Frustration for Spurs as Wolves leave it late

Wolverhampton Wanderers 1-1 Tottenham Hotspur

Dropped Premier League points – Further ground lost in the title race. It was certainly another frustrating day at the office for Jose Mourinho after Saiss late header earned hosts, Wolves a share of the spoils at Molineux.

The Lillywhites had made the perfect start in the Black Country – Tanguy Ndombele rifling the North Londoners ahead inside the opening minutes after Heung-Min Son and Ben Davies had fashioned the opportunity.

But a decisive second goal never arrived leaving Spurs vulnerable – the outcome, on recent evidence, predictable. The manager, unhappy.

“I think we had the game under control for the whole of the game,” Mourinho explained.

“We didn’t have problems, not in between the lines where they hurt a lot, we controlled the game and we conceded in a set-piece.

“Our problem was that we scored in the first minute and we had eighty0nine minutes to score more goals and we didn’t.”

The result saw Spurs move up to fifth, six points behind leaders Liverpool. Mourinho clearly ruing a missed opportunity to coles the gap: “We have control of the game but we had eighty-nine minutes to score more goals and we didn’t,” he added.

“It was not just about not scoring goals, it was also about not being dangerous and not being ambitious.

“For me, that’s the problem. Of course, we can go back to a corner, we can say that in Liverpool we should win and we lost with a corner.

“We can say here we should win and we drew with a corner. You can say that against Crystal Palace we should win, and drew with a late free-kick.”

Spurs return to Premier League action on Wednesday, December 30 when Fulham are the visitors to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium (6pm).

Wolverhampton Wanderers: Patricio, Semedo, Coady (Capt), Saiss, Marcal (Ait-Nouri 75’), Neves, Moutinho (Otasowie 84’), Neto, Podence (Vitinha 90+1), Traore, Silva Subs not used: Ruddy, Hoever, Perry, Cundle, Kilman, Corbeanu

Tottenham Hotspur: Lloris (Capt), Sanchez, Dier, Davies, Doherty, Winks, Ndombele (Sissoko 70’), Hojbjerg, Reguilon (Bergwijn 63’), Son (Lamela 83’), Kane Subs not used: Hart, Aurier, Alderweireld, Rodon, Tanganga, Dele

Referee: Paul Tierney
Assistants: Dan Cook and Harry Lennard
Fourth Official: Andre Marriner
VAR: David Coote
Assistant VAR: Nick Hopton

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Brian Jeeves

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