Tottenham Hotspur was denied three points in their Premier League away match at Newcastle United on Sunday after conceding a late equalizer. Despite a Harry Kane double, the Spurs were taken to a 2-2 draw in a vital league game at St. James Park.
Spurs are still fifth in the table with 49 points, two points behind fourth-placed Chelsea, but West Ham United will leapfrog each of their London rivals into the Champions League places if they defeat Wolverhampton Wanderers away on Monday.
It was also the sixth time this season that the Spurs struggled to win a league game since winning at halftime.
In the first half, Harry Kane gave Tottenham the lead with two goals in four minutes.
After Joelinton’s opener for Newcastle, Harry Kane gave Tottenham the lead with two goals in four minutes in the first half, before Arsenal loanee Willock equalized to earn a point.
Jose Mourinho bemoaned the Spurs’ lack of defensive discipline after they conceded late in the second half, leaving them with only one point from the contest.
“The Premier League is challenging and high-level football.” And it’s difficult when you don’t prove that you belong to that high level of football in any behavior,” Mourinho said, according to the BBC.
“We made defensive errors that led to chaos. We were still in charge in the first half, and when we got the ball in the second half, we had no problems. We should have scored a few more goals.
Instability gave our opponent hope, and our opponent did not give up. I had the same thought, and I’m sitting on the bench. It’s difficult to be fully in control because I know what happened could happen again.”
The Portuguese boss was also worried about Spurs’ failure to cope with Newcastle’s relentless pressure despite scoring twice.
“You can’t score three, four, or five goals in any game. You come away from home and score two goals… we can’t expect a lot of goals per day, and it’s not always necessary,” Mourinho continued.