Isn’t it every football fan’s dream to watch their team win at Wembley? Well for Wolves fans that dream became a reality on Saturday, as Wolves came from 1-0 down to beat Tottenham 1-3 at ‘the home of football’. This result sent the boys in gold and black into the new year 7th in the Premier League. There are some great statistics to come out of this match so let’s take a look at them!
In the first half, we saw a more subdued performance from Nuno’s men however it wasn’t at all a bad performance. With the exception of Harry Kane’s spectacular goal from outside the box, Wolves managed to keep Tottenham at bay and were able to defend well. After half-time, Wolves came out all guns blazing and you just knew they were going to get something from the game.
Spurs didn’t have a single shot in the second half of the match, while Kane didn’t have a single touch in the Wolves penalty area at all during the 90 minutes. Wolves had nine shots inside the box as opposed to Spurs one, and they had a total of 11 shots, four on target.
Despite holding less possession (40%), Wolves managed to do a lot more with theirs than Spurs did. By scoring their three goals all in the last 18 minutes of the match Wolves have now increased that second half scoring statistic, having now scored a massive 78% of their Premier League goals in the second half of their games this season (18/23).
It wasn’t just their attacking force that was impressive, but defensively they won 63% of their tackles, made 11 interceptions, and won more duels (56) and aerials (15) than their opponents.
Start for Dendoncker
Saturday’s match saw Leander Dendoncker make his first Premier League start for Wolves. While it may have seemed a little harsh on Romain Saiss not to get a look in after his recent run of impressive performances, Dendoncker didn’t have a bad run out. It may not have been the most impactive performance from the Belgian but it was solid enough.
He didn’t play the full 90 minutes, but over the course of the 68 minutes that he was on the pitch he made one interception, won one out of two tackles, won three out of five duels and had a passing accuracy of 78%, which isn’t bad at all for his first start.
The decision to swap him for Joao Moutinho seemed to pay off for Nuno, as Moutinho had a positive impact on the remainder of the match. As for Dendoncker, a solid effort with no real errors, hopefully, he will continue to improve under Nuno and become an even better player.
A euphoric win away from home, at Wembley of all places, was the perfect way for Wolves to end 2018. They started it as Championship title contenders, went on to win the Championship, make some memorable signings, take the Premier League by storm and ended it with a Wembley win over Spurs to take them to 7th in the Premier League. It’s been an incredible season for the fans and 2019 looks set to be a good one too.
Up next Wolves will play their first match of the new year, as they face Crystal Palace at home in a Wednesday evening kick-off. There’s sure to be a big Molineux welcome awaiting them and, hopefully, another 3 points at the end of it.