Sloppy Spurs not so special for Jose

Tottenham Hotspur 1-1 Fulham – Reaction

Over cautious or underachieving? Probably a fair bit of both – Either way, it won’t help Tottenham Hotspur’s hunt for elusive silverware anytime soon.

In fairness, Spurs have added a string or two to their bow under Jose Mourinho. Nevertheless, old frailties seem reluctant to leave. Against a Fulham side scrapping for their lives towards the foot of the Premier League, Tottenham was wasteful and ultimately careless – generations of Spurs fans rocked back on their sofas – they’ve seen it all before!

But what did Mourinho make of the performance? “Not good enough, but good enough to win,” he insisted.

“Not good enough because I think we have to play better in a more consistent way, but good enough to create four or five big chances, good enough to give Hugo in a very quiet evening.

“Good enough to win the game but not good enough because we have to play better than we did?”

A combination of poor finishing and superb goalkeeping from Fulham stopper, Alphonse Areola, ultimately left the Lilywhites frustrated as more home points were squandered: “Look but I understand that in the first half we had chances to kill the game,” the Spurs chief added.

“Some of them are Areola’s responsibility. In the second half, we had the biggest chance to kill the game, but when you don’t do it you cannot concede goals the way we did do it.

“This is the same story basically since the beginning of the season. We can talk about not killing the game yes, we can speak about that, and today was a clear situation where we could and should have killed the game in the first half but then you go back to the goals that we concede and it’s not also easy to assimilate that.”

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Brian Jeeves

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