Tottenham Hotspur advanced into the fourth round of the Carabao Cup following a dramatic penalty shootout against Wolves at Molineux on Wednesday night.
Nuno Santo’s side quickly took a 2-0 lead early in the first half after goals from Tanguy Ndombele and Harry Kane but the home side nearly mounted a comeback with Leander Dendoncker and Daniel Podence getting on the scoresheet.
After 90 minutes, it went to penalties and summer signing Bryan Gil dispatched the winning spot-kick after both Ruben Neves and Conor Coady missed the target.
It was certainly a mixed evening for the Lilywhites and whilst there were plenty of positive performances, including from the likes of Oliver Skipp and Cristian Romero, there was some cause for concern over a couple of players.
One of which was Ben Davies, who started over Sergio Reguilon at left-back, with the Spaniard earning a rest before this weekend’s north London derby.
As per SofaScore, the Welsh veteran rated as Spurs’ worst player (6.3) – one of only two players to see below a 6.6 from the visiting squad.
Podence’s strike came from his side before the brute force that is Adama Traore came on and ran the 28-year-old ragged on the wing.
He won just two of his seven duels (28%), which suggests he struggled with the threat of both of Wolves’ wing options, whilst he was also dribbled past twice and he lost possession 14 times from 63 touches, via SofaScore.
That means every 4.5 touches, Davies gifted the ball back to the opposition.
One of the key components of Nuno’s system is attacking from the full-back position but the £14.4m-rated star could only make 76% of his 37 passing attempts and he made just one of his four crosses, leaving Kane very little to feed off.
Earning around £65k-per-week in N17, Davies will need to do a lot better next time he is handed an opportunity by the Spurs boss. His disappointing performance nearly cost the north Londoners on the night.