Nuno urges Spurs to cut out mistakes

23 September 2021 23:53:35 GMTPlus11
Nuno Espirito Santo's Spurs saw off Wolves on penalties

Nuno Espirito Santo was pleased to see Tottenham book their place in the fourth round of the EFL Cup against Wolves on Wednesday, but he knows they must stop making mistakes in matches.

Tottenham needed penalties to overcome Nuno's former club at Molineux and they are 13/2 to go on and win the League Cup this season for the first time since 2008.

It had looked like being a comfortable evening for Spurs, as they raced into an early 2-0 lead thanks to goals from Tanguy Ndombele and Harry Kane, but Leander Dendoncker and Daniel Podence struck for Wolves to take the contest to penalties.

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Spurs proceeded to win the subsequent shootout 3-2 and they will now face Burnley in the fourth round of the competition next month.

Nuno was pleased with the performance levels of his side, as he claimed his second victory at Molineux since leaving Wolves to take over as Spurs boss during the summer, although he knows there is plenty of room to improve, particularly when it comes to defending set-pieces.

'Good game'

"I think it was a good game, well played," Nuno told reporters after the match.

"We started very well, playing really nicely, we scored two beautiful goals, we had clear chances, then a set-piece against us and something that we really need to work on and improve - we cannot repeat the same mistakes over again.

"To learn and to grow, we must avoid and minimise these mistakes because that's what makes the game harder."

The 47-year-old also praised his side's penalty-taking ability, as well as goalkeeper Pierluigi Gollini, who saved from Dendoncker during the shootout, while Ruben Neves and Conor Coady failed to hit the target for Wolves.

"Penalties is not luck, penalties we have to work on and the boys really practice, they did it very well and Gollini was good," Nuno added.

Arsenal next

Spurs will now turn their attention back to the Premier League, with the North London derby against Arsenal to come at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday.

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