Rio Ferdinand says he’s going crazy over one incident that Ange postecoglou is not talking about against Wolves

Tottenham Hotspur manager Ange Postecoglou has given his verdict on the Spurs defensive players who came into the starting XI for Saturday’s Premier League loss at Wolves.

The Tottenham boss was without the likes of Micky van de Ven, Cristian Romero and Destiny Udogie for the game. The Dutchman is out injured and the other two were suspended for the match.

This meant Postecoglou had to deploy a makeshift defence, with only Pedro Porro retaining his place. Eric Dier, Ben Davies and Emerson Royal all came into the back four.

Even though Tottenham were far from their best, they took a 1-0 lead into second-half injury time. Brennan Johnson had tapped home in the third minute from Pedro Porro’s pass.

However, things once again went pear-shaped for Spurs in the last few minutes of the match.

In the 91st minute, Matheus Cunha clipped the ball into the penalty area and Pablo Sarabia brought it down before firing past Guglielmo Vicario at his near post.

Then, in the seventh minute of injury time, Sarabia cut in from the right flank before slipping a through-ball through for Mario Lemina, who slotted into the bottom corner.

‘They didn’t let their performance levels drop’

Speaking after the game, Postecoglou praised those who had come into the starting XI from the fringes, saying they worked hard and didn’t let their performance levels drop.

He told football.london: “Both of them (Dier and Davies) and Emerson, and even for guys like Brennan and Pierre, who haven’t really started many games because we’ve had a pretty settled line-up.

“Particularly those two guys coming in [Dier and Davies], I thought their commitment, their endeavour to play our way was there for the whole game. They held out in the end.

“I think you could see they were feeling towards the end but they didn’t let their performance levels drop.

“For the most part, Wolves didn’t have many really big chances, I think Vic had one or two saves to make.

“But obviously at the end there, I think the first goal was a really good goal and we probably ran out of steam in the last few minutes.

“Wolves, particularly with the crowd behind them, were able to lift themselves.”

Spurs have a long way to go to improve their strength in depth – TBR View

While the likes of Dier and Davies weren’t terrible, you could feel the drop-off in quality. Both central defenders could’ve done better.

Both goals came from midfield runners not being tracked. Sarabia and Lemina were allowed to ghost into the box for the hosts’ goals.

Obviously Tottenham have done superbly this season but this week’s events have shown that Spurs have a long way to go to improve their strength in depth.