Nuno Espirito Santo paid tribute to his former Wolves goalkeeper John Ruddy after Tottenham Hotspur’s EFL Cup victory at Molineux last night, speaking to Spurs’ website.
He’s still got it.
At the age of 34, the former England international spends most of his time on the sidelines these days but, during his customary outing in the Carabao Cup, Wolves’ veteran glovesman showed he can still be relied on to step up to the plate when required.
Ruddy made a number of fine saves on the night as Wolves fought from two goals down to take a topsy-turvy game to penalties. One point-blank stop from a Harry Kane bullet header was the highlight.
“John Ruddy made an amazing save with the header from Harry. I’m still wondering how he could do it!” Nuno said after his Tottenham side prevailed 4-2 on penalties, setting up a fourth-round trip to top-flight rivals Burnley.
“We had chances but we stayed strong. At Molineux, it’s always tough.
“I think it was a good game, well played. We started very well, playing really nicely, we scored two beautiful goals, we had clear chances.”
Wolves keeper Ruddy fails to stop Tottenham marching on
Nuno was far from pleased to see his side concede from another corner kick, however. Leander Dendoncker outjumped the eternally enigmatic Tanguy Ndombele to halve Spurs’ lead before Daniel Podence levelled the scores.
“To learn and to grow we must avoid and minimise these mistakes because that’s what makes the game harder,” added the Spurs boss, days after Thiago Silva and Antonio Rudiger scored from set-pieces during Chelsea’s 3-0 cruise in north London.
“Honestly, the way we were controlling the game, we didn’t allow anything until the time we conceded.
“Then again, we lost a little bit of control. In the second half we started strong, we had chances to score, but Wolves at home is tough. We had to defend and then finally the penalties.”