Tottenham Hotspur’s winning run under manager Mauricio Pochettino came crashing to an end today as we hosted newly promoted Wolverhampton Wanderers at Wembley Stadium.
Despite taking the lead through Harry Kane in the 22nd minute of the match, whether we stepped off or Wolves improved that much is open for some debate, but we didn’t build on our advantage and with pressure increasing from them we were eventually found out and they scored three times in the final 20 minutes of the game to take all three points and few could ultimately argue that they weren’t good value for it.
FULL-TIME: A disappointing afternoon at Wembley. pic.twitter.com/fUUxNaXn2U
— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) December 29, 2018
With plenty of reasons for optimism this year, the game does show some of our weaknesses in depth when injuries hit and the lack of substitutions when we clearly needed some kind of fresh impetus probably tells its own story.
There was going to be a hiccup or two before the end of the campaign so just as people were trying to not get too high in recent weeks, nobody should be too low after this loss.
Speaking to the BBC following the game, a frustrated Pochettino explained.
“We did not dominate the ball in the second half. We were wrong in the way we tried to play, too much long ball and our energy dropped in the second half. It was difficult to come back into the game after their equaliser. But that is football. We have had a very good run in the last few weeks and to keep that level is difficult. We tried to play a little more in the second half, but we were too direct and I think we started to pay for the effort in the other games. We are not machines. We need to understand that we cannot get ourselves in this situation. I think we used the ball in the wrong way and allowed them to create chances on the transitions.”