Tottenham player ratings vs Wolves: Tanguy Ndombele the standout as Ben Davies cracks under pressure

Dan Kilpatrick
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Tottenham extended their winless run to four Premier League games after being held to a 1-1 draw at Wolves.

In a performance that mirrored their frustrating stalemate at Crystal Palace, Spurs took an early lead through Tanguy Ndombele’s goal after 57 seconds and spent the rest of the game trying to defend their lead.

But as the pressure mounted, they conceded another late goal – and another from a set-piece – as Romain Saiss nodded home from a corner in the 86th minute.

Here is how Dan Kilpatrick rated the Tottenham players…

Hugo Lloris 7

Powerless to stop the Wolves equaliser but solid when called upon, including two comfortable saves from Daniel Podence and one from Ruben Neves.

Davinson Sanchez 6

Didn’t look comfortable on the right of a back three on his first League start since October and too often wasteful when playing out from the back.

Eric Dier 6

As much as anyone, seems to enjoy playing this backs-to-wall style and looked the most comfortable of the three centre-backs to start the game.

Ben Davies 4

Finished with an assist with a short pass for Ndombele but at fault for Wolves’ goal, as Saiss got in front of him. Endured a difficult evening defensively as Wolves targeted their attacks down Spurs’ left.

Matt Doherty 6

With Son often ahead of him, Doherty was unable to get forward as he would have liked against his former club but was nonetheless solid defensively and made one excellent clearing header.

Harry Winks 5

Unadventurous and often wasteful in possession, this was not a dazzling return for Winks on his first start League start since September. A clever tactical foul at the end of the first half will have pleased Mourinho.

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Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg 6

Kept the ball moving and protected the centre-backs when Spurs were in the lead and tried to inject some attacking impetus in the final five minutes. Always does his job with a minimum of fuss.

Sergio Reguilon 6

Headed wide from Ndombele’s cross and squandered a good position from the Frenchman’s pass in the first half. Offered plenty of energy from wing-back but often caught up the pitch, leaving Davies outnumbered.

Tanguy Ndombele 8

Comfortably the man of the match, despite only lasting 70 minutes. After scoring, he could easily have finished the first half with more than one assist and pressed well after the interval as Spurs sat back.

Heung-min Son 5

Got in behind Wolves in the first minute to help create the goal but thereafter he was largely marginalised on the right wing. Going through a poor spell but Spurs aren’t playing to his strengths.

Harry Kane 7

Barely had a sniff at the Wolves goal but still impressed by dropping deep to hold up the ball and link play. Seemed at times to be conserving energy.

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Substitutes

Steven Bergwijn (Reguilon 63’) 6

Presumably introduced to give Spurs more threat on the counter but his main contributions were defensive as the visitors tried to cling on.

Moussa Sissoko (Ndombele 70’) 6

See above. Brought on to save Ndombele legs. Once got in a great position on the right but his cross was terrible.

Erik Lamela (Son 83’) 6

Played out the final 10 minutes as he continues his return from injury and offered little.

Subs not used: Hart, Alderweireld, Tanganga, Rodon, Aurier, Sissoko, Dele, Lamela.

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