Tottenham Hotspur rue missed chances in 1-0 defeat at Wolves

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Tottenham Hotspur needed to respond after the dreadful performance against Sheffield United that saw them exit the FA Cup. Unfortunately, that was not the case at the Molineaux against Wolverhampton Wanderers. Spurs could not find the back of the net in a frustrating match and a damaging loss.

A much improved first half, followed by a lackluster second half for Tottenham

For most of this Premier League season for Spurs, they have started matches slowly and come to life in the second half of matches. Ironically, this match was almost the exact opposite. In the first half, Tottenham was playing with desire and intent. The Lilywhites played on the front foot and took the game to Wolves.

New right wing-back Pedro Porro nearly scored his first goal for the club as a free kick smacked the woodwork. Heung-min Son made a nice run inside the Wolves’ eighteen-yard box but saw his shot sail over the goal. At one point, it seemed like Tottenham should’ve been 1-0 or 2-0 up. The first half showed that Tottenham Hotspur was determined to walk away from the match with three points.

Spurs started the second with attacking intent as well. Heung-min Son saw a left-footed strike take a slight deflection off of Wolves defender Craig Dawson and bounce off of the crossbar. But after the first ten to fifteen minutes of the second half, it was all Wolves. Wolves manager Julen Lopetegui made several changes (Wolves ended up using all five substitutes in the match), ultimately leading to them being victorious.

For the remainder of the match, the Wolves put pressure on Tottenham Hotspur. Goalkeeper Fraser Forster was called to action and made a few good saves to keep Spurs in the match. Wolves eventually scored after Forster made a save, but the rebound found Adama Traore, who placed the ball into the top corner. Out of all players, it just had to be Traore.