In recent years, a Christmas destination for Romain Saiss has become just as much a part of the holiday season as the office party (ok, maybe not this year either), pigs in blankets and Mrs Brown’s boys, writes Paul Berry

And wolves who added at least one point to their balance sheet – they have since 2012 on Jan. or 27 December didn’t lose a game – have proven to be just as predictable

Saiss was on target for the third of four festive games, with the Moroccan maestro heading home just four minutes from time to score a well-deserved point against Jose Mourinho’s Spurs

It had taken Tanguy Ndombele a long time to fire Tottenham by just 60 seconds

In truth, from that moment on it was a very even competition with chances on both ends, but the Wolves built up a lot of momentum in a typically robust second half, which made them more than valuable to the late leveler

Son Heung-Min had already got behind the defense of the wolves and had saved Rui Patricio from a tight angle to win a corner

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This is a game that has scored 17 goals in those four games since Wolves returned to the Premier League Perhaps an early goal came as no surprise, although it was clearly a major blow to a home team that had set up with goals like this offensive potential

Fabio Silva got his first start at Molineux at the head of an exciting front 4 with Adama Traore, Neto and Daniel Podence, but they hadn’t even gotten a chance to make their move before such an early setback

But as the wolves gradually settled down, those first four began to delve more into creating several promising moments in search of balance.

First a great run from Traore ended with a pass to Podence, whose low ride Lloris couldn’t disturb, and just before half an hour, Silva directed Nelson Semedo’s flank just off the near post at the end of an impressive move

That doesn’t mean Spurs didn’t look dangerous going forward, with Ndombele being such a powerful influence and his teasing cross from Sergio Reguilon just missed the goal

The Wolves had another good chance just before the break when the ball fell on Podence again, but his half volley with his left foot was neatly collected by Lloris

One goal behind in the break, it would take another of Wolves’ famous comeback in the second half, and right after the whistle they rushed to find a leveler

Silva loudly called for a penalty kick after going down in the area, but there was nothing to do other than a corner that Saiss’ clever header put Lloris into action from

This enticing trio of Podence, Traore and Neto were heavily involved back in the day as the Wolves continued to gain momentum – oh, a full South Bank could have soaked that ball in

However, Spurs valiantly defended themselves, particularly through Davinson Sanchez, and still carried their own threat on the counter

Eric Dier shot a free kick wide after Ndombele fell from Conor Coady, but the skipper’s superb pass to Podence soon made for a more promising game that distracted Ruben Neves’ ascending drive

Neto then drove in the heart of the Tottenham defense just for the intervention of another defender to distract his forceful exertion far, and Neves took advantage of a loose pass to try his luck with a decent low drive, the lloris on his left collected

But Saiss still had time to shoot an excellent header behind Lloris in the opposite corner at the end of another excellent neto corner at the near post

Both teams pushed their way forward in six throbbing minutes of overtime in search of all three, but ultimately it was the spoils shared between Nuno and his former boss Mourinho before the warm embrace

The world was a very different place that evening last year when Matt Doherty – back in Molineux, but this time in opposing colors – met a late winner to send reigning Premier League champions Manchester City off and take the gold and send black believers into a festive frenzy

Saiss’ equally belated intervention here was obviously not greeted as loudly with thousands of screaming fans absent, but it was celebrated just as eagerly by the wolf contingent in the stadium

One point from a team as well trained and of high quality as Spurs is certainly not to be missed, not least when four potential starters – Raul Jimenez – play for the first time since his terrible head injury this month see Some time ago Willy Boly, Jonny and Leander Dendoncker were unfortunately sitting in an executive box

Those are the options Nuno would like to have available when the hectic festive schedule moves to Old Trafford on Tuesday night, but his team’s spirit continues to show itself as comeback kings – and a touch of the boss Mr Christmas himself Romain Saiss – made sure they went there with at least one more item on the list

Wolves (4-2-3-1): Patricio; Semedo, Coady (c), Saiss; Marcal (Ait-Nouri 75); Neves, Moutinho (Otas and 83); Podence (Vitinha 90 1) ,, Neto, Traore, Silva

Tottenham (3-4-1-2): Lloris, Sanchez, Dier, Davies; Doherty, Hojbjerg, Winks Reguilon (Bergwijn 63); Ndombele (Sissoko 70); Son (Lamela 83), Kane

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Source: https://www.expressandstar.com/sport/football/wolverhampton-wanderers-fc/2020/12/27/wolves-1-spurs-1-report/