His Spurs side successfully booked their place in the last 16 of the Carabao Cup, where they will face a trip to Burnley in October.
However, it was far from plain sailing for Tottenham, who led 2-0 inside 25 minutes in the West Midlands thanks to goals from Tanguy Ndombele and Harry Kane, who ended his domestic duck in 2021/22.
Wolves came roaring back through Leander Dendoncker and Daniel Podence, forcing a penalty shootout.
Ruben Neves, Dendoncker and Conor Coady all missed from the spot for the hosts, with Bryan Gil importantly burying his own effort as Tottenham bounced back from successive 3-0 defeats against Crystal Palace and Chelsea.
Wolves’ terrible home form during the early stages of Bruno Lage’s reign continues.
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Nuno asked about Wolves and whether he recognised anything about his former club, good or bad, today.
He says: “Wolves are a very good team, you know the quality and talent they have. It’s a very tough atmosphere of Molineux, it helps them a lot.”
Nuno asked about Kane but again suggests he doesn’t want to talk about individuals.
Goes as far as to say: “Harry had a very good game but it’s about the team improving and growing together.”
Nuno asked about the performance of Tanguy Ndombele, who opened the scoring but was at fault for both Wolves’s goals.
He said he does not want to talk about individuals but does add: “Let’s be patient with Tanguy. It’s his third game.”
Nuno is here…
Nuno: “We allowed Wolves to get back in the game…
“I’m really disappointed with the set piece [for Wolves’ first goal]. The atmosphere changed with the second half.
“The first half was really, really good.”
Now we await the managers…
I daresay Nuno will be pleased with the overall result but it wasn’t exactly the huge morale booster ahead of Arsenal that it looked like being at 2-0…
In the end, relief for Nuno and Tottenham, who will progress to the EFL Cup fourth-round, but they didn’t make it easy on themselves.
At 2-0 up, they were cruising but Wolves looked the more likely winners in the second half.
The positives: a goal for Kane, a Dele assist and 90 minutes plus some magic from Ndombele.
The negatives: Ndombele’s weakness for both Wolves goals, conceding from another set piece and an apparent mental fragility at 2-0.
MISS | Coady – Spurs win shootout 3-2!
Coady spanks his effort against the crossbar and Spurs are into the fourth-round.
MISS | Hojbjerg – 2-3
Lifeline for Wolves as Hojbjerg fires way too close to Ruddy.
MISS | Dendoncker – 2-3
Gollini saves! Hojbjerg can win it for Spurs!
GOAL | Gil – 2-3
Great penalty from the young Spaniard who fires into the top corner.
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