Ange Postecoglou stated what Tottenham star did in Wolves loss after significant team changes
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Ange Postecoglou stated what Tottenham star did in Wolves loss after significant team changes

Ange Postecoglou stated what Tottenham star did in Wolves loss after significant team changes

A concluding surprise occurred at Molineux as Tottenham’s dreadful week came to an end. Tottenham, led by Ange Postecoglou, appeared poised to recover at the outset of the inquiry, following their 4-1 loss to Chelsea and the subsequent misfortunes involving injuries and suspensions.

With a 1-0 lead in the West Midlands thanks to a third-minute goal from Brennan Johnson, Wolves reversed the tide of action in the 90th minute. Wolves scored through substitute Pablo Sarabia, who deftly controlled the lofted ball from Matheus Cunha and fired a lethal volley that evaded Guglielmo Vicario at his near post. The Wolves’ assault was indeed quite formidable.

Then, in the final seconds of stoppage time, Tottenham were dealt an additional devastating blow when Mario Lemina’s run into the box was picked out by Sarabia after Tommy Doyle delivered a quick free-kick. The midfielder promptly finished in the bottom corner with a first-time effort. A cruel loss to Gary O’Neil’s squad was the consequence of six minutes of play, which determined whether Tottenham secured a crucial victory at Molineux or not.

Due to the omissions of Destiny Udogie and James Maddison, which had a clear impact on the team’s progress forward, Tottenham appeared to have accomplished enough after a solid defensive performance at Molineux. 

They simply failed to gain momentum in the final third. Despite having seventeen opportunities on goal throughout the match, Vicario was only required to make two saves.

This was due in part to the defensive prowess of Eric Dier and Ben Davies, who filled in at center-back in the absences of Cristian Romero and Micky van de Ven. 

It was Dier’s first start of the season following a benching since August, and Davies’ second start of the year, having previously started in the victory over Crystal Palace last month.

Indeed, the Welshman emerged victorious as the Player of the Match following an exceptionally masterful display at centre back. 

The seasoned player, who was accustomed to playing on the left flank of a back three but had little experience operating as one of two central defenders, repeatedly confounded the Wolves with his outstanding defending.

Davies was immediately involved as he prevented Rayan Ait-Nouri from challenging Vicario with a superb block. 

He continued to contribute with a number of timely interventions, including one in the 80th minute from Lemina’s cross with the box packed, as Tottenham denied Wolves. 

The rationale behind the 30-year-old’s selection as the TNT Sports Player of the Match is perhaps not unexpected when one examines his game statistics (via FotMob).

Davies contributed five blocks, five recoveries, three clearances, and two interceptions to his total. Additionally, he secured victories in two of his three challenges and five of his six duels. 63 of his 67 passes were accurate, giving him a pass completion rate of 94%; four of his five deep balls were successful.

While Davies may have faced unwarranted criticism from certain supporters for his performance, Postecoglou undoubtedly acknowledged the valuable contributions he had made to the team. 

When queried about Davies and Dier, who entered the XI with limited experience this season, the head coach lauded both players during the press conference that followed the match.

“Both of them and Emerson, and even for guys like Brennan and Pierre, who haven’t started many games because we’ve had a fairly settled line-up, particularly those two guys coming in, I thought their commitment, their endeavour to play our way was there the whole game,” stated Postecoglou.

“They persevered until the very end; it was evident that they were feeling the pinch, but they did not allow their performance to decline.” Wolves didn’t have many significant opportunities for the most part; I believe Vic had to make one or two saves. 

However, in the final minutes, I believe the first goal was a tremendous one, and we probably ran out of gas in the closing minutes. “With the support of the crowd, wolves were able to lift.”

Due to the hamstring injury he suffered against Chelsea, Van de Ven is expected to be sidelined until early next year. Davies has undoubtedly convinced Postecoglou of his worthiness for the left-sided central defender position. 

In the interim, it appears that the Wales international and Dier will continue to play central defensive positions, as Romero’s suspension prevents him from attending the forthcoming matches against Aston Villa and Manchester City.

Davies, who was outstanding upon his return to the Tottenham squad following his injury-related absence on Monday against Chelsea, did not merit to be on the losing side at Molineux, given his remarkably remarkable performance.

Ange Postecoglou stated what Tottenham star did in Wolves loss after significant team changes