If we can avoid finishing with three straight losses and extract some decent performances in the process, that would be satisfactory.
That’s not to say I’m downhearted heading into the final week of the season – it’s just a difficult sequence.
Confidence will be high in camp and rightly so. Both Albions had something to play for and our young side matched their desire and showed real quality at times to get the results.
They’ll need to repeat that in the next two.
It’s the Europa League or bust for both Spurs and Everton, but they’ll still be pushing hard for the points, making it a good experience for many of our junior players.
There’s nothing to lose so hopefully they attack these fixtures, seize the opportunity and show what they’re about.
Is Tottenham’s failure to break into the top four down to mismanagement or are the players just not good enough? I know what Jose would say.
Someone else will get a chance to make things right in the summer and Nuno’s name is unsurprisingly being associated with the vacancy.
If it’s a change of style they’re looking for, I’d be surprised if they turned to our head coach given his own preference for building from the back. But someone will be getting the job and he’s as qualified as any of the other names on the list.
In the meantime, Ryan Mason is guiding the ship and he’s managed two wins and two defeats from his four games thus far.
They’re blessed with a rich variety of attacking options, including Harry Kane; out for personal glory, tied with Mo Salah on 21 goals in the hunt for the Premier League golden boot.
Son has 17 league goals himself and with such a prolific duo leading the line, it’s hard to believe they haven’t been able to establish themselves in the Champions League places.
The home end
Thanks to Tottenham, fan Declan from Spurs for Life who sent the following over:
I’m still reeling from another disappointing Spurs defeat, this time against Leeds United. There were flashes of promise in the game, but a lot of chances wasted. Despite the scoreline, it felt as though Tottenham could have and should have got more out of that game. But the ongoing issue is the defence which kept getting split apart by Leeds, and now Wolves will lick their lips in anticipation of our meeting.
With Ryan Mason at the helm, things feel more exciting with the re-introduction of the likes of Dele Alli, and by fielding Harry Kane, Son Heung-min and Gareth Bale as a front three. But it still feels as if Tottenham are not quite clicking together in a post-Mourinho hangover.
Spurs and Wolves have both had disappointing seasons with disappointing defensive records. But the Lilywhites do have the more exciting front line which could prove to be the difference in what should be another close encounter at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, with Wolves hungry to pick up more momentum after their last victory and with the home side trying to rally themselves once again under Mason.
Prediction: 2-1 Tottenham.
There are two things I’m wondering. The first is whether Nuno will revert to a back three against stronger opponents and the second being whether he’ll use more senior players.
I’d start Traore and Dendoncker in place of Podence and Moutinho (or Neves), just to give us more pace and power. Brighton bullied us in the first half in much the same way Burnley did and we were definitely short at least one good header of the ball to defend set-pieces.
It’s a shame Otasowie missed out against Brighton after a positive outing against West Brom. I didn’t read anything about why he was missing from the squad, but he’s the exact blend of energy and brute strength we need, so I hope he’s involved this time.
If Nuno did want something more tried and tested, then Saiss, Moutinho, Podence, Semedo, Willian Jose and maybe even Willy Boly are all viable options.
Last time out
We’ve won this fixture on the last two occasions, coming from behind twice last season to win it with Raul’s dreamy breakaway goal, having also come out on top 3-1 at Wembley the previous year.
It was 1-1 at Molineux at Christmas with Romain Saiss grabbing us a deserved point late on after Spurs took an early lead and in typical Mourinho style parked the bus.
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