Tottenham returned to the top six by beating Wolves 2-0 at home on Sunday.
The goals of Harry Kane and Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg were enough to take all three points, but it could and should have been more.
Harry Kane has scored his 22nd Premier League goal of the season[/caption]
The victory was significant for Ryan Mason’s side as it lifted them above West Ham and out of the dreaded places in the Europa Conference League.
But it was Conor Coady’s performance that caught the eye. The defender made an amazing ten clearances in the first half.
“This is a direct message to Gareth Southgate, this. As you wouldn’t believe, from Conor Coady, ”Sky Sports commentator Gary Neville said.
It was a performance that could prove to be decisive with places for England up for grabs.
For the first hour of the game, everything was Tottenham with the visitors under pressure.
Kane finally broke the deadlock just before half-time.
The England striker had already hit the post before scoring his 22nd league goal of the season by beating the Hojbjerg center offside trap and producing a clinical finish with the goal held after a VAR check.
It was his 22nd Premier League goal of the season, initially edging out Mohamed Salah before the Egyptian striker scored in the subsequent kick-off.
Kane opened the scoring just before half-time with a well-deserved goal[/caption]
It should have been more for Spurs, however, were it not for Coady’s ten clearances in the first half. All in front of England boss Gareth Southgate, who was watching from the stands at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
The momentum continued into the second half with Spurs hitting the post twice in the same phase of play.
Kane’s effort was swung to the post by Rui Patricio before Dele Alli crushed his shot on the rebound woodwork.
Hojbjerg sealed Tottenham’s victory with his second-half goal[/caption]
The Spurs then rightly doubled their lead just past the hour.
Sergio Reguilon won the ball at the top of the pitch, Heung-min Son fed Gareth Bale, whose shot was parried by Rui Patricio only for Hojbjerg to pull the rebound.
Although Spurs took the 2-0 victory, it was Coady who was named Neville’s man of the game.
The decision to give the Wolves center-back the prize was greeted with amazement by interim Spurs boss Ryan Mason.
After the game he said: “Dele for me was the man of the match, it’s weird that a center-back gets him when his team conceded two and probably conceded double-digit shots on targets.
“I’m not the one making these decisions, we all know how good Dele was and we all know how good our players were.
“We were the best team and we had the best people today.”