Romain Saiss produced a header that watching Wolves team-mate Raul Jimenez would have been proud of to deny Tottenham victory at Molineux, and a place in the top-four.
Jose Mourinho’s men led for 85 minutes after Tanguy Ndombele had driven home a low 20-yard shot from Ben Davies’ lay-off after just 57 seconds.
But, just as it appeared their dominance would earn no reward in the continued absence of Jimenez – attending a game for the first time since fracturing his skull at Arsenal at the start of November – Wolves struck an equaliser.
Morocco defender Saiss met Pedro Neto’s corner at the near post with a superb glancing header to steer the ball past Hugo Lloris.
It was the least Wolves deserved after their efforts at shackling Harry Kane and Son Heung-min.
Spurs’ star duo rarely got a clean sight of goal and, although Sergio Reguilon might have made the game safe for Tottenham, they paid the price for retreating too far into their shell.
Tottenham, who would have gone third with the win, move to fifth, splitting the two Manchester clubs, who both have a match in hand.
Wolves are 11th and might have won it in the final minute of injury-time when Fabio Silva headed straight at Lloris.
Wolves in transition
While Jimenez’s presence was poignant for the hosts, that defenders Jonny Otto and Willy Boly were with him in the same executive box as they recover from injury was significant.
With Matt Doherty playing against his old club for Spurs and Diogo Jota now at Liverpool, half of what would be considered as Nuno Espirito Santo’s preferred team from the past two seasons was not available to him.
As Nuno has implemented a new style of play as well, there was an element of transition about this season even without the injury to Jimenez.
Since the Mexican striker’s injury, Wolves now won one of five matches.
Wolves were excellent in possession but their attacks petered out in the final third. Daniel Podence brought a decent save out of Lloris before the break and both Silva and Neto threatened the Tottenham goal.
Wolves are looking for a striker but a loan inquiry for Real Madrid’s Luka Jovic looks destined to fail.
In the meantime, they are living off scraps, such as the second-half penalty claim for a foul on Silva by Eric Dier that was rejected by VAR.
Some Wolves fans are getting impatient, which is harsh in the extreme, especially when they retain the character and determination that Nuno has spent so long building and which earned them a point when all appeared lost.
More to follow.
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- 11Rui Patrício
- 22Nélson SemedoBooked at 70mins
- 16CoadyBooked at 58mins
- 5MarçalBooked at 68minsSubstituted forAït-Nouriat 75′minutes
- 28João MoutinhoSubstituted forOtasowieat 83′minutes
- 10PodenceBooked at 46minsSubstituted forVitinhaat 90+1′minutes
- 17Fábio Silva
- 6D Sánchez
- 8WinksBooked at 45mins
- 3ReguilónSubstituted forBergwijnat 63′minutes
- 28NdombeleSubstituted forSissokoat 70′minutes
- 7Son Heung-MinSubstituted forLamelaat 84′minutes
Match ends, Wolverhampton Wanderers 1, Tottenham Hotspur 1.
Second Half ends, Wolverhampton Wanderers 1, Tottenham Hotspur 1.
Corner, Tottenham Hotspur. Conceded by Nélson Semedo.
Attempt saved. Fábio Silva (Wolverhampton Wanderers) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Rúben Neves with a cross.
Conor Coady (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur).
Foul by Romain Saïss (Wolverhampton Wanderers).
Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Substitution, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Vitinha replaces Daniel Podence.
Attempt missed. Fábio Silva (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from the right side of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Adama Traoré.
Goal! Wolverhampton Wanderers 1, Tottenham Hotspur 1. Romain Saïss (Wolverhampton Wanderers) header from the right side of the six yard box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Pedro Neto with a cross following a corner.
Corner, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Conceded by Ben Davies.
Pedro Neto (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Erik Lamela (Tottenham Hotspur).
Substitution, Tottenham Hotspur. Erik Lamela replaces Son Heung-Min.
Substitution, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Owen Otasowie replaces João Moutinho.
Corner, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Conceded by Eric Dier.
Adama Traoré (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Ben Davies (Tottenham Hotspur).
Attempt saved. Rúben Neves (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.