It seems as though Tottenham have played the same game multiple times this season, as the failure to extend their lead proves to be the downfall of the squad and in the closing of the 90 minutes that failure is punished. In this meeting, Kane’s first-half header was cancelled out by Ivan Cavaleiro’s in the second half, resulting in another disappointing draw which really should’ve been a win.
Spurs and Fulham have now had their first draw since December 2009, and between then and now Tottenham had won 10 out of 11 games against their London rivals. This is now Tottenham’s longest unbeaten run of London derbies (8) (W3 D5).
25 minutes into the game, a fantastic long-ball from Hojbjerg found Reguilon on the left flank who supplied an inch-perfect cross to Kane who headed home to open the scoring, the Englishman’s 11th league goal of the season. Shortly after, he missed an arguably easier chance from just 8 yards out from a Serge Aurier cross.
His attacking partner Heung-Min Son had more of a quiet game, kept out at close-range by Alphonse Areola on the stroke of half-time as well as hitting the post with 20 minutes left, and just a couple minutes later the equaliser came.
Only Brighton (12) and Sheffield United (11) have dropped more points than Tottenham this season when in a winning position and Mourinho had his fair say after the match, saying proclaiming that the performance was “Not good enough, but good enough to win… Not good enough because we have to play better in a more consistent way”
Next for Jose’s side is Sheffield United at Bramall Lane and Chris Wilder’s side have just picked up their first league win of the season at home to Newcastle. It’s a given that the game is a must-win and after missing out on third-place after their 17th game of the season, Mourinho will leave no room for excuses on the weekend.
Player ratings: Lloris (6), Reguilon (7), Sanchez (5), Dier (6), Aurier (7), Sissoko (6), Winks (6), Hojbjerg (6), Ndombele (7), Son (5), Kane (7)