Mourinho thrilled to see his Spurs dig deep

Brian Jeeves

Wolverhampton Wanderers 1-2 Tottenham Hotspur – Reaction

JOSE MOURINHO was hugely impressed with his Tottenham Hotspur side after they snatched a dramatic late Premier League victory at Molineux, ending Wolverhampton Wanderers impressive recent run.

Host’s, Wolves, were defending an eleven-match unbeaten sequence. However, Lucas Moura handed Spurs an early advantage, finishing neatly following a dash from deep.

The home side piled on the pressure and midway through the second period, Adama Traore thundered home to level proceedings.

But the North Londoners were to enhance their chase for a top-four finish with a dramatic winning goal in stoppage-time.

Jan Vertonghen met Christian Eriksen’s flag-kick, nodding firmly beyond Rui Patricio to lift Spurs above the Black County outfit into fifth place.

Speaking after the match, Mourinho – both delighted and relieved – explained: “It’s one of these victories where quality is not enough. If you are not a team, a real team in the sense of what the word team means it’s impossible.

“They are very good. I said that before the match and I say the same after the match. They are a very good team and very difficult to play against.

Tactically they are very well worked – three years with Nuno. Very good players and it’s difficult. We tried, and we did start well, to put pressure on them and try to attack them to take them away from their comfort zone.”

The Spurs chief added: “Both teams wanted to win and not play for the draw so the game was open.

“It was broken and we had fantastic service from Christian on the cross and a great header by Jan and three very important points for us.”
Spurs return to Premier League action on Sunday, December 22 when Chelsea are the visitors to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium (4:30pm)

Wolverhampton Wanderers: Patricio, Doherty, Dendoncker, Coady, Saiss, Jonny, Neves, Moutinho, Traore, Jota, Jimenez Subs not used: Ruddy, Bennett, Kilman, Vinagre, Neto, Cutrone, Ashley-Seal

Tottenham Hotspur: Gazzaniga, Aurier, Alderweireld, Sanchez, Vertonghen, Dier, Sissoko, Moura (Eriksen 89’), Alli (Winks 90’), Son (Foyth 90’), Kane Subs not used: Whiteman, Sessegnon, Skipp, Lo Celso

Referee: Stuart Attwell
Assistants: Dan Robathan and Darren Cann
Fourth official: Simon Hooper

Attendance: 31,674


Brian Jeeves