Premier League: Tottenham Hotspur slip behind in title race after 1-3 home defeat to Wolves
A late defensive lapse made Tottenham Hotspur pay a hefty price as their title aspirations took a major blow following the 1-3 defeat to Wolves at home on Saturday.
The defeat — their first at home since October – left Spurs six points behind Liverpool, who can increase the distance if they beat Arsenal. Manchester City on third will jump above them if they win at Southampton.
Some brilliant individual skills from skipper Harry Kane put Spurs ahead midway through the first half after the striker received the ball out wide, cut in and fired a sumptuous drive past Rui Patricio to put his ahead.
But Kane’s goal – fourth in three league games – wasn’t enough to help his side extend the seven unbeaten games in all competitions. What it did was to put Kane level with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang as the joint top-scorer in the league with 13 goals each.
Wolves though are not a team to go down without a fight. They had earlier held the likes of Manchester City, Arsenal, Manchester United and beaten Chelsea and further enhanced their reputation with a grand comeback victory.
They equalised through a Willy Boly header in the 72nd minute before striker Raul Jimenez complemented a perfect counter-attacking move with a brilliant strike and Helder Costa sealed the victory three minutes from time.
Wolves jumped to seventh with 29 points from 20 games. Tottenham are second for the time being with 45 from the same number of matches.
Elsewhere, Fulham beat Huddersfield 1-0 courtesy an Aleksandar Mitrovic penalty after Aboubakar Kamara had missed from the same spot.
Cardiff City also overcame Leicester City by the same scoreline after James Maddison’s penalty was saved by Neil Etheridge.
Brighton rode on Jurgen Locadia goal to defeat Everton while Newcastle and Watford played-out 1-1 draw.