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Jose Mourinho left frustrated by Tottenham’s lack of sharpness at Fulham’s draw

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

Jose Mourinho complained of missed opportunities and a backlog, while Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg questioned Tottenham’s bravery as they lost ground at the top of the Premier League.

“Very disappointing,” Hojbjerg said after a late equalizer by Ivan Cavaleiro left Fulham in a draw at White Hart Lane. ‘We have to do better in a number of aspects of the game. More courage, more focus in organizing the team and being solid as a team.

‘That does not mean that you have to stand and defend in your own field, it means that the team is compact, the team close to each other. I had a chance, I had to score. There are many details we need to do better.

Jose Mourinho continued to ruin Tottenham's missed opportunities in their home draw against Fulham

Jose Mourinho continued to ruin Tottenham’s missed opportunities in their home draw against Fulham

Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg questioned his side's mettle when they lost ground in the Premier League

Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg questioned his side's mettle when they lost ground in the Premier League

Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg questioned his side’s mettle when they lost ground in the Premier League

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

‘There is still a long way to go. We are still very ambitious. We are still very solid and very hungry as a team. We go on. ‘

Mourinho added: ‘Three or four big chances in the first half to have a different result and the biggest chance of the second half to kill the game and go 2-0, but again we got a goal against that completely avoidable.

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

‘It costs points and it often happens in the last part of the game.

There are things that are individual – individual qualities and individual faults. Basically I can’t say much more than that. ‘

A late equalizer by Ivan Cavaleiro earned Fulham a draw at White Hart Lane on Wednesday

A late equalizer by Ivan Cavaleiro earned Fulham a draw at White Hart Lane on Wednesday

A late equalizer by Ivan Cavaleiro earned Fulham a draw at White Hart Lane on Wednesday

Mourinho was not surprised to see Scott Parker field a strong Fulham team, despite not receiving confirmation of this match until 9:30 on Monday. Aleksandar Mitrovic was the only notable absentee.

Tottenham should have played in Aston Villa, but Villa has a Covid outbreak and the Premier League rescheduled the match against Fulham, which was postponed last month when Parker’s team was knocked down by the virus.

“I really believe and I 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 reasons we didn’t play the game were at the right time.

The reason they didn’t want to play tonight is another question. But in the football world 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 wasn’t a Covid situation, it’s a minor injury. ‘

Mourinho claimed on the eve of the game that Fulham should apologize for jeopardizing the completion of the Premier League if they put up a strong team after complaining about the game.

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

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