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Tottenham 2-0 Wolves: match notes and instant reaction

Spurs win! Spurs win! Spurs win!

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Another win! Ryan Mason’s blue and white Tottenham Hotspur army bounced back from last weekend’s loss at Leeds, rolling out to a 2-0 win over Wolverhampton Wanderers. Harry Kane scored right at the cusp of halftime, and Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg added a rebound effort in the second half after Kane had another shot saved by Rui Patricio.

It wasn’t a perfect performance by any means, and Wolves had their share of chances. But the win is still a huge boost to Tottenham’s chances of finishing in a European qualification spot.

Match Notes

  • I don’t know what (if anything) Ryan Mason said to his side at the half, but they responded. After a pretty tepid first half, Spurs came out with a wonderfully improved second 45 minutes, absolutely battering Wolves going forward. All of Spurs’ front six had fine to good performances, even if they weren’t always on the same page tactically.
  • I’ll probably rewatch this match again (covering it means I can’t always follow it as closely as I’d like) but I didn’t notice anything too egregiously bad defensively from Spurs, despite a terrifying threat from Adama Traore. Still don’t understand why Rodon doesn’t get a run-out.
  • Dele was again terrific at the 9. Very active, good movement, pressed well. Not quite up to his peak, but it was certainly a cromulent imitation of his peak.
  • Super happy for Hojbjerg. He was in the right place at the right time for the rebound goal, and it feels like a reward for him basically playing every single minute of Tottenham’s Premier League campaign.
  • Japhet Tanganga also had a very nice match at right back. Wolves aren’t a great side, but they have some threat in the wide positions, and Tanganga handled those threats quite well. Also covered for Bale’s defensive deficiencies.
  • Harry Winks. Again. (He was fine, but seriously why)
  • The win puts Spurs (for now) in sixth place, ahead of West Ham on goal differential. Europa League is still on the table!
  • If you care about such things, the magic number to once again forestall St. Totteringham’s Day is two.

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