Football, Premier League

Tottenham vs Wolves: Gomes double helps Wolves secure another victory over Spurs

Wolves defeated Tottenham in the Premier League for the first time in three games thanks to a brace from Joao Gomes. Spurs lost and dropped out of the top four.

Following a brutal 2-0 home loss to Brentford last Saturday, in which Matheus Cunha suffered a significant hamstring injury, it was the ideal response from Wolves.

Tottenham, meanwhile, saw the loss as a severe blow to their hopes of making it into the Champions League, and they believed that both goals could have been avoided. Gomes’s first goal came from an unmarked header following a corner by Pablo Sarabia in the 42nd minute.

The second came after Pedro Neto’s excellent counterattack, which Gomes skillfully finished off at the 63-minute mark. Tottenham found it difficult to contain Neto throughout the entire match.

When asked if there was anything psychological, Ange Postecoglou might try to boost performances, he replied: “There are no tricks, it’s hard work. I’m not a magician, I’m a football manager. The boys have done that all year, we’ve got here on hard work so that’s what we’ll keep doing.”

“We’re disappointed with the outcome. Performance is probably a similar feeling. The first half, we controlled the game without being threatening and allowed Wolves to get comfortable.

“Second half, we got the goal early and we had them under pressure for the majority and had them pinned back. We had some chances but when you concede a second, you make the game difficult.

“We’ve had injuries all year and we’ve performed better than we did today. It’s still on us to put in the level of performance irrespective of who is missing.

“We can’t win games of football unless we’re absolutely at our best and in the first 45, we weren’t.

“We’re disappointed but there’s still a good chunk of the season to go. We’ve got two weeks until the next game and we’ve got to make sure we’re ready.”

While Wolves manager Gary O’Neil said:

“The lads were excellent. Thoroughly deserved. We spent time in a low block and defended the goal with numbers but that’s respect to the quality and the play Tottenham are able to produce.

“We should’ve probably put the game to bed with some of the chances we created on the counter-attack.

“Disappointed with the goal they scored but it’s a really good performance, fantastic to bounce back from a disappointing result last weekend and (we now have) 35 points and we keep pushing upwards.

“Really pleased that the lads were able to show what a good group they are again. Coming away in front of the fans and giving them another memorable day is a really special feeling.”

Tottenham play Crystal Palace next on March 2 while Wolves play Sheffield United on Sunday.

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