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Spurs manager Mourinho: 'We create instability with our mistakes.'

  • FT: Newcastle 2-2 Tottenham.

  • Joe Willock has enhanced his ratings with Arsenal fans after stopping Spurs from sealing a win at Newcastle.

  • The midfielder, on loan from the Gunners, came off the bench to score against Tottenham.

Spurs boss Mourinho disappointed with Newcastle result [Getty]
Spurs boss Mourinho disappointed with Newcastle result [Getty]

Jose Mourinho admitted he was unhappy with how Tottenham threw three points away at Newcastle.

The Lilywhites were edging towards a 2-1 victory over Steve Bruce's Magpies before on-loan Arsenal midfielder Joe Willock snatched a point with a close-range strike.

Joelinton broke the deadlock for Newcastle in the 28th minute, but Harry Kane responded immediately with a double [30th and 34th minute].

It was up until late in the game when Spurs were on the verge of picking up the three points that substitute Willcock surprised the north London club.

And after the game, Mourinho could not help but criticise his side's all-round display.

"I am frustrated," the Portuguese told BBC Radio Five Live after the match.

"We needed to win the match, and we came to win.

“We were not far from winning it but, at the same time, we created some instability on the game with so many individual defensive mistakes that we made.

“We always gave Newcastle a chance to be in the game. Of course, we had the biggest chance of the game to make it 3-1 and kill it, then we concede a game the next minute.

“There are mistakes which I probably shouldn't even call mistakes because they are related to qualities that players have.”

While speaking to the BBC, he asserted: "The Premier League is hard and is high-level football, and when in some actions you don't show that you belong to that high level of football, it's difficult.

"We made mistakes. We made defensive mistakes that lead to instability. In the first half we were always in control, even in the second half when we had the ball we didn't have any problems.

"We could have scored a couple more, but in defensive situations we create instability with our mistakes - and instability brings hope to our opponent, and our opponent didn't give up. I had the same feeling and I'm on the bench. It's difficult to have the feeling of absolute control because I know that what happened can happen.

"You cannot score three, four, five goals every match. You come away from home and score two goals... we cannot ask for lots of goals every match, many times it's not possible.

"It's not just about the defensive mistakes that lead to goals, we have situations where we have the ball and I know already the ball is going to end with Hugo Lloris. That's the way we sometimes create instability to ourselves. We gave the chance to the opportunity to push up."

Spurs' Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg reflected: "We had it in our hands. We should win the game as well, so definitely not satisfied. The Premier League is too good and too fast to do one inch less.

"I thought we had the chances and were dominating a big part of the game. We had some good, well-played chances and counter-attacks. I don't really understand how or why we let it go.

"I'm annoyed that we don't kill the game and don't see it out."

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