Mourinho unhappy with defensive errors in draw with Norwich

Tottenham Hotspur's Serge Aurier (left) goes to retrieve the ball from manager Jose Mourinho during

Tottenham Hotspur's Serge Aurier (left) goes to retrieve the ball from manager Jose Mourinho during the Premier League match at Carrow Road, Norwich. Picture: Joe Giddens/PA - Credit: PA Wire/PA Images

Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho blamed defensive mistakes for the failure to beat Norwich City as his side picked up a 2-2 draw at Carrow Road.

Harry Kane equalised from the spot late on after Serge Aurier's own goal to rescue a point for Spurs.

Tottenham found themselves 1-0 down at half-time after Juan Foyth lost the ball in a dangerous area allowing Mario Vrancic to finish well and Mourinho believes his side must do better to cut out their errors.

"The performance with defensive mistakes, we have to accept the result," he said.

"The performance without defensive mistakes, not at all because we played so well when we had the ball.


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"We create from minute one until minute 90. We start the game creating chances, we finish the game creating chances.

"We start the game playing well then we had our December 28 gift. It's not Boxing Day but we had a gift on the 28th.

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"Second half we played even better than the first half. Really offensive, taking lots of risks, dominating the game, scoring the equaliser.

"Then with 30 minutes to win the game, gift number two.

"Then a normal team with a normal soul would lose the game but the boys played even better, more intense, more aggressive, pressing, recovering the ball, lots of quality going forwards.

"We scored the second goal and I think we could even score the third."

Mourinho opted for a five at the back system in the first half with Ryan Sessegnon and Serge Aurier operating as wing-backs.

But the Spurs boss decided to change his system at half-time, bringing on Davinson Sanchez and Lucas Moura in place of Jan Vertonghen and Foyth.

Explaining why he made the alterations, Mourinho added: "Because I was losing and because I want one more attacking player than we had.

"I knew that winning 1-0, they would just try to defend and keep Pukki up and then I thought Davinson Sanchez because he's our fastest defender could be the one to cope with the possible long balls to the space for Pukki.

"I knew at that moment that we would have all the creative players on the pitch with Kane and Alli."

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