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FULHAM DRAW 'We have to kill a game' - Jose Mourinho points a finger at his players as Spurs drop points

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Tottenham players celebrate after Harry Kane’s goal against Fulham (Shaun Botterill/PA)

Tottenham players celebrate after Harry Kane’s goal against Fulham (Shaun Botterill/PA)

Tottenham players celebrate after Harry Kane’s goal against Fulham (Shaun Botterill/PA)

Tottenham manager Jose Mourinho suggested his side only had themselves to blame for dropping two more points in a 1-1 draw against Fulham.

After Spurs' game with Aston Villa was postponed, the Premier League quickly rearranged this match with the Cottagers, which was originally due to be played on December 30, and Scott Parker described the decision as "scandalous".

It looked like his grievances had foundation as Spurs dominated the first half and led through Harry Kane’s first-half header, before a spirited second-half showing from Fulham was rewarded with an Ivan Cavaleiro leveller 16 minutes from time, earning their fifth successive draw as Parker looks to have found a style that could keep his side up.

For Tottenham this was the same old story – a game of early domination, missed chances and ultimately dropped points, leaving Mourinho to vent his annoyance.

"We have to kill a game and we didn't," admitted the Spurs boss. "You have to keep a clean sheet, not make mistakes, so it was a very avoidable goal. The markers are there, there wasn't even an advantage in terms of numbers.

"They were intelligent enough to understand the way they play, they change, they become more defensive and they are getting results. I thought they were a bit lucky but they were good.

"We have bad results and we should - and we could have - avoided these results.

"Once more we concede a goal that is completely avoidable. I have to admit in the second half they played more. They were losing and tried but Hugo Lloris did not make a save but we did not kill the game. Again we lose the man in the corner.

"We have lots of opportunities to kill off matches. In other cases especially away we are winning but then don't have that ambition to get the goal and kill the game.

"There are things that are individual. There are things that are individual qualities and individual mistakes. I cannot say much more than that."

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Fulham players celebrating with Ivan Cavaleiro, second left, after his goal (Glyn Kirk/PA)

Fulham players celebrating with Ivan Cavaleiro, second left, after his goal (Glyn Kirk/PA)

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Fulham players celebrating with Ivan Cavaleiro, second left, after his goal (Glyn Kirk/PA)

Tottenham were mentioned as title challengers a few weeks ago, but they have lost all momentum after a defeat at Liverpool and midfielder Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg admitted this was another big setback.

"Very disappointing," he said. "I think we have to do better in a couple aspects of the game. It is difficult to speak right now because of the emotions but more bravery and more focus. Executing the chances - I had a chance and had to score. Many details we have to remember.

"I am happy that there is a game in three days again so we can show a reaction and show that we are better than this but I don't want to speak too much. We are still very hungry as a team and we will keep going."

Fulham boss Scott Parker had a very different view of the game, as he suggested his side turned in an heroic performance as they try to bounce back from the Covid outbreak at the club.

"I thought we were outstanding tonight from start to finish, everything about us," he said.

"Also, with what’s happened, there’s been a lot of talk but I don’t think anyone really knows what we have been through recently, to prepare like we did and then play like we did, I am so proud of the players under the circumstances, and proud of the quality we showed.

"The way the second half was going, I felt the goal was coming. Even after that we had some big chances. I thought we were superb and I am very, very pleased.

"We showed our identity and put our stamnp on the game and that’s what pleases me the most."

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