Ahead of the midweek fixtures in the Premier League, Jose Mourinho’s Tottenham Hotspurs were held by Wolverhampton at home on Sunday. Spurs have now gone winless in four games as they continue to stay out of the top four in the league table. In another game, Liverpool drew against West Brom at Anfield as they failed to extend their points at the top.
Wolves vs Tottenham
Mourinho’s men squandered their chance to pick up three points away from home, as they paid a heavy price for their defensiveness. Spurs have picked up 2 points from their last 4 games as they sit at fifth with 26 points from 15 games this season. Midfielder Tanguy Ndombele gave the visitors a 0-1 lead after just 57 seconds into the game. The French national, received the ball well outside the box to rocket in a low shot past Wolves goalkeeper Rui Patricio. Wolves’ relentless attacking paid off as defender Romain Saiss met a corner ahead of Harry Kane in the 86th minute to head the ball in for 1-1. Portuguese teenager Fabio Silva for goals came close to score on multiple occasions, and even the winner had he met the ball in front of Lloris.
“I am frustrated with the result. We had control of the game. But we had 89 minutes to score goals, and we didn’t,” was Mourinho’s comment after the game. Wolves manager Nuno Espirito Santo quipped, “I’m proud, really proud because it’s very hard how we started the game.”
Liverpool vs West Brom
Sam Allardyce trumped Liverpool’s manager Jurgen Klopp on Sunday after the former’s side picked up a point at Anfield. Liverpool could have extended their lead at the top of the table by five points, but a late equaliser from West Brom’s Semi Ajayi foiled their 100%-win streak at home. Sadio Mane chested down a Joel Matip ball to shoot past West Brom goalkeeper Sam Johnstone in the 12th minute. The home side dominated possession throughout the first half.
The visitors continued to frustrate Liverpool despite relentless attacks from Trent Alexander Arnold and Andy Robertson. West Brom grabbed their equaliser after 82 minutes when Ajayi headed in from Matheus Pereira’s cross. Brazilian Roberto Firmino had the best chance to drive in the winner in the 90th minute, however, Johnstone somehow clawed out his header and turned it around the post.
Klopp told Sky Sports after the game, “To be fair West Brom did their job inside 90 minutes. West Brom deserved the point tonight because we didn’t finish the game. It is difficult to create. In the end, everyone knows and feels we should have and could have done better tonight.”
“It was superb today and we came out with a precious point for us,” Allardyce told the BBC.