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Wolves take a chunk out of Tottenham's title hopes with 3-1 win at Wembley

Mitrovic strike seals all three points for Fulham against Huddersfield while Cardiff record first away win of the season at Leicester

Wolverhampton Wanderers' Helder Costa, left, celebrates scoring to seal a 3-1 win over Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley. Reuters
Wolverhampton Wanderers' Helder Costa, left, celebrates scoring to seal a 3-1 win over Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley. Reuters

Wolves took a massive bite out of Tottenham Hotspur's title hopes with a 3-1 victory at Wembley to prove that they are more than a match for any team in the Premier League.

Having already taken points off Arsenal, both Manchester clubs and recorded a 2-1 win over Chelsea earlier this month, it was Spurs' turn to get a bloody nose off last season's Championship winners, one that could be fatal to Mauricio Pochettino's side in the title race.

Spurs came into the match six points behind leaders Liverpool having scored 11 goals in their previous two fixtures - a 6-1 win at Everton followed by a 5-0 thrashing of Bournemouth.

But Spurs went from prolific to profligate at Wembley on Saturday as they failed to cash in on their first-half dominance.

Son Heung-min and Christian Eriksen threatened with long-range efforts before Harry Kane stepped up to show them how it's done. Kane's superlative left-foot pile driver on 22 minutes was no more than the hosts deserved, the striker's 157th goal for the club coming on the same day he was made a Member of the British Empire (MBE) in the New Year Honours list.

It proved a game of two halves though as Willy Boly, Raul Jimenez and Helder Costa all scored in the second period to cap a thrilling comeback for Nuno Espirito's side.


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"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," Pochettino said.

"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."

Wolves had struggled to make any inroads in behind the Spurs defence in the opening exchanges and that theme continued for the first 20 minutes of the second period.

However, the introduction of Joao Moutinho for Leander Dendoncker from the bench completely changed the flow of the game.

It was the Portuguese midfielder's corner on 72 minutes that picked out the towering figure of Boly whose header was too powerful for Hugo Lloris.

Jimenez was rewarded for a hard day's graft on 83 minutes when he squeezed his effort through the legs of Toby Alderweireld and beat Lloris at his near post.

Costa added a third for the visitors late on but by then the game was beyond doubt, which is more than can be said for Spurs' hopes of a first top-flight title since 1961.

"The second half was really really good. We managed possession, had chances and goals," said the winning manager Nuno.

"We had a lot of belief after the equaliser. I would have said a draw was a good result, but I cannot control the emotions of the boys if they see space in front of them. It is good for the dressing room but to play like this at Wembley - the home of football - is the big thing."

Fulham boosted their survival hopes after Aleksandar Mitrovic scored a stoppage time winner to give them a 1-0 win over bottom team Huddersfield Town at Craven Cottage.

Mitrovic's late intervention spared the blushes of teammate Aboubakar Kamara, who saw his penalty saved by visiting goalkeeper Jonas Lossl after the Frenchman had snatched the ball away from the Serb, prompting an angry Claudio Ranieri to say in his post-match interview that he "wanted to kill" Kamara.

A 92nd-minute goal from midfielder Victor Camarasa and a penalty save from goalkeeper Neil Etheridge ensured Cardiff City beat Leicester City 1-0 for their first away victory of the campaign.

Brighton & Hove Albion's Dutch striker Jurgen Locadia pounced just before the hour as they carved out a 1-0 home win against an unlucky Everton side who hit the woodwork twice.

Abdoulaye Doucoure came off the bench to bundle home the equaliser as Watford secured a 1-1 draw with Newcastle United at Vicarage Road.

Updated: December 29, 2018 09:51 PM



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