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MetiNews.Com - Here are five things we spotted in Tottenham's 2-0 Premier League win over Wolves at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
Breaking News ! Dier very lucky to be included Tottenham interim head coach Ryan Mason was always expected to shuffle his pack following the 3-1 defeat against Leeds United last Saturday. Spurs' backline was the main position in question going into today's match after the team conceded some very poor goals in West Yorkshire, with Eric Dier most at risk after a terrible performance. Many Spurs fans expected the England international to lose his place to either Davinson Sanchez or Joe Rodon but Mason kept faith with his former teammate and gave him the nod vs Wolves. Extremely fortunate to remain in the side given what occurred in West Yorkshire, Dier didn't have as much to do this week with Wolves not exactly testing Hugo Lloris despite having a few breaks on goal. Video Loading Video Unavailable Click to play Tap to play The video will auto-play soon8Cancel Play now Gareth Southgate was watching on at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium and the Spurs centre-back will have been pleased to help record a shutout in front of the England boss with Euro 2020 on the horizon. Doherty's position becomes clear Matt Doherty had a huge impact on the game the last time Tottenham and Wolves clashed in north London. Then a Wolves player as he found the net in a 3-2 win for the visitors, the Republic of Ireland international just hasn't had the same impact since swapping Molineux for the capital. In and out of the team over the course of the season with Serge Aurier seen as first-choice right-back, the 29-year-old has played a bit-part role in recent months, with injury also not helping his cause at times. Read More Related Articles Tottenham player ratings: Hojbjerg and Kane score, Dele and Reguilon impress with Tanganga solid Read More Related Articles Serge Aurier's absence from Tottenham squad vs Wolves explained amid PSG transfer links Well, Aurier's absence from the Spurs squad for the home match against Wolves seemed like the perfect opportunity for the summer signing to come in but it was Japhet Tanganga who got the nod down the right flank. Although you can maybe understand why Mason went with Tanganga as his defensive qualities allow Gareth Bale to focus on attacking, his selection does highlight Doherty's current position in the Spurs squad. Alli embarrasses Dendoncker and sends Southgate timely reminder Dele Alli was once again named in the Tottenham team following a bright display at Leeds last weekend. Teeing up Son Heung-min for the opener after a lovely piece of play, the 25-year-old quite clearly did enough to impress Mason even though he didn't remain on the pitch for the full 90 minutes. Starting to look more like his old self after such a tough campaign under Jose Mourinho, the attacking midfielder produced a moment of brilliance that almost paid off for Spurs. Dele Alli celebrates with Harry Kane following the opener against Wolves (Image: SHAUN BOTTERILL/POOL/AFP via Getty Images) With the ball in the corner and his back to the area after failing to play in Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, Alli was up against Leander Dendoncker but he worked his magic to embarrass the Belgian international. Playing the ball through his legs after a quick turn and then bursting into the box after getting the better of Nelson Semedo, Spurs really should have had a corner but the referee adjudged that Dier hit the ball wide from close range. It really was great play from Alli as Spurs needed a moment of class to spark the game into life. That wasn't the only good play from the Tottenham ace as he impressed over the course of the game, with Spurs' No.20 inches away from getting a goal his performance deserved when he hit the post not long into the second half. Alli may well have left it way too late to get in Southgate's England squad but the Three Lions boss will have been impressed with what he saw. Praise for Reguilon Tottenham really should have added to Harry Kane's opener at the start of the second half with the England captain and Alli both striking the post. Read More Related Articles Ryan Mason explains why Harry Kane should be Player of the Year over Man City and United stars Read More Related Articles TJ Eyoma reveals what Ryan Mason's training sessions are really like and explains Tottenham hope However, they didn't have to wait too much longer for a second of the afternoon with Hojbjerg reacting quickest to fire home from point-blank range.
. Looking like the ball was set to creep out of play with Ki-Jana Hoever shielding it, the Spaniard slid in to just keep it in before then getting up and going beyond the right-back to keep it alive. It was crucial to Hojbjerg's strike and the ex-Real Madrid man came in for plenty of praise for playing such a big part in the strike. Tottenham's Twitter account highlighted his "unreal work" before a separate tweet moments later from the club called him to "take a bow" for his excellent piece of play. Far from his best over the past few months, hopefully it will give him a huge lift going into the final two games of the campaign. Woodwork woes It looked like it could have been one of those days for Tottenham ten minutes into the second half. The better side in the first half as Kane's strike gave them a slender lead, the England captain, who had already hit the post in the opening 45 minutes, struck the woodwork for the second time after Patricio tipped his effort onto the post.
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The opening came from some excellent play from Alli, with the attacking midfielder then also hitting the other post on the rebound. A graphic flashed up during Sky Sports' coverage not long after that to highlight that Spurs had hit the woodwork a whopping 23 times this season, the most of any Premier League team in 2020/21. One major criticism of the team during the first part of the season under Mourinho was that they couldn't finish games off and that unfortunately saw them drop points as a result. On course to miss out on a Champions League place for a second successive season unless a major miracle happens over the next week, Spurs could well be in the top four right now had a few of those 23 attempts that hit the woodwork gone in. It just shows the fine lines in football and it's something Spurs will hope they don't top come this time next year.
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