Some Tottenham fans on social media are reasonably pleased with the way Spurs approached the FA Cup fifth round tie against Everton yesterday, despite falling to a 5-4 loss.
The away side started the game on the front foot and were not shy of committing bodies in attack right from kick-off.
Tottenham went in-front early on and spurned several chances to extend their lead.
While Mourinho’s men produced some neat interplay in attacking areas, all of their hard work was undone time and again by individual errors at the back.
Davinson Sanchez was at fault for a couple of the home side’s goals after he failed to track players’ runs, while Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg also did not cover himself in glory, giving the ball way for Everton’s opener and later handing the home side a penalty.
Some Spurs fans on social media were extremely critical of the North Londoners’ defensive display and suggested that the team’s frailties at the back justified Mourinho’s hesitance in adopting an open and expansive approach.
On an unrelated note, it's these types of beautifully chaotic Spurs performances that made me first fall in love with the club. #COYS
— Andrew Gaffney (@GaffneyVLC) February 10, 2021
Honestly I’d rather play the way we did last night — either lose having a go or outscore the amount of mistakes at the back. Why protect defenders who are prone to errors? Make it clear what the problem in our team is so that when the summer arrives we know who needs replacing.
— Noz Ahmed (@NozAhmed) February 11, 2021
Don't even really care that Spurs lost. got soccered mostly, dele is back and played well, Bergwijn looked as good as he's looked in awhile, and shit happens. At least it was fun.
— Joel Wertheimer (@Wertwhile) February 10, 2021
Footballs been the winner 😬
— • ᴅᴀᴠɪᴅ ᴇʟʟɪs • (@fullback03) February 10, 2021
Even though Big conclusions shouldn't be drawn off the back of this game, as it was an extremely one off game.
The positives were the amount of chances that we were able to create.
The negative being the HUGE drop in quality once Tanguy went off.
— Harsh Mishra (@SimplyWink) February 10, 2021
Lots of 90’s/early 00’s about this side.
Some top class players and a lot of absolute dross.
— Jersey Spurs (@Jer5eySpurs) February 10, 2021
Don't think I've been this angry at a result in a really long time. VAR, the defence, Winks, Hugo all a shambles.
And now we're going to park the bus for the rest of the season 🤬
— SHARKY (@Belgian_Hotspur) February 10, 2021
Mourinho showed in one half of a game why the team is not capable of playing attacking football. That defence is so so bad, that they constantly need to be bailed out by other players. That entire backline needs changing if we want to win something
— Alok Badri (@alok_TTID) February 11, 2021
In general play tonight we were good, but we missed too many opportunities and we made crucial mistakes at the back. Don’t win many games of football like that.
— DAN (@YidVids) February 10, 2021
It was clear that after the West Ham game mourinho knew the defence wasn’t good enough to play open attacking football. People will criticise the style of play but the contain and counter style is the best style of play to get results until Spurs sign a whole new defence
— Josh Dobias (@DobiasJosh) February 10, 2021
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Everton’s first, fourth and fifth goal were certainly avoidable and came down to lapses in concentration at the back. However, I believe that the penalty award was extremely harsh and we should have scored more given the chances we created.
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