Spurs 2 Wolves 3: Descending the Slippery Slope
There was something of a mood-shift on social media in the wake of Sunday’s defeat at home to Wolves. Briefly there was anger, but as the game petered out we saw a distinct switch to defeated resignation.
It had started positively enough and, against strong opponents, Spurs held the lead at half time but two goals in the second period saw the points head back to Molineux.
The possibility of the fifth placed team entering the Champions League next season seems to have spurred on a few teams but sadly, Tottenham isn’t one of them. WIth Harry Kane and Son Heung-Min nursing long-term injuries, our goal threat was always going to be diminished. Ironically, scoring wasn’t the issue on Sunday with Steven Bergwijn and Serge Aurier finding the net but three conceded at the back condemned the club to a second straight defeat in the league.
It had started badly with Hugo Lloris ruled out with a groin issue before kick off and we quickly recalled how seriously he’d been missed at the end of 2019. Bergwijn’s goal did, however, give us hope, not only in terms of the match result but also in regards to our lack of cutting edge up front.
After scoring on his debut against Manchester City, the Dutch international doubled his tally and he’ll need to maintain that kind of ratio for the remainder of the campaign. As far as positives go, that’s about the best that we can do. We’d identified Raul Jimenez as the dangerman in our match preview but can take no consolation in the fact that the Mexican striker popped up to claim the winner in the 73rd minute.
Speaking to the club’s official website after the game, manager Jose Mourinho said:
I think it was a very good game with two teams not happy with a draw, two teams trying to win, two teams with a different style.
They are what we all know they are, incredibly fast and strong in the counter attack. We are a different team and without the strikers, we try different solutions. It worked in the sense that we managed to score goals, we managed to have some opportunities, to arrive in dangerous positions.
I think the result is totally unfair to us but that’s what it is.
The defeat leaves Spurs in seventh place in the Premier League table and the gap between ourselves and fourth place now stands at five points. With ten games still to play, it isn’t an unbreachable gap by any means but Europa League football now looks a more realistic target.
It’s not an ideal outcome and Europe’s second tier club competition might be best avoided but it is a trophy that Mourinho won with Manchester United and appears to be relatively easy for English clubs to make it through to the final.
Before all that, we host Norwich City in the FA Cup and a competition that still provides a chance of silverware this season. A positive result against a side with more important issues to contend with might just hint at a brighter run in to 2019/20.