Tottenham Hotspur’s Belgian defender Jan Vertonghen (C) celebrates with teammates after scoring their late winner throughout the English Premier League soccer match in opposition to Wolverhampton Wanderers on the Molineux stadium in Wolverhampton, central England on December 15, 2019. Paul ELLIS / AFP
Jan Vertonghen’s stoppage-time header continued Tottenham’s turnaround below Jose Mourinho as Spurs moved as much as fifth with a 2-1 win at Wolves.
Mourinho’s males had been largely outplayed at Molineux however had been ruthless with their possibilities to inflict Wolves’ first league defeat in 12 video games.
Adama Traore’s spectacular strike had cancelled out Lucas Moura’s early opener earlier than Vertonghen stooped to information residence Christan Eriksen’s nook.
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Spurs can now transfer into the highest 4 earlier than Christmas in the event that they beat Chelsea at residence subsequent weekend.
That speaks volumes for the affect Mourinho has made in lower than a month in cost as Tottenham trailed Chelsea and the highest 4 by 12 factors when he was appointed.
Wolves drop to eighth as their longest unbeaten run within the prime flight since 1962 got here to an finish, however there was little extra Nuno Espirito Santo’s males may have accomplished to at the least keep away from defeat.
After an industrious begin by Wolves, it was Spurs who scored after eight minutes.
Son Heung-min’s drive was overwhelmed away by Rui Patricio however the ball was labored to Moura, who glided into the realm earlier than rifling in excessive from an angle for his third purpose in seven video games below Mourinho.
Wolves remained undaunted although and after Paulo Gazzaniga gathered Traore’s low effort they started to create openings.
Diogo Jota was a menace and it was from his work Raul Jimenez almost levelled after 26 minutes however his low effort flashed extensive.
Soon after Jota was denied by the recovering Davinson Sanchez after the defender’s preliminary mistake allowed the ahead by.
Wolves continued to dominate however ought to have been 2-0 down 9 minutes earlier than the break.
Referee Stuart Attwell performed a great benefit after Moura was fouled to permit Eric Dier ahead.
He performed a cute one-two with Dele Alli to depart the midfielder with simply Patricio to beat however his low strike hit the publish.
It would have been harsh on Wolves they usually continued to push after the break.
Jota failed to show in Traore’s cross and Gazzaniga pushed away Jimenez’s shot.
Spurs’ defence had lived dangerously, with Vertonghen, specifically, struggling in opposition to the tempo of Traore.
Wolves lastly bought their reward on 67 minutes.
Traore had given the guests issues all sport and he made them pay, amassing Jimenez’s go and unleashing a rocket which flew previous Gazzaniga from 20 yards.
Tottenham then by no means appeared like restoring their lead earlier than the late drama.
Wolves remained the aggressors and Romain Saiss’ glancing header 4 minutes later pressured Gazzaniga right into a wonderful cease.
But Spurs silenced the hosts within the first minute of harm time when Vertonghen nodded in Eriksen’s nook.