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Wolves 1-1 Tottenham: Romain Saiss' late goal earns deserved point for Wolves

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Romain Saiss’ late goal earned a well-deserved 1-1 draw for Wolves after Tanguy Ndombele had put Tottenham ahead inside a minute.

It was almost a classic Jose Mourinho performance once again from Tottenham, as Ndombele send a low, hard strike past Rui Patricio after 57 seconds. They then sat back and soaked up plenty of Wolves pressure, having only one shot in the second half and their last shot on target in the 21st minute.

Spurs were let down by some lax set-piece defending as Saiss flicked home from a corner in the 86th minute to seal a point for the hosts. Ruben Neves and Fabio Silva both had late chances to win it for Wolves, but were thwarted by Hugo Lloris.

Tottenham missed the chance to go back into the top four and have instead ousted Man City in fifth, but are now four Premier League games without a victory. Wolves move up one place into 11th. How Wolves took a deserved point

Tottenham started with a bang and took the lead 57 seconds after kick-off. Heung-Min Son won and then delivered a corner, which Conor Coady initially headed away. However, it fell to Ben Davies, who tapped the ball to the waiting Ndombele at the top of the area, who hit a low shot through the effort to beat Patricio.Advertisement

Wolves’ first sight of goal came after a trademark Adama Traore run, cutting in from the right flank and breezing past three Tottenham players. He then squared the ball for Daniel Podence, but his tame effort resulted in an easy save for Lloris. Shortly after, Ndombele sent a cross into the area from the right, but Sergio Reguilon could only direct a header past the post.

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Wolves: Patricio (6), Marcal (7), Coady (6), Saiss (7), Semedo (7), Neves (7), Moutinho (6), Silva (7), Traore (7), Neto (8), Podence (7).

Subs used: Ait-Nouri (6), Otasowie (n/a), Vitinha (n/a).

Tottenham: Lloris (7), Doherty (7), Sanchez (7), Dier (7), Davies (6), Reguilon (7), Hojbjerg (7), Winks (6), Ndombele (8), Son (6), Kane (6).

Subs used: Bergwijn (6), Sissoko (6), Lamela (n/a).

Man of the match: Pedro Neto.
The Spaniard could have doubled Spurs’ lead in the 21st minute. It was more good play from Ndombele as he broke down the field, leaving Wolves players on the floor in his wake. He then picked out Reguilon to his right, but his effort went straight at Patricio. Wolves should have levelled minutes later with their best chance of the half, but Fabio Silva sent a fizzing effort inches past the post after a superb cross from Nelson Semedo. Also See:

It seemed early drama was the dish of the day as Wolves had a penalty shout almost immediately after the break. Silva went rolling over after a clip from Eric Dier, which referee Paul Tierney initially waved away. VAR checked the decision and agreed, with no penalty awarded. Team news

  • Wolves made three changes. Max Kilman, Rayan Ait-Nouri and Owen Otasowie dropped out for Adama Traore, Fabio Silva and Fernando Marcal.
  • Tottenham made four changes from their loss against Leicester. Serge Aurier, Toby Alderweireld, and Moussa Sissoko were among the substitutes and Giovanni Lo Celso missed out through injury. Matt Doherty came in against his former side, along with Ben Davies, Davinson Sanchez and Harry Winks.

Wolves continued to pepper the Spurs goal with chances as the half wore on. After a driving run from Neto, the ball ricocheted between Dier and Matt Doherty before landing at Silva’s feet. He strode forward, but the ball was smothered at his feet by Lloris – who took a boot to the face for his troubles. Neto went close himself soon after, but his thunderous effort was deflected behind.

The hosts continued to mount the pressure – Neves forcing a low save from Lloris in the pick of the chances – and Wolves finally made the breakthrough in the 85th minute. Neto picked up an assist as he fired in a corner which was flicked into the net by Saiss, who found space well ahead of Davies. Image:Tanguy Ndombele opened the scoring inside a minute at Molineux

Silva made it a hat-trick of missed opportunities with the final chance of the game in what would have been an incredible Wolves comeback. Neves fired an inviting long ball forward, picking out the run of the young forward in between the centre-backs, but his header bounced off the ground and into the waiting arms of Lloris. Man of the match – Pedro Neto

Although Raul Jimenez’s absence is being keenly felt up front for Wolves, Neto did a superb job and trying to create for his side.

He nabbed an assist for the equaliser, having made three key passes and 10 total crosses throughout the game. Neto also had his own sights of goal, but like many of his team-mates, could often only find the goalkeeper’s hands.

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He has been directly involved in more goals in 15 Premier League games this season (seven; four goals, three assists) than in 29 last term (six; three goals, three assists).

After the game, Jamie Redknapp told Sky Sports: “That kid is going to be a superstar and he is only 20 years of age. There’s nothing he can’t do.”