GB About: Wolves Publish: 02/14/2022 Edit: 02/14/2022 Author: Gardener
Antonio Conte lost his third straight game for the first time since 2009 after a comedy error dealt Spurs a major blow in the race to qualify for next season's Champions League. Raul Jimenez and Leander Dendocker pounced on a series of defensive errors in the first half, forcing Conte into a brutal early substitution before his team was whistled at half-time. After a change of formation and the introduction of new signing Dejan Kulusevski, Spurs had more possession in attacking areas but simply couldn't find a way past a Wolves side with an enormously impressive defensive record. Wolves are now properly in seventh ahead of Spurs, while Conte plots how to turn this season around after a miserable week. Follow all the action LIVE with Standard Sport's dedicated match blog. * As Watched: Game Not Televised, Highlights of Match of the Day 2 86:00 - Son is doing very well to make room for a sideline cut, but it's crowded once again. Spurs are still pushing but have lost some of the intensity of a few minutes ago which should make Wolves think they can hold on. 78:00 - Spurs aren't happy with the perceived waste of time but Podence has been struggling with an ankle problem throughout the game. 76:00 - Kulusevski pulls a narrow wide after Davies' knockdown. 74:00 - Son's searing pace knocked Saiss to the ball in the six-yard box, but the Moroccan does well to cover. Lots of promising signs from Spurs but very few clear chances. 72:00 - Wolves appear to have recovered, making better decisions on the ball and playing around the Tottenham press. 66:00 - Wolves look nevy, Sa with an odd clearance to grant them a corner. Need a gate here to set up a grandstand closure. Spurs close in and Winks' deflected try hits the post. If they can score in the next five or ten minutes, it would potentially lead to a frantic final with the spectators at their backs. 64:00 - Clear header but Winks hits a stunning volley which is deflected and saved well by Sa. 62:00 - Bentancur wins a free kick in a great area just wide of the box. Saiss got caught in the face by Bentancur but it looked random. 62:00 - Wolves look a lot more open now but boast quality on the counterattack. 60:00 - So much better in this half where Son and Kane are close. 57:00 - Kane sees his attempt saved by Sa after another breakaway. 56:00 - Kilman does so well to clear as Son looks at goal. Much better build from Spurs. 52:00 - Cundle picks up a loose ball, freeing Jimenez but his touch dodges it. A better touch there and the Wolves would be clear. 48:00 - It's a shame it's taken so long but Son drives towards the opposition and offers plenty of pace behind the Wolves' defence. Oh, being a fly on the wall of that halftime team chat. 45:00 - Spurs close after Moura heads over. 45:00 - Just in time for halftime, this could be huge. 12:00 - With the change of system, Spurs get better access to the ball in the lower areas, but are almost constantly caught on the counterattack. 39:00 - Saiss' move to clear allows Kane a shot, but once again he's blocked. The crowd loses patience and there are roars of frustration as Winks gives the ball away cheaply. It leads to another good opening for Wolves but Lloris saves from Podence. Spurs look menacing in the final third but it's incredibly easy for Wolves to play through. 35:00 - Kulusevski gave Spurs more presence in the last third but Wolves are trying to keep the ball in the middle of the park to take the sting out of the game. 32:00 - Son's great work almost tips Kane, but Sa does well to block him. Not necessarily with him, but the atmosphere doesn't look good. 24:00 - Kilman dances deep in her half for Tottenham challenges. It's been a nightmare afternoon for Hugo Lloris so far but the keeper has denied Wolves at least a third with a one-handed save from Jimenez. Spurs threatens to quickly become embarrassing. The next goal is huge and Conte's team must get it. Brings the ball down well to get a shot into the box after flipping his defender but ends up being blocked. 21:00 - Jimenez is AGAIN after a poor clearance but Lloris saves well. 20:00 - Kane with a dive shot almost beats Sa but the keeper pulls it off well. 18:00 - Comedy of mistakes in defense after Lloris loses the ball trying to play from behind. 16:00 - A brilliant through ball from Bentancur gets Son past the Wolves' defense but his shot is blocked by Coady. 15:00 - Walks away from Saiss, drags the team forward and earns applause. 13:00 - Playing through the middle doesn't suit Spurs, they keep losing the ball and letting Wolves counterattack. 12:00 - Wolves are so strong defensively and cause Spurs a lot of problems going forward as well. Terrible start for Spurs and the form book would suggest they have everything they need to do. Spurs defenders made a series of mistakes against Southampton and today it's Lloris' turn. 05:00 - Lloris flaps after a Neves cross, saves into traffic but the ball lands at Jimenez' feet, who poaches home. 05:00 - Kane loses the ball trying to switch, Winks then misses a tackle and Wolves are gone. However, Podence forced himself a little far onto the counter. 04:00 - Romero looks like a playmaker in the center of defence. 04:00 - When the wolves hit the ball around their backs, they get their game going. 03:00 - Kilman cuts out Wink's through ball but really fast stuff from Spurs so far. 02:00 - Sa Moura's cross holds well but really good start from Spurs. Antonio Conte must decide whether to hand over Rodrigo Bentancur and Dejan Kulusevski, first starters in the Premier League in January, after both came on as substitutes in the Southampton defeat. Eric Dier remains injured, as does Oliver Skipp, and Conte has acknowledged it could be a risk to start Cristian Romero and Heung-min Son for the third time in a week after returning from hamstring injuries, but has said that the couple it is also important to rest. TV Channels: The game will not be broadcast live in the UK. Highlights will be shown on BBC One's Match of the Day 2 on Sunday evening from 10:30pm. You can follow all the action here on Standard Sport's LIVE blog. Hello and welcome to Standard Sport's LIVE coverage of Tottenham's Premier League clash with Wolves.
Keywords: Lloris, Winks, Conte, third, Jimenez, Kane, Sa, Tottenham, Podence, Standard Sport's, first, Southampton, Bentancur, Saiss, Wolves, Spurs, Dejan Kulusevski, Antonio Conte, half, evening, today, afternoon, six-yard, seventh, 2009, Premier League, Sunday, BBC One's, UK, a week