Jose Mourinho complimented the way in which his players managed the final fifteen minutes of their win over Brighton on Sunday after going 2-1 up.
Spurs struggled to impose themselves on the game with Graham Potter’s side being the dominant force for the majority of the affair.
Although there was some controversy regarding the Tariq Lamptey equaliser, the away side certainly deserved to be level on the balance of play.
Just as it looked as though Mourinho’s men could be held to another disappointing draw at home, Gareth Bale came off the bench and made an instant impact as he converted Sergio Reguilon’s excellent delivery with a header into the bottom corner.
Spurs fans would have been forgiven for expecting a nervy final 15 minutes given how the side have thrown leads away in previous home fixtures but Mourinho insisted that he was quite calm with the way in which Spurs controlled proceedings.
When asked whether he was anxious for the final whistle towards the end, he told Football.London: “You are always but I wasn’t much.
“Anything can happen in football. For example, these boys from Brighton lost a game to Manchester United when the game was over, so in football, anything can happen. Hugo didn’t make a save, the last 15 minutes we were very much in control, we kept the line up.
“When Burn was playing striker with Welbeck it was time to bring the line up, up, up and far from the dangerous crossing area. Harry and Gareth kept the ball away from our defensive area. You always fear a result, but the ball was never in a dangerous area for us.”
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Putting aside the final ten minutes against West Ham, which was very much a freak result, our game management has seen significant improvement. One of the hallmarks of Jose Mourinho sides is their ability to see out leads expertly and it looks like we are slowly but surely getting there.
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