Tottenham boosted their hopes of qualifying for the Europa League with a comfortable Premier League win over Wolves.
Spurs, who are five points adrift of a top-four place, leapfrog West Ham into sixth on goal difference, with Everton, who play later on Sunday, three points further back.
It was a deserved victory for the hosts who hit the woodwork three times after creating a number of excellent chances.
Harry Kane, who saw an early effort cannon off the left-hand post, set Spurs on their way, calmly slotting in the opener from Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg’s superb pass on the stroke of half-time.
While Wolves carried a threat on the break they were forced to ride their luck at times, with Kane and Dele Alli both hitting the right-hand post within seconds of each other.
And Hojbjerg unsurprisingly doubled Spurs’ advantage, reacting first after Wolves goalkeeper Rui Patricio had parried a Gareth Bale effort to slide the ball into the bottom right corner.
Romain Saiss, Adama Traore and Fabio Silva all had good opportunities to reply for the visitors, but not for the first time this season it was a frustrating day in front of goal for Wolves, who remain 12th in the table.
Kane and Alli star for dominant Spurs
This dominant Spurs display was brimming with everything that was absent in their defeat at Leeds eight days ago.
Interim head coach Ryan Mason will have been delighted by the purpose and poise that his players exhibited and will now be optimistic that Spurs can secure a place in next term’s Europa League.
While it was not their goal at the outset of the season, that may provide some consolation at the end of a topsy-turvy campaign and would undoubtedly be a preferable outcome to ending up in the Europa Conference League, which would involve a qualifying round over the summer.
Kane, who scored for the first time in a month, will be probably be keen to avoid that situation, particularly with the rearranged European Championship coming into view.
The England captain served early notice of his intentions with a brilliant long-range strike that smashed the base of the Wolves post and was excellent throughout.
Alli also impressed in front of the watching England boss Gareth Southgate, showing glimpses of the qualities that once made him a first choice for the Three Lions.
In his third consecutive start, he ghosted past Saiss on the right touchline during the first half and the only disappointment will have been that he did not cap a fine display with his first top-flight goal since 7 March 2020.
More to follow.
- 25TangangaBooked at 86mins
- 18Lo CelsoSubstituted forWinksat 69′minutes
- 9BaleSubstituted forSissokoat 89′minutes
- 20AlliSubstituted forNdombeleat 82′minutes
- 7Son Heung-Min
- 6D Sánchez
- 27Lucas Moura
- 11Rui Patrício
- 22Nélson Semedo
- 28João Moutinho
- 20VitinhaSubstituted forDa Silvaat 63′minutes
- 18Gibbs-WhiteSubstituted forNevesat 73′minutes
- 17Fábio SilvaSubstituted forCorbeanuat 82′minutes
- 12Da Silva
- Martin Atkinson
Match ends, Tottenham Hotspur 2, Wolverhampton Wanderers 0.
Second Half ends, Tottenham Hotspur 2, Wolverhampton Wanderers 0.
Foul by Pierre-Emile Højbjerg (Tottenham Hotspur).
Rúben Neves (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Son Heung-Min (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Foul by Rúben Neves (Wolverhampton Wanderers).
Foul by Japhet Tanganga (Tottenham Hotspur).
Nélson Semedo (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Substitution, Tottenham Hotspur. Moussa Sissoko replaces Gareth Bale.
Attempt saved. Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Son Heung-Min.
Attempt missed. Romain Saïss (Wolverhampton Wanderers) left footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Theo Corbeanu with a cross.
Attempt blocked. Rúben Neves (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by João Moutinho.
Japhet Tanganga (Tottenham Hotspur) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Foul by Japhet Tanganga (Tottenham Hotspur).
Leander Dendoncker (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Japhet Tanganga (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Leander Dendoncker (Wolverhampton Wanderers).
Tanguy Ndombele (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Foul by João Moutinho (Wolverhampton Wanderers).
Substitution, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Theo Corbeanu replaces Fábio Silva.