place at the right time to obliterate danger, he managed to keep tabs on Heung-min Son, who had a rare day off in all aspects of his game . Kilman's standout moment came midway through the second half when the Wolves defender out of nowhere stopped Kane from testing Sa from close range. It was an impressive piece of defense and summed up his performance. Tottenham's defense in the opening 20 minutes of that defeat left Conte speechless as he pressed the issue in the post-match media. Spurs' criminal start to the game gave a team whose defensive record this season is only surpassed by Manchester City a two-goal lead. Tottenham threatened in patches but Jose Sa was rarely troubled, although Conte claimed it was one of Tottenham's best attacking performances since joining the club. But something that was as daylight as day was how disorganized and ragged the Spurs were in the early stages. World champion Lloris set the tone for six minutes with two goalkeepers who wouldn't have been out of place on a Sunday morning at Hackney Marshes. Sensing the nervousness, Wolves ran for the kill, scoring the second goal when Dendoncker gobbled up close range after another kamikaze play from Lloris and his defenders. It seemed like Tottenham were completely off work from the first whistle as they sometimes passed out from behind and the lack of reaction to danger in their box was just as bad. Conte has to take some responsibility for that. Spurs' task of qualifying for the Champions League is getting harder by the week. Antonio Conte said: "It's difficult to describe the loss. It was one of the best games we've ever played - we created a lot of chances to score. We had possession, but it's also difficult to explain how we started with two goals conceded - It's difficult to comment on the two goals we conceded. It's not easy when you start the game like that. But we're talking about another defeat. We'll keep working and we have to fight every time, for three points "The environment is used to playing for fourth place and the Champions League, but now I think everyone has to realize that something has changed compared to the past. "If you play two games at home and against Losing Chelsea to a side that wants to qualify for the Champions League is impossible. Maybe our fans shouldn't be disappointed with the loss but try to push us and stay behind." The players have to find the right atmosphere and not feel the pressure on a goal that you can't believe in at that moment. that they achieve that goal Bruno Lage, meanwhile, downplayed Wolves' own top four hopes despite the eminent win Wanderers are The former Benfica boss insisted he wasn't just dreaming of the promised land "I won't dream, I will can only dream of Leicester, they are a very strong side, very difficult to beat," said Lage ahead of next week's game against the Foxes. "That's why every game is a tough game." I was talki ng about character for the last week. "[We will] keep working hard as we are working. One day at a time, practice after practice, game and game. "The goal every time is to improve the way we work. "For me, the challenge is to win the team back, to try to understand our game, to try to get our best starting XI on the pitch determine and try to play the way we played today." Tottenham visit Manchester City next Saturday at 17.30 live on Sky Sports in the Premier League. Wolves host Leicester live on Sky Sports the following day at 16.30.

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