Tottenham’s winless run in the Premier League was extended to four matches as Romain Saiss’ late header cancelled out Tanguy Ndombele’s opener to earn Wolves a 1-1 draw.
After losses to title rivals Liverpool and Leicester City, Spurs were aiming to avoid suffering a third successive league defeat for the first time since November 2012 and made a flying start as Ndombele drilled in after just 57 seconds.
Wolves looked toothless for most of the remaining 89 minutes with star forward Raul Jimenez watching on from the stands, yet their knack of getting late goals came to fruition once more.
Pedro Neto’s superb corner was met by Saiss, who glanced a brilliant header beyond Hugo Lloris to again frustrate Tottenham, who passed up the chance to move up to third and were ultimately grateful for a 96th-minute Fabio Silva miss.
Wolves had been caught cold inside the opening minute as Ndombele’s thumping strike fooled Rui Patricio, whose step to the right proved costly.
Ndombele then turned provider with a surging run from deep but Patricio was equal to Sergio Reguilon’s effort.
Silva was left frustrated when he lashed into the side-netting before the half-hour, while Hugo Lloris kept out Daniel Podence’s first-time shot.
Wolves wanted a penalty straight from the restart when Eric Dier clipped Silva, yet the VAR did not advise referee Paul Tierney to assess a replay and no spot-kick was given.
Lloris lunged in bravely at Silva’s feet to deny the 18-year-old in a goalmouth scramble as Wolves started to turn the screw, although Son Heung-min, hunting his 100th Spurs goal, missed a chance to tee up Harry Kane at the other end.
Wolves’ attempts looked set to prove fruitless until the 86th minute when Saiss turned in Neto’s excellent delivery for an equaliser that set up a frantic finale.
Silva should have snatched all three points in stoppage time, only to head straight at Lloris as the spoils were shared.
WOLVERHAMPTON WANDERERS: (4-2-3-1) Rui Patricio 6; Semedo 6.5, Coady 6.5, Saiss 7, Marcal 6 (Ait-Nouri 74mins 6); Moutinho 6.5 (Otasowie 82mins 6), Neves 6.5; Traore 6, Podence 6.5, Neto 6; Silva 6. Not used: Ruddy, Hoever, Vitinha, Perry, Cundle, Kilman, Corbeanu.
GOALS: Saiss 86
MANAGER: NUNO ESPIRITO SANTO: 6
TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR: (3-5-2) Lloris 6.5; Dier 6, Sanchez 6, Davies 6; Doherty 6, Hojbjerg 6.5, Winks 6, Ndombele 6.5 (Sissoko 69mins 6), Reguilon 6 (Bergwijn 63mins 6); Son 6 (Lamela 82mins 6), Kane 6. Not used: Hart, Alderweireld, Alli, Aurier, Tanganga.
GOALS: Ndombele 10
MANAGER: JOSE MOURINHO: 6
REFEREE: Paul Tierney 6
MAN OF THE MATCH: Romain Saiss 6