Jose Mourinho left frustrated by Tottenham’s lack of tip in Fulham draw

Jose Mourinho is frustrated by Tottenham’s inability to ‘kill the game’ as Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg questions his side’s ‘bravery’ after giving up ANOTHER winning position in the draw with Fulham

Jose Mourinho lamented missed opportunities and a failure at the back while Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg questioned Tottenham’s courage as they fell to the top of the Premier League.

“Very disappointing,” Hojbjerg said after Ivan Cavaleiro’s late equalizer that resulted in Fulham’s draw at White Hart Lane. “We have to do better in some aspects of the game. More courage, more focus in terms of organizing the team and being strong as a team.

It doesn’t mean you have to stand in your own box and defend, it means the team is tight, the team is close to each other. I had a chance, I had to score. There are many details that we need to do better.

Jose Mourinho wasted Tottenham's missed opportunities in home draw with Fulham

Jose Mourinho wasted Tottenham’s missed opportunities in home draw with Fulham

Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg questioned his team's courage as they lost ground in Premier League

Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg questioned his team’s courage as they lost ground in Premier League

“ I’m happy that there is a game again in three days so that we can show a reaction, show that we are better than that. We are ready to go, and of course heads are high.

“There is a long way to go. We are still very ambitious. We are still very strong and very hungry as a team. We will continue.

Mourinho added: “ Three or four big chances in the first half to have a different result and the bigger chance in the second half to kill the game and go 2-0, but again, we conceded a goal that is completely preventable.

“ I have to admit in the second half they played more and they tried, they had to do it, but again we didn’t kill the game.

“It costs points and it often happens in the latter part of the game.

“There are things that are individual – individual qualities and individual mistakes. Basically I can’t say more. ”

A late equalizer from Ivan Cavaleiro brought Fulham a draw at White Hart Lane on Wednesday

A late equalizer from Ivan Cavaleiro brought Fulham a draw at White Hart Lane on Wednesday

Mourinho was not surprised to see Scott Parker field a strong Fulham side although he did not receive confirmation of that game until 9:30 am Monday. Aleksandar Mitrovic was the only notable absentee.

Tottenham should have played at Aston Villa but Villa had a Covid outbreak and the Premier League reshuffled the game against Fulham, which was postponed last month when Parker’s side were hit by the virus.

“I really believe and have to believe that we are dealing with honest people at Fulham,” said the Spurs boss. “Of course they had problems and of course the reason why we didn’t play the game when we should have been there for reasons.

“Why they didn’t want to play tonight is another question. But in the world of football it is very difficult to keep secrets, someone knows someone and tells someone and we knew a few days ago that they would be ready. Mitrovic was not a Covid situation, it’s a small injury.

Mourinho claimed on the eve of the game that Fulham would have to apologize for jeopardizing the completion of the Premier League if they field a strong side after complaining about the game.

“I don’t have to apologize for anything,” Parker said. “I’m very proud of this team after everything we’ve been through.

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