Jose Mourinho bemoaned Tottenham’s incapacity to maintain clear sheets after twice having to return from behind to salvage a 2-2 draw at bottom-of-the-table Norwich.
Slack Spurs defending allowed Mario Vrancic to open the scoring and solely a VAR overview to harshly rule out Teemu Pukki’s purpose prevented Mourinho’s males trailing 2-0 at half-time.
Even as soon as the guests had regained a foothold within the recreation by way of Christian Eriksen’s free-kick, they shot themselves within the foot on the again as soon as extra as Serge Aurier’s calamitous personal purpose restored Norwich’s lead.
Harry Kane’s penalty eight minutes from time ensured Spurs didn’t droop to a 3rd defeat in seven video games, however they didn’t take the prospect to leapfrog Chelsea into the highest 4.
The space of the sphere with work to do for Mourinho stays apparent and his facet have stored only one clear sheet in 10 video games since he took over.
Tottenham’s season is being chronicled as an Amazon documentary and Mourinho believes the main target of that present must be on his facet’s defending.
“I think if Amazon wants to do episodes, they will have for sure one episode about our defensive mistakes and the goals that we concede,” he instructed Sky Sports.
“We conceded two very bad goals, the first and the one that was offside but two very bad goals.
“Second half I think we were very, very good with the ball; we create, dominate with play but again the goal (conceded) is a very bad one.
“To score two goals away from home, you have to win. You cannot concede as many goals as we do, but our defensive mistakes are match after match.”
Tottenham might have been out of sight inside the primary quarter-hour as Dele Alli fired wastefully over earlier than Kane was denied by a advantageous save from Tim Krul when one-on-one.
At the opposite finish, Vrancic couldn’t consider his luck as Toby Alderweireld stood off and allowed him to shut in on purpose earlier than firing low previous Paulo Gazzaniga to open the scoring 18 minutes in.
Only VAR prevented Tottenham falling additional behind earlier than the break as Jan Vertonghen allowed Pukki to regulate Vrancic’s ball excessive and the Finn completed clinically.
However, Pukki’s pleasure was short-lived as he was harshly adjudged to be offside after a VAR overview.
“The disallowed goal was tough to take,” mentioned Norwich supervisor Daniel Farke. “It’s not in the sense of the game.”
Mourinho confirmed his displeasure with Spurs’ first 45 minutes by making two half-time substitutions and altering his system as Lucas Moura and Davinson Sanchez changed Juan Foyth and Vertonghen.
The Portuguese acquired the upturn in efficiency he desired because the guests have been degree 10 minutes into the second half after Jamal Lewis dealt with on the sting of his personal space to forestall Kane a transparent sight of purpose.
Eriksen has been a peripheral determine each beneath Mourinho and Mauricio Pochettino earlier within the season attributable to his contractual standoff with the membership that can most definitely see the Dane go away on a free switch in the summertime.
But he produced a well timed reminder of his high quality by curling the ensuing free-kick into the highest nook.
Moments later, the ball was within the Norwich internet once more however this time the offside flag went within the hosts’ favour as Alli’s elegant end was dominated out.
Just as Tottenham appeared to have taken management, the tide turned once more within the different course as Norwich retook the lead in comical vogue.
Aurier turned the ball into his personal internet after the ball ricocheted into his path from Alderweireld’s sort out on Pukki.
Spurs laid seige in the direction of the Norwich purpose within the remaining quarter and never for the primary time this season Farke’s males have been unable to see the sport out.
Kane was worn out by Zimmermann as he minimize inside and the England captain picked himself as much as dispatch the ensuing penalty.