Tottenham Hotspur manager Jose Mourinho hinted at the defensive fragility of his side which allowed Fulham to come off the back on Wednesday and draw a 1-1, sixth draw in the Premier League for North London.
The result was another opportunity, similar to games against Newcastle United, West Ham United and Crystal Palace, where the Spurs were ahead but did not take advantage of their lead and allow opponents to return to the match.
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Harry Kane’s header gave the Spurs an advantage on a wet night at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. Yet the easy chances missed by Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg and Son Heung-min were punished by Ivan Cavaleir’s header for Fulham in the middle of the second half.
“We had the best chance to kill the game in the second half, but when you don’t do that, you can’t concede goals the way we did,” Mourinho told a news conference.
“This is basically the same story from the start of the season. We can talk about not killing the game yes, we can talk about it, and today was a clear situation where we could and should have killed the game in the first half.
“But then go back to the goals we recognize and it’s also not easy to assimilate.”
It wasn’t a vintage performance by Spurs defenders Davinson Sanchez and Eric Dier that Cavaleiro both beat in the air for Fulham’s goal. Mourinho did not name names, but pointed to “individual” mistakes.
“Some things have to do with team organization, but other things have to do with individual skills, individual abilities, and that’s simple,” the Portuguese said when asked about the exclusion of his side.
Mourinho will have to quickly gather his players for a trip to lower Sheffield United on Sunday, and the Spurs will sit sixth, six points behind leader Manchester United.