Mourinho fires claim that ‘every penalty that Krul saved should have been repeated’

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Tottenham Hotspur were knocked out of the FA Cup on Wednesday night as relegation-battling Norwich City visited the new stadium in North London.

Spurs dominated proceedings but could only find the back of the net once in normal time via a thumping Jan Vertonghen header.

Despite creating numerous chances and enjoying the majority of possession, Spurs simply could not find a way through to put the game to bed.

Norwich then bit back after a howler from Michel Vorm as the Dutchman flapped a fierce shot straight back out into the penalty area for a tap in.

The game eventually went to a penalty shootout after it finished 1-1 after extra time, with Norwich coming out on top.

Troy Parrott and Gedson Fernandes both saw their penalties saved by Tim Krul, while Erik Lamela crashed his against the crossbar.

However, Mourinho has now claimed that both of Krul’s saves should have been repeated due to the keeper coming off his line.

He said (Football London): “I think the atmosphere on Wednesday was fantastic. It was an example of what football has to be and should be. 9,000 away fans that normally in Championship away matches they don’t have as many minutes. Fantastic.

“I think independent of their happiness at the result they came to enjoy and it was great. Great respect from the Tottenham fans to them. I don’t know one single incident that happened.

“Tottenham fans supporting the team from minute one until the last penalty we missed. Fantastic support from our fans. I didn’t see any negativity.

“If somebody had a little incident, in the end, I prefer to focus on the beautiful things in the game and to praise fans from both clubs for such fantastic support.

“Wednesday night, cold rainy night but a huge completely full stadium, great atmosphere, big fight but no incidents between players. Two or three yellow cards by normal actions. Great relations between the two benches. We have a fantastic relationship between the staffs. Good referees and the only thing apart from that incident I didn’t like was that in the penalty shoot-out, the assistant on the line and the VAR they were sleeping.

“They were sleeping because if they were not then every penalty that Krul saved should be repeated. So they were a bit tired, it was too late and they were sleeping.”

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