Harry Kane scored the winner in the 64th minute, losing Nathan Collins from a corner, although it was the visitors who were the better team for much of the first half, allowing the home side just one shot while having 12 goal attempts themselves prior to the interval, and they could count themselves unlucky not to have scored.
The Old Gold’s shortcomings in the final third were evident yet again, despite the inclusion of new signing Goncalo Guedes, who wasn’t able to open his goalscoring account for the club today.
There were a few bright sparks for Wolves, notably Ruben Neves and Matheus Nunes, who averaged SofaScore ratings of 7.6 and 7.1 respectively, but it was a case of too many players going missing for Lage as they slumped to another defeat.
One of those was Pedro Neto. It must be noted that the Portuguese winger missed almost ten months – including the majority of last season – with a knee injury, but nonetheless he didn’t perform particularly well against Spurs today.
His SofaScore average of 6.6 was the joint-second lowest of the Wolves team this afternoon, with only Hwang Hee-chan, Rayan Ait Nouri and Collins having a lower rating, as the 22-year-old struggled to show any influence on the match.
The winger made only 38 touches during his 71 minutes on the pitch, only four more than Jose Sa, and failed to record a successful dribble, which is a very disappointing return from the winger.
Winning only one of his five duels was another area in which Neto let his team down, and his display was one of the contributing factors to Wolves not getting a result from the game, despite solid performances from their central midfielders.
It will take time for Neto to get back to the player he had been before his injury, which is understandable, but Lage needs more from him over the course of the season than what he showed today, as frankly his meek performance cost his team against Tottenham.