Tottenham 1-2 Wolves: João Gomes double sees Spurs slip out of top four

After setting up a dramatic winner for Brennan Johnson in stoppage time against Brighton last weekend, Ange Postecoglou recalled Son Heung-min to Tottenham’s starting lineup for the first time since the South Korean returned from the AFC Asia Cup.

TOT: Vicario; Davies, van de Ven, Romero, Emerson; Bissouma, Sarr; Son, Maddison, Kulusevski; Richarlison

WOL: Sá; Toti, Dawson, Kilman; Aït-Nouri, Gomes, Lemina, Semedo; Neto, Sarabia; Hwang

An off-colour Tottenham side were lucky not to fall behind after just five minutes in N17, as Hwang Hee-chan squandered a golden opportunity to net his 11th Premier League goal of the season. After Guglielmo Vicario parried away an initial effort from Nelson Semedo, the South Korean could only watch in despair as his effort from six yards out blazed over an open goal.

João Gomes’ goal three minutes before the break handed the visitors a well-deserved lead, with Spurs having failed to force Jose Sá into a solitary save throughout the first half. The Wolves midfielder arrived on the scene, heading home after being unmarked from a Pablo Sarabia corner.

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It would take Dejan Kulusevski less than a minute of the second half to restore parity though, as the visitors failed to clear a throw-in – allowing the Scandinavian to dart past Craig Dawson and slip a cheeky effort through the legs of Sá.

The forward squandered a plethora of opportunities throughout the half, and it would prove costly for Ange Postecoglou’s side as João Gomes netted his second goal of the game shortly after the hour mark. A Pedro Neto cutback was slotted home by the midfielder, handing Wolves the lead once again in North London.

Saturday’s hosts continued their desperate search for a late equaliser through Micky van de Ven and Ben Davies – but as the final whistle echoed around the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, it was Wolves that emerged with an all-important three points.

Wolves now sit just inside the bottom half of the table, but could go within touching distance of the European places with a win. As for Tottenham, Ange Postecoglou’s men drop out of the top four – but they’ll be confident of a quick return when they host Crystal Palace in a fortnight’s time.