‘Same story since the beginning of the season’ – Mourinho on Spurs killing games

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Dom Le Roy

Tottenham Hotspur once again failed to kill the game after going 1-0 up against Fulham last night, with the Cottagers equalising in the 74th minute to earn a point.

This has been a reoccurring theme for the Lilywhites this season, with Mourinho’s men often cruising to a lead before failing to make it two.

The same happened against Newcastle, Crystal Palace, and Wolves as Tottenham conceded late 1-1 equalisers in all three matches.

Last night, Harry Kane put the hosts 1-0 up inside the first half-hour with a diving header from a Sergio Reguilon cross.

However, Kane was then guilty of missing another clear headed chance, while Heung-min Son missed a couple of good opportunities and scuffed one against the post.

It certainly didn’t help Spurs that Fulham shot-stopped Areola was in top form between the sticks, pulling off some incredible saves to deny the Lilywhites their second.

However, Mourinho claimed in his post-match press conference that Spurs have been suffering from the same problem all season, not killing off games and then conceding sloppy goals to drop points.

He said (Football London): “Look but I understand that 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 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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