Nuno commended his team for taking risks in that grandstand second half and rightfully so.
There was a zip, a sparkle and an invention to their forward play that’s been lacking of late and was again absent in a laboured first 45.
Aside from a well constructed Raul Jimenez goal that was incorrectly ruled out for offside in the build up, Wolves were just too predictable.
Without Dier or Alli or Vertonghen or Dembele who limped off in the opening minutes, there was a sense Spurs were there to be got at defensively. We just didn’t ask enough questions.
Spurs had done little to seize control by the interval and despite the incision of their own forward play in a 10 minute purple patch, it all felt far too easy for Pochettino’s side.
Lamela – the outstanding attacker on the night – created and finished his goal expertly but the free header for Lucas Moura three minutes later was more troubling.
If our recent attempts to overturn a deficit were anything to go by you’d have been forgiven for filing this one away and hoping to keep the score down.
That was certainly my mindset once Harry Kane made it three with their first meaningful attack of a second half Wolves had dominated having finally dialled up the intensity.
With no real cutting edge and Bonatini deployed on the left wing it seemed like Nuno felt the same.
But credit the Brazilian who wrestled back possession by the corner flag and fed Jimenez for the first penalty. It was a touch surprising he didn’t want to take it himself, but thankfully Ruben succeeded where he’s failed a few times in a gold shirt.
Fellow sub Morgan Gibbs-White personified the fightback, bringing pace and mobility to the midfield in favour of the metronome like influence of Moutinho.
Match of the Day pundits were purring over the England youth international’s cameo and it’s easy to see why. He would have had one of the assists of the season had Helder Costa not squandered the opening.
The speed he manipulated the ball and the bravery in possession he demonstrated to drive Wolves forward in search of a way back was outstanding.
If his rapid upward trajectory continues, he will be starting games in the Premier League before the season is out.
Jonny did well to coax another mistake out of Juan Foyth in what was another strong outing for the Spaniard in my opinion. Credit Jimenez too for wanting the responsibility of getting his team back in the game. Whatever his shortcomings, he certainly doesn’t hide.
It’s a shame we couldn’t push harder again for an equaliser but just to have a chance of taking something against big 6 opposition having been three goals down is borderline miraculous.
And despite the third consecutive loss, Wolves can feel better than they did after Watford and Brighton for at least breaking through.
If that second half is what taking risks looks like, I’d say they’re most certainly risks worth taking.