|Harry Kane celebrates goal against Wolves on Saturday. It ended 1-0. (Photo credit: ESPN)|
Tottenham surged to the top of the premier league log albeit temporarily with a hard-fought home win over spirited Wolves but the visitors would feel they deserve more than going back home empty handed from the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Saturday.
Bruno Lage handed a debut to record signing Matheus Nunes and Goncalo Guedes also made his home debut with life having to continue for Wolves without inspirational captain Connor Coady who moved to Everton two weeks ago.
Antonio Conte was a calmer man on the sidelines after the melee at Stamford Bridge; the Italian handed a start to Ivan Perisic for the first time since he joined from Inter Milan and Davison Sanchez came in for the injured Romero.
Wolves were quick out of the blocks and troubled Spurs throughout the first half but couldn’t make the breakthrough in front of goal. Tottenham didn’t have a single shot on goal until the final minutes of the first but it could well have been the opening goal with Harry Kane getting on the end of a cross with a fine header that saw Jose Sa clawing it out at the death.
The second half was better for Spurs but Wolves still had their moments. Conte rang some changes in midfield and Lage did the same with Jose Jimenez making his season debut from the bench but Wolves were still blunt in front of goal.
Harry Kane scored what would be the winner off a corner from the left; Perisic headed it into the path of the England striker who nodded into an empty net. Wolves had moments again but never looked like scoring outside set-piece attempts from Ruben Neves and tame headers here and there.
There was time for Richarlison to come on and exert some pressure down the left and stretch the Wolves defense but nothing of note came out of it as Tottenham maintained their unbeaten start to the season but Wolves stay close to bottom with just one point in three outings.