Wolves legend shares what really struck him about Wolves star in Spurs win

Molineux legend Andy Thompson has praised Mario Lemina for his determination and ‘desire’ that led to his winning goal for Wolves against Tottenham Hotspur.

Wanderers fans are entering the international break with a sense of satisfaction after witnessing their team come from behind to defeat Spurs at Molineux. Pablo Sarabia’s remarkable goal, followed by his assist for Lemina’s winner, sealed a well-deserved 2-1 victory. Throughout the game, Wolves showcased impressive football and a strong work ethic off the ball.

While much of the post-match discussion has centered around Sarabia for his impactful performance, pundits Garth Crooks and Alan Shearer both acknowledging him in their respective Premier League Teams of the Week, Lemina’s decisive goal hasn’t gone unnoticed. Thompson specifically highlighted Lemina’s contribution just before scoring, emphasizing his drive and determination in securing the crucial victory for Wolves.


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Andy Thompson hails Mario Lemina for the ‘drive’ he showed for Wolves winner against Tottenham

Wolves legend Thompson provided punditry insights during the club’s Matchday Live Extra show, where much of the discussion revolved around Sarabia’s exceptional winning goal, widely regarded as a thing of beauty. However, Thompson also highlighted the impressive construction of Lemina’s winning goal, giving credit to Tommy Doyle for his quick thinking. Doyle astutely identified Sarabia on the wing and swiftly delivered the ball to him.

Thompson specifically praised Lemina’s role in the quick free-kick, noting that it caught the Tottenham team off guard, preventing them from setting up defensively. This strategic move allowed Wolves to capitalize on the situation. Despite being the player fouled, Lemina demonstrated remarkable desire by promptly getting back on his feet and making a purposeful run into the penalty area. Sarabia skillfully picked him out, showcasing Lemina’s commitment and determination throughout the game, earning him commendation from Thompson.

Lemina winner nicely summed up Wolves’ performance

Witnessing Lemina’s goal was truly satisfying. Doyle took a calculated risk by playing quickly, considering the possibility that Jose Sa might have advanced to deliver the ball into the penalty area for players like Sasa Kalajdzic and Craig Dawson to capitalize on.

The gamble paid off, and Lemina deserves significant credit for seizing the opportunity to score, especially considering he was the player recently fouled. Valued at £10 million, Lemina isn’t typically recognized for making attacking runs, making his goal even more commendable.

Thompson notes the real desire displayed by Lemina, mirroring the collective effort of all Wolves players throughout the majority of the game. In many ways, this goal encapsulated the team’s performance as a cohesive unit.

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