Tottenham were left to rue missing a host of chances in the London derby against Fulham to see another couple of points dropped. Spurs looked to be in control after Harry Kane’s goal in the first half, but a combination of lack of clinical finishing and outstanding saves from Areola dented their hopes of moving up the table.
Tottenham’s intention to sit back on a one-goal advantage came back to haunt them as Fulham deservedly earned a point after Ivan Cavaleiro headed home the equaliser in the 74th minute. The result contributed in Tottenham dropping 10 points from winning positions this season in the Premier League.
Speaking after the match, Mourinho admitted his team had chances to kill the game, but failed to do so. The Portuguese added “Three or four big chances in the first half to have a different result.“
“The biggest chance was in the second half to kill the game with 2-0. And then we concede a goal that was completely avoidable. I have to admit that in the second half they played more but of course they were losing and they tried.”
“But even so, we didn’t make a save and could have killed the game. Then we lose a man in the box in a corner, which is something that happens in set pieces, but this time it was in free play.”
“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.”
“In the first half we had chances to kill the game. 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.“