Wolverhampton Wanderers are out of the Carabao Cup after losing to Tottenham Hotspur on penalties.

The tough start to the new season has continued, with Nuno Espirito Santo again leaving Molineux as a victor.

The game finished 2-2 after normal time, with Wolves doing well to get back in it after a horrible start in the game.

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Bruno Lage (Photo by Jack Thomas – WWFC/Wolves via Getty Images)

Tanguy Ndombele and Harry Kane scored to put Spurs 2-0 to the good.

But Leander Dendoncker’s brilliant header just before half-time gave Bruno Lage’s side hope.

Daniel Podence then struck in the second-half to level the scores.

Wolves had chances to win the game, but couldn’t find the winner – a familiar story this season.

Despite the frustration of losing on penalties, there were again some positives to take.

A number of Wolves players did well on the night, particularly in the second-half, and here are three that need to be starting the next game against Southampton on Sunday.


Willy Boly

The Ivory Coast international made his first appearance of the season after recently recovering from a hamstring injury.

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Willy Boly (Photo by Sebastian Frej/MB Media/Getty Images)

It was a shaky display from the defence, but Boly was the pick of the bunch and needs to keep his place against the Saints.

Wolves just better for having him back there.

Leander Dendoncker

He did miss his penalty which was disappointing, although at least he hit the target, unlike some others.

But £12 million enforcer Dendoncker (talkSPORT) was arguably Wolves’ best player last night.

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Leander Dendoncker (Photo by James Williamson – AMA/Getty Images)

The Belgian hasn’t seen too much action so far, but definitely made a good impression last night. His physical presence and energy were nice to have, and he did emerge as one of the bright sparks of the night.

Midfield has looked stretched at times this season, and he might be a better bet than Joao Moutinho going forwards.

Daniel Podence

The scorer of Wolves’ second goal has looked decent every time he’s taken to the field so far this term.

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Daniel Podence (Photo by Malcolm Couzens/Getty Images)

Arguably he is deserving of his first Premier League start on Sunday.

With two goals to his name now in 2021/22, Bruno Lage might actually not be able to ignore him.

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