82 min Tanguy Ndombele replaces Dele Alli, who has had a really encouraging game. And Wolves bring on the Canadian teenager Theo Corbeanu for Fabio Silva.
81 min “Am I a bad football fan because I don’t know what you’re referring to for Beckham vs Brazil 2002?” says Dan C. “I remember the match – well I thought I did.”
You’re barred sunshine! Er, no, you’re not a bad fan. It was in the build-up to Rivaldo’s equaliser – Beckham thought the ball was going out of play so he hurdled a challenge. Approximately 0.2 seconds later, Brazil were level. Hoever did something similar: he dithered by the touchline, thinking Reguilon was going nowhere, but Reguilon pinched the ball off him and Spurs were away.
78 min Dendoncker’s classy pass releases Traore on the right. He finds Willian Jose in the area, but he has his back to goal so he tees up the onrushing Moutinho. His shot from the edge of the area is deflected wide. That was a really good move from Wolves.
76 min “I think I and most Tottenham fans would not begrudge Kane a move to a big overseas tea,” says Peter McLeod. “He’s got more than enough ability to be a multiple Champions League winner, like Modric and Bale. Would be gutted to see him win the PL with another club, that’s just the way it is. What does bother me (and a lot of others) is how much of the punditocracy thinks the only subject worth discussing when it comes to Tottenham is whether and where Kane goes. There’s an entire football club here!”
It’s a fair point. One thing that has surprised me in the last few months is how little coverage there has been of Son’s dramatic dip in form. I’m no Spurs mastermind, but from afar that looked like one of the biggest reasons it all went wrong for Mourinho.
74 min Tanganga is lucky not to be booked for booting Moutinho, who is in a lot of pain.
73 min Another Wolves change: Ruben Neves is on for Morgan Gibbs-White, who has had a quiet game but showed his creative potential when he set up that great chance for Fabio Silva in the 65th minute.
69 min Son’s corner from the right is headed over at the near post by Tanganga.
67 min Wolves have come alive since going 2-0 down. Fabio Silva, playing on the left now, cuts inside and hits a shot that is deflected behind for a corner.
66 min Traore, the one Wolves attacker beyond reproach today, zips menacingly between Dier and Hojbjerg in the area but then drags a left-footed shot wide of the near post.
65 min: Fabio Silva misses a sitter! Wolves should be back in it. Gibbs-White plays a neat give and go with Traore on the right, surges into the area and picks out Fabio Silva by the penalty spot. He tries to sidefoot it first time into the bottom-left corner but mistimes the shot badly and the ball dribbles well wide.
Alli, on the halfway line, clipped a pass out to Reguilon on the left. His touch was poor but then he slid in to nick the ball off Hoever before cutting it back to Son on the edge of the area. He moved it across to Bale, whose first-time shot was pushed out by Patricio. Hojbjerg was first to the loose ball and scored easily from close range. There were two Wolves mistakes in that goal – Hoever losing the ball on the touchline (think Beckham v Brazil in 2002), and then Patricio pushing the ball out in front of goal rather than to his left.
GOAL! Tottenham 2-0 Wolves (Hojbjerg 61)
The faithful watercarrier has his moment in the sun!
61 min “Foderoy78 is dreaming if he thinks Kane will move abroad,” says Rick Harris. “Looking at the PL clubs that need him and are likely to reward him with winners medals, then Chelsea, United and Liverpool are the names that spring to mind. Manchester City don’t look likely to buy anyone this summer given their already talent bloated squad.”
I’m not sure he’ll leave this summer, except perhaps to PSG. It wouldn’t surprise me if he ended up in Manchester in the summer of 2022.
60 min Wolves haven’t been great today, but we shouldn’t forget that they are without three of their best players in Daniel Podence, Pedro Neto and Raul Jimenez. The season has been a write-off since Jimenez’s awful injury.
57 min “So much talk about how our defence is the problem despite being the third meanest in the league,” says Toby Thatcher. “So little talk about how our offensive strategy is best summarised as ‘receive ball, wait until pressed, panic, pass backwards + hope opposition makes a mistake or we get lucky with a 50/50 & hope Kane is there to capitalise’.”
I know what you mean, though I still think the new manager will fancy his chances with that collection of attacking players. A rejuvenated Alli would make a difference.
56 min Spurs are all over Wolves like a cheap cliche. Conor Coady has already made almost 15 clearances.
55 min Bale’s jaunty backheel finds Kane, who cracks a low shot towards goal from 20 yards. Patricio makes a comfortable save this time.
54 min: Kane and Alli hit the post! Well I never. That should have been a second goal for Spurs. Alli stole the ball off Moutinho in midfield, moved forward and played a classy through pass to Kane. His first time shot was pushed onto the post by Patricio, a quite outstanding save low to his right. The ball rebounded to Alli, who slid a low shot off the other post. That was lovely play in the build up from Alli, who waited an age until the right pass presented itself.
53 min The corner leads to a bit of a scramble in the Wolves area before Patricio takes the ball off Alli’s toes.
52 min Lo Celso flicks a nice pass to his left for Reguilon, who charges into the area and cracks a rising drive that is pushed over by Patricio. It was a comfortable save in the end, and Reguilon should probably have done better.
50 min: Saiss misses a good chance! A Wolves free-kick is only half cleared, with Vitinha picking up possession on the left. He booms a superb first-time cross towards the far post, where Saiss gets between Kane and Alderweireld but heads straight at Lloris from eight yards. He must have mistimed the heade r because it bounced tamely into the arms of Lloris.
48 min “I disagree with Mary Waltz,” says Foderoy78. “Kane can go anywhere… abroad. All goodwill will evaporate if he goes to United.”
Really? That surprises me slightly. I thought it would be anywhere… outside London.
46 min Traore’s cross is cleared by Lo Celso, who slips and takes out Fabio Silva in his follow through. Silva went down in pain but I don’t think anybody appealed for a penalty.
“Where will Kane land?” says Mary Waltz. “I have no idea. But I am sure of this. He has righteously earned the right to go wherever he pleases. He has put up with the chaos that is Spurs for so long, he has played hurt, and he is simply a stunning footballer. He deserves to raise a trophy and I doubt that will happen with Spurs.”
Whatever happened to Gary Cooper? He’s there, Tony, up front for Tottenham Hotspur!
Half time: Spurs 1-0 Wolves
Harry Kane’s goal gives Spurs a deserved lead at half-time. They started slowly but were increasingly dominant as the half progressed, and would have gone ahead earlier but for some fine defending from Conor Coady. Kane, who hit the post from distance early on, finished expertly on the stroke of half-time.
GOAL GIVEN! Hojbjerg threads a stunning long pass between Saiss and Coady to find Kane, who is being played onside by the right-back Hoever. He moved into the area, dummied the sliding Coady and Patricio in one movement and clipped the ball into the empty net. That’s a masterful finish.
GOAL! Spurs 1-0 Wolves (Kane 45)
Harry Kane gives Spurs the lead, VAR permitting.
43 min: Coady clears off the line – twice! Lo Celso’s corner from the right is headed up in the air by Coady at the near post. Kane beats Patricio – who thought he was fouled – to the ball and heads towards goal from a couple of yards. Coady blocks it and then does the same a few seconds later when Lo Celso’s cross threatens to sneak in.