Wolves 1-0 Tottenham: Traore seals win damages visitors’ Champions League qualification bid – NewsEverything England

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Wolves 1-0 Tottenham: Traore seals win damages visitors’ Champions League qualification bid – NewsEverything England
Wolves 1-0 Tottenham: Traore seals win damages visitors’ Champions League qualification bid – NewsEverything England

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Wolves are now six points clear of the relegation zone

Wasteful Tottenham ended a miserable week with a narrow defeat by Wolves after a late goal from Adama Traore stunned the Champions League contenders.

Spurs had the better of the chances and twice hit the woodwork, but the crossbar came to Wolves’ aid as Traore’s effort flew in past Fraser Forster.

Wolves, who are now 13th, had been on the back foot for most of the game but made their late momentum count.

Spurs’ inconsistent form continued as they dropped important points in the race for a top four spot.

The first half was fraught with stoppages and neither side built any real momentum, despite some early pressure from Spurs.

There were eight minutes of added time after a long break in play, as Wolves striker Diego Costa was carried off on a stretcher with a knee injury, suffered in an awkward fall following a jump.

Tottenham’s Pedro Porro came the closest to an opener when he struck the woodwork with a powerful free-kick shortly before the break.

And just after the restart, Son Heung-min, who had been the first half’s most promising player, hit the crossbar from close range.

Wolves, pinned in their own half for much of the opening 45 minutes, were improved after the interval, and Nelson Semedo was inches from connecting with a Raul Jimenez ball across goal.

Jimenez was then denied a first Premier League goal of the season when his header from close range was batted away by Forster.

The momentum continued to swing in Wolves’ favour with a string of trademark long-distance Ruben Neves efforts testing the Tottenham goalkeeper.

And Traore sealed all three points for the hosts when he sent the ball rocketing in off the underside of the bar.

Tottenham’s disappointing week continues

Tottenham had been looking to send a message of immediate improvement after being knocked out of the FA Cup by Championship promotion chasers Sheffield United on Wednesday.

They took the game to the hosts early on and Dejan Kulusevski’s curling effort forced Jose Sa into a good save but despite playing with a high intensity, only six of their 21 shots hit the target.

In what was assistant head coach Cristian Stellini’s final game in charge before Antonio Conte’s return from gall bladder surgery, there were familiar inconsistencies.

Tottenham are four points ahead of fifth-place Newcastle United, who were beaten by Manchester City on Saturday but have two games in hand.

Relegation worries eased

Wolves were in the relegation zone when Julen Lopetegui took over as manager in November but this victory, their first over a team in the top four this season, has pushed them into mid-table and six points clear of the drop zone.

They failed to produce any shots in the first half, but were much improved after the break.

Captain Neves was inspirational, linking play in the final third and testing Forster, while Matheus Cunha hit the side-netting when through on goal.

Lopetegui’s second-half introduction of Traore and Joao Moutinho added another dimension to their front line. Traore’s pace was particularly troublesome for the tiring Spurs defence as Wolves attacked down the wings.

But Wolves were rewarded for their endeavour with Traore’s strike moving them up the table.

Conte return will be a ‘massive boost’ – what the managers say

Tottenham assistant head coach Cristian Stellini: “Antonio [Conte’s return] will be a massive boost for us from tomorrow until the end of the season.

“It is important that Antonio is back. We want to have him back with a different result but the team show to Antonio it is alive.

“They want to win, they want to control the game, they want to dominate the game and this is important I think.”

Wolves manager Julen Lopetegui: “We are happy for the three points, but to be honest the match has two very clear halves

“In the first half they [Tottenham] play with fantastic rhythm and they deserve more.

“In the second half we improve a lot and we show our face in the end.

“I am happy, but I have to recognise that Tottenham has had chances.”

Player of the match

TraoréAdama Traoré

Wolverhampton Wanderers

  1. Squad number37Player nameTraoré

  2. Squad number28Player nameJoão Moutinho

  3. Squad number12Player nameMatheus Cunha

  4. Squad number9Player nameJiménez

  5. Squad number8Player nameRúben Neves

  6. Squad number4Player nameCollins

  7. Squad number23Player nameKilman

  8. Squad number15Player nameDawson

  9. Squad number5Player nameLemina

  10. Squad number1Player nameJosé Sá

  11. Squad number19Player nameJonny

  12. Squad number22Player nameNélson Semedo

  13. Squad number7Player namePedro Neto

  14. Squad number21Player nameSarabia

  15. Squad number27Player nameMatheus Nunes

  16. Squad number29Player nameDiego Costa



Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1
  • 22Nélson Semedo
  • 15Dawson
  • 23Kilman
  • 19Castro Otto
  • 8NevesBooked at 45mins
  • 5LeminaSubstituted forTraoréat 45′minutes
  • 21SarabiaSubstituted forMatheus Cunhaat 67′minutes
  • 27NunesSubstituted forJoão Moutinhoat 67′minutes
  • 7NetoSubstituted forCollinsat 45′minutes
  • 29Diego CostaSubstituted forJiménezat 28′minutes


  • 3Aït-Nouri
  • 4Collins
  • 9Jiménez
  • 12Matheus Cunha
  • 24Gomes
  • 25Bentley
  • 28João Moutinho
  • 35João Gomes
  • 37Traoré


Formation 3-4-2-1

  • 20Forster
  • 17Romero
  • 34Lenglet
  • 33DaviesSubstituted forRicharlisonat 85′minutes
  • 23PorroSubstituted forEmerson Royalat 81′minutes
  • 4Skipp
  • 5Højbjerg
  • 14Perisic
  • 21KulusevskiBooked at 61minsSubstituted forLucas Mouraat 77′minutes
  • 7Son Heung-min
  • 10Kane


  • 6D Sánchez
  • 9Richarlison
  • 12Emerson Royal
  • 15Dier
  • 16Danjuma
  • 25Tanganga
  • 27Lucas Moura
  • 29Sarr
  • 40Austin

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