As much as we brickhoused our way to victory, we would have lost that game under Bruno Lage.
The lack of intensity both on and off the ball is still rearing its ugly head and it’s going to take Julen Lopetegui another window and a summer on the training ground to eradicate that weakness.
But we now have a manager who is aware of the failings and is already able to influence change with cute in-game management and a powerful demeanor.
After yet another 45 minutes in which Wolves failed to understand the need to ‘earn’ the right to get on the front foot and play slick football, I certainly wouldn’t have predicted his changes. But the sign of a good manager is that you have faith in their work even when they do get things occasionally wrong.
I wouldn’t say Wolves massively improved second half but the tweaks in personnel and system and a realisation that Spurs were there for the taking, made enough of a difference.
Raul may not be the player of old, but give him enough service and the ball in the right areas and he still has plenty to offer. The same goes for Moutinho – tight games are made for João to come on and dictate proceedings. As for Adama, he fully utilised his pace. Too often he doesn’t want to take his man on, but you couldn’t say that today. He struck fear into Spurs, and that confidence led to the instinctive winner.
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The old guard are of course on their way out, but they made the difference today, and fair play to Lop for getting the best out of them.
Whisper it quietly, but four points from Newcastle and Leeds before the international break, and we’ll be well on the way to safety.
I understand those concerned with relegation – it can still be a pain seeing us struggle to create much – but our relegation rivals would snap our hands off with Lop’s record of 17 points from a possible 30.