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Match Thread: Wolves v Tottenham Hotspur 15.12.19


By Ivybridge Wolf
December 15 2019

Wolves welcome back Tottenham Hotspur to Molineux today in a 2pm kick off. The corresponding fixture last year, shown on Sky (unlike today), was a strange affair and not necessarily in a good way. After Spurs stormed into a 3-0 lead, Wolves scored two second half penalties from different players (Neves and Jimenez) to make the last 10 minutes unexpectedly exciting! To no avail as we lost 2-3. A bit of revenge for Wolves today then? Perhaps, however getting onto the front foot early will be vital to thwart a Spurs side who have picked up 6 points from 3 league matches with Mourinho at the helm. Spurs played extremely well last week v Burnley, though found it tougher v Manchester United and Bayern Munich. Whilst Spurs will definitely be looking for all 3 points, this is one Wolves can win too.

Wolves come off the back of a very competent 4-0 win versus Besiktas last Thursday, when a number of players were 'rested' (albeit with a familiar core), the clear highlight being an irresistable 11-minute second half hat-trick from Diogo Jota. Added to that, we have now gone 11 matches unbeaten in the premier league, amassing 21 points - our best topflight run since Aug - Sept 1962. Whilst not tempting fate or being smug, it is a record to be proud of, nevertheless we all know Spurs will be tough today, as will Nuno and the lads, and record runs alone count for nothing at kick off. By the way, our last defeat? 14th Sept 2019 Wolves 2-5 Chelsea.

My chosen Match Thread photo is from Spurs versus Wolves at Wembley last season - a reminder that anything is possible with this Wolves side ... if indeed we needed reminding?! I was so lucky to be there (not today alas) to witness one of our league season highlights from 2018/19. After a first half Kane thunderbolt, we turned it around by producing one of the best 45s of away football seen in recent years by a Wolves side and was simply superb. Three goals from Boly, Jimenez and Costa gave us a fully deserved 3-1 victory ..... if Wolves get anywhere near that level today, we're in for a cracking match!

Enjoy the game, we ecourage comments and contributions in this thread as the match progresses, twists and turns.

UP THE WOLVES!

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Match Thread: Wolves v Tottenham Hotspur 15.12.19
Discussion started by Wolves , 15/12/2019 09:27
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15/12/2019 09:27
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Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 2019:12:27:11:15:54 by Cheshire wolf.

Ivybridge Wolf
15/12/2019 13:28
The teams are as follows:

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Lupinehowler
15/12/2019 13:35
Have a feeling that this game won’t be short on goals so hoping that we are able to outgun the opposition. Could well be Adamas day, should have the beating of the pedestrian Spurs defenders.
Just hoping that we get off to a steady start and don’t give ourselves a mountain to climb as we so often do.

Cheshire wolf
15/12/2019 14:01
Afternoon All
Hoping for a really positive and productive performance from our lads this afternoon. It's going to be difficult but I think we can get three points today. Here we go!!

Ivybridge Wolf
15/12/2019 14:01
Here we go!



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Cheshire wolf
15/12/2019 14:06
First corner to Wolves comes to nothing but Wolves are attacking

Cheshire wolf
15/12/2019 14:09
Our referee today is Stuart Atwell, who we have had a couple of brushes with in the past, but he was good in our last game under him.

Lucas Moura gets past Saiss and smashes the ball past Rui
Wolves 0 Spurs 1

Ivybridge Wolf
15/12/2019 14:10
Disaster, especially as we’d started so well. Excellent goal



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Cheshire wolf
15/12/2019 14:12
Wolves respond positively & Spurs put two men on Adama

Cheshire wolf
15/12/2019 14:16
Adama gets our first shot on target, but it's with his weaker foot and easily collected. Rui having a busy afternoon so far, and did well to stop Ali in full flow

Cheshire wolf
15/12/2019 14:21
Adama earns another corner. Jimenez gets his head on a Joao cross but just wide

Cheshire wolf
15/12/2019 14:26
Dele Ali cheats for the second time getting another foul against Neves when he didn't touch him? At this rate he will get Neves booked for nothing

Cheshire wolf
15/12/2019 14:29
Brilliant play between Jonny & Jota before Raul's shot goes just wide. Jota breaks again and shoots when he should have passed then Joao's shot goes for a corner

Ivybridge Wolf
15/12/2019 14:31
We are playing very well, a combination of incorrect decision making and poor finishing. ...... i.e. the final 3rd ...... the difference. Enjoyable but so frustrating.

COYW



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Cheshire wolf
15/12/2019 14:35
Wolves are pressing Spurs constantly and the pace is frantic. Joao takes another corner but it's too heavy. Raul's shot is blocked. Kane appeals for a penalty after falling over Saiss

Ivybridge Wolf
15/12/2019 14:38
Wow. Great move and Dier misses a sitter.phew



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Cheshire wolf
15/12/2019 14:43
Kane hits the post after good work from Ali. Then Adama puts a good cross over which Jonny can't reach but goes for a corner. Wolves fans appeal for handball against Ali but VAR don't agree

Cheshire wolf
15/12/2019 14:52
We have played really well as part of an excellent game so far, and don't really deserve to be trailing, but it was a very well taken goal by Lucas Moura and Rui stood no chance. It's almost as though Spurs are paying us at our own game, letting us have possession and planning to score on the counter attack, knowing they have the firepower to do so. We were let off when Kane hit the post after a fine lobbed pass from that cheating tw4t Ali!!

Ivybridge Wolf
15/12/2019 14:53
A fantastic high octane first half, mainly from Wolves. A brilliant goal from Lucas Mora the difference. And that is the difference, decisive play in the final 3rd and clinical finishing. Still plenty of positives for Wolves



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Cheshire wolf
15/12/2019 15:05
Gazzaniga gets down to an excellent cross from Doc to deny Jota a chance. Straightaway Spurs are in our area threatening

Cheshire wolf
15/12/2019 15:09
VAR check possible handball against Sanchez but nothing doing. Two more corners to Wolves. I think it's going to take a Neves special or similar for us to breach this well organised Spurs defence

Cheshire wolf
15/12/2019 15:18
Over 31,00 at the game today. My stream is becoming unreliable at the moment! Yellow card for Joao for a foul on Son

Cheshire wolf
15/12/2019 15:22
Sanchez booked for a foul on Jota

Cheshire wolf
15/12/2019 15:24
Sanchez booked for a foul on Jota then Adama smashes a goal into top left corner
Wolves 1 Spurs 1

Cheshire wolf
15/12/2019 15:27
I said it would take a Neves special or similar and that's exactly what we got!! Nothing less than we deserve.
Jonny was booked for a foul on Moura, now Aldewerald is booked for a foul on Adama. Wolves fans are in great voice

Cheshire wolf
15/12/2019 15:30
Son called offside by Darren Can on the line, but both teams keep playing in case VAR shows he's wrong!!

Cheshire wolf
15/12/2019 15:34
Now it's Siass's turn for a yellow card for fouling Moura, which VAR check in case it should have been red!! Spurs made a dangerous break which Wolves defended very well. Ali dives again!!!

Cheshire wolf
15/12/2019 15:36
Once again a defender (Dier) gets a yellow for hacking down Adama as he breaks forward

Cheshire wolf
15/12/2019 15:38
Raul has a great chance to set up Adama but leathers the ball way too hard!

Cheshire wolf
15/12/2019 15:42
Now Kane stops Adama with a foul and gets a yellow card. Free kick to the right of their area. Fabulous one handed save by Gazzaniga to keep out a header from Saiss, then Jota smashes it over the bar

Cheshire wolf
15/12/2019 15:47
Great interception from Leander to stop a long ball reaching Ali. Adama clashes with Dier and is still down in their area. Leander pushes Kane over and gets a yellow card. Moura replaced by Christian Erikson who will take their free kick just outside our area

Cheshire wolf
15/12/2019 15:50
Vertongen scores from a Spurs corner as we go into 4 added minutes.
Wolves 1 Spurs 2

Cheshire wolf
15/12/2019 15:52
Wolves press and earn another corner. Fabulous strike from Jota just wide

Cheshire wolf
15/12/2019 15:56
All over and Spurs have snatched the three points with a late header from one of their few corners. We did nearly all the attacking and deserved at least the point that Traore's superb goal was earning us. a superb match to watch and a shame to see our unbeaten run brought to a close in the rain.

Wolves 1 Spurs 2

essington wolf
15/12/2019 16:16
Daylight robbery! Played really well and outplayed spurs nearly all game. Shame we switched off for their winner we didn't deserve to get nothing from the game. Gutted but happy with our performance but if you switch off for a split second against a quality team you are going to get punished. Ref atwell had his usuall poor game again! Unlucky today wolves, we will play a lot worse than that and win.

Lupinehowler
15/12/2019 16:50
Great match to watch and we looked really comfortable on the ball, almost telepathic with some of our passing. Moutinho really showed his class today, so lucky to have him. Outplayed Spurs and should have taken at least a point but it’s a cruel game, like Angry says, fine margins. But we have a team we can be proud of and they seem to be getting better with each passing game.

Ivybridge Wolf
15/12/2019 17:36
It was a great match where we did everything right except hitting the back of the net as much as we should have and momentarily switching off for their second. I’d even go so far as saying it was enjoyable but maybe that is a step too far given the final score. I am absolutely gutted. I followed proceedings with one of my Spurs supporting friends - who got me a ticket at Wembley last year - and he was overjoyed with a bit of revenge, though bemused as to how they actually won it? I regretfully credit them with some very solid and stoic defending.

Fine margins true enough, lack of finishing a factor too, but some of the stuff we played was excellent and a pleasure to watch. Not just counter attacking but also meaningful build ups with some very decent football. How we even went in down at HT , I will never know. I was impressed in how we started the second half too. High energy and if ever any team deserved an equaliser, well it was us. The Traore strike was sweet, though he was subject to a fair bit of second half treatment ..... again. I agree about Moutinho Lupinehowler. Everything he did on and off the ball was excellent.

Arrrgg! I am so f**king frustrated.

Norwich next.

UTW!



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