Wolves scented blood when back on level terms with Spurs, reveals Nuno
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The Midlands club ended Tottenham’s run of 39 games without defeat against newly promoted clubs
Nuno Espirito Santo revealed Wolverhampton Wanderers scented blood when they got back on level terms during the 3-1 Premier League victory away to Spurs.
Harry Kane fired Tottenham Hotspur ahead with 22 on the clock from range, but that was as good as it would get for the home side.
Willy Boly equalised for the visitors in the 73rd minute before further goals by Raul Jimenez and Helder Costa handed Wolves a deserved win at the national stadium.
Santo explained: “We had a challenge in front of us. A big challenge because Tottenham were in fantastic momentum.
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“We spoke before about what they had achieved in the previous games, so we knew what we had ahead of us, but when the team got back to a draw, I felt, and everyone felt, we could keep on going.
“The spaces were there and when you have the ball you can change the outcome of the game, so it is important to be brave in these situations.”
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Spurs were looking to make another statement in the title race, but ran out of steam.
Kane fired them ahead from 25-yards with a superb curling left-footed effort, but the hosts then lost focus.
With the Wolves supporters getting louder, they finally got some reward when Boly saw a header beat home goalkeeper Hugo Lloris after Ivan Cavaleiro’s corner.
It quickly went from 1-0 to Spurs to 2-1 to the visitors in the space of 10 minutes as Jimenez curled home from outside the area after more good work by Cavaleiro.
Substitute Costa then added the cherry on top with a fine finish when he raced through following a counter-attack in the 87th minute.
Wolves thoroughly deserved the points and Nuno Espirito Santo hailed the way his side perfected their game-plan.
He added: “I’m very proud. Character is something that is part of our identity. What we had was two different halves.
In the first half we were organised when Tottenham were in possession of the ball and in control of the game.
They achieved a goal and they had chances, so we had to stay in the game because in the second half we then had to go for the game.
“We had to play and the second half was a very good performance, it was a very, very good performance by the boys. We played very well.”