Jose Mourinho reacts to Tottenham’s 3-1 win over Shkendija in the Europa League

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Jose Mourinho
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Tottenham Hotspur managed to do what they failed to muster against Lokomotiv Plovdiv when taking on Shkendija last night, score first.

The Lilywhites took the lead inside five minutes when Heung-min Son picked out Erik Lamela in acres of space, with the Argentine finishing coolly into the bottom corner.

Determined to complete the task in the hardest way possible, Spurs then invited pressure in the second half and were punished by a rocket into the top corner of their net.

The scores remained 1-1 as Spurs continued to huff and puff in the second 45, with Heung-min Son and Harry Kane eventually proving to be the difference.

The South Korea finished into an unguarded net when Lucas Moura’s shot rebounded before whipping in a delightful cross for Kane to head home.

After the match, Mourinho admitted that his team were not magnificent, but that they got the job done out in Macedonia.

He said (Football London): “We didn’t play magnificently but we did the job.

“In the first half we were 41 minutes without scoring and then we gave them space to play. In the second half, after our changes, and I like to see players come in and make an impact and the players who came on made a difference.

“We started very strongly and the thought was that we would kill the game but we didn’t. They gave us a difficult match and the fear we felt after the equaliser was fundamental to the team’s reaction and then it was difficult for them to contain our attacking waves.”

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