Mourinho: We were not too open against Newcastle despite late leveller

Raging Jose Mourinho says Tottenham’s displays are why he’s gone GREY as he once again hits out at ‘individual performances’ in Newcastle draw after late equaliser from Arsenal loanee Joe Willock derails their top-four hopes

  • Arsenal loanee Joe Willock capitalised on a defensive mix-up to level late on
  • Tottenham missed the chance to go above Chelsea in the race for the top four
  • Jose Mourinho said that ‘what I want to say can only be in the dressing room’
  • Mourinho admitted his side had ample time to stop Newcastle’s second goal 
  • The point for the Magpies puts them three points clear of 18th-placed Fulham

Jose Mourinho admitted he was disappointed to come away with just a point against Newcastle and rejected the suggestion that his side might have been too open after conceding a late equaliser to squander their chance of moving into the top four above Chelsea. 

Joelinton gave the Magpies on 28 minutes before Harry Kane’s quickfire first-half double.

The England striker then could have got a hat-trick when his strike hit the base of Martin Dubravka’s right-hand post with the Slovakian beaten. 

Jose Mourinho cut a frustrated figure as Tottenham missed a chance to move into the top four

Joe Rodon and Erik Lamela are distraught at the final whistle after Spurs let a lead slip late on

Arsenal loanee Joe Willock capitalised on some poor communication to bag a priceless leveller

Minutes later, Mourinho’s worst nightmare was realised. 

Matt Ritchie’s swinging cross to the back post was headed across goal by Joelinton, with Miguel Almiron heading the ball against Joe Rodon. 

Unfortunately for Spurs, Davinson Sanchez had also decided to make his way into the six-yard box, colliding with Rodon and leaving Arsenal loanee Joe Willock unmarked at the back post to finish in off the bar despite the attentions of Hugo Lloris as the visitors head to make do with moving up to fifth.  

Mourinho was understandably unhappy and did his best to keep a lid on things.  

‘It’s not a good point. We came here with the objective to win it, so (I’m) not happy with a point,’ he said. 

‘I don’t want to go very deep on my analysis because what I feel, what I think, what I want to say, cannot be with you. It can only be in the dressing room.’

When asked whether he felt his team had been too open defensively, he responded: ‘It’s a bit of contradiction because normally you say that we are not an open or expansive team.

Harry Kane scored a quickfire first-half double after Joelinton had given Newcastle the lead

But the England striker was left to rue hitting the post at the end of a swift counterattack

‘I would say that (there were) too many individual mistakes and then mistakes give instability and maybe then give that perception that you have (instability). 

‘For example, in the second half, we are balanced, we are not open, we have more numbers than them in the point where the cross is coming, we have positional control of the first man for the first ball, we have two against one for the second ball in the face of the goal, so we were not too open.’

Tottenham’s next game is next Sunday at home to Manchester United, while Newcastle are now three points clear of 18th-placed Fulham and travel to Burnley next weekend. 

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