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Maybe we deserved to lose points, says Mourinho after shocking Lanzini equaliser at the death

PREMIER LEAGUE By Waweru Titus | October 19th 2020
Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho. [Photo: Courtesy]

Tottenham Hotspur boss Jose Mourinho has reacted after West Ham’s Manuel Lanzini's equaliser at the death “robbed” him two crucial points in a thrilling London derby on Sunday.

Mourinho's men were in complete control in the first half and most of the second with sublime goals from Son Heung-min and a sensational Harry Kane brace.

However, Fabian Balbuena's header in the 82nd minute and a Davinson Sanchez own goal (85th minute) set up a nervy finish.

Lanzini's thunderbolt in the 94th minute secured a glorious point for the visitors, putting a huge dampener on Gareth Bale's Spurs return after seven years.

Mourinho said that luck played a big role in Sunday's clash at the empty Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, as Kane and Bale had clear chances to kill the game.

"Giving credit to West Ham and try not to analyse our responsibilities on this result. It is easy for me to praise West Ham. They were losing 3-0 for the majority of the game. The game was controlled, they didn't have chances and then late in the game, they score and increased their belief.

 “They were lucky but maybe they deserved that luck. We were unlucky but maybe we deserved that.

"Harry Kane hit the post. It could be 4-0. Bale can score the fourth and kill it. Out of context, based on free-kicks and second balls, they found a style,” Mourinho told BBC Sport.

Football - Premier League - Tottenham Hotspur v West Ham United - Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, London, Britain - October 18, 2020, Tottenham Hotspur's Hugo Lloris and Harry Kane look dejected after West Ham United's Manuel Lanzini scored their third goal. [Photo: REUTERS/Matt Dunham]

The former Manchester United tactician urged his players to take Sunday’s game as a key lesson as the 2020/21 season pans out.

"We should be stronger. In the second half, they risked quite a lot, pressing up and gave us more space. We should get an occasion to win the game.

"I don't know if it was us inviting them or with them with the extra motivation of getting in the game. I cant identify us or them, maybe both.

“A lesson for players? "For the team, yes. For individuals, no,” Mourinho concluded.

West Ham manager David Moyes told BBC Sport: "I hadn't thought we played badly in the first half, that's what I said at half time, sometimes you feel you have to do something - we didn't, we made changes later on and they certainly made a big difference.

"The plan was not to go 4-0 down, we said if we got one we would see what happened. It is a growing confidence we have at West Ham at the moment, we missed some chances today.

Scenes during the thrilling London derby on Sunday. [Photo: REUTERS/Matt Dunham]

"A really good performance from the players got us back into it. We thought we played really well, the football was good, we threatened them. We are playing against a team everyone is talking about and after 10 minutes I was thinking is this going to be six or seven, we changed and it made us better.

"Since we came back from lockdown we've been a completely different team. We keep scoring goals, but need to get back to clean sheets."

Tottenham will need to recover quickly from Sunday’s setback as they kick off their UEFA Europa League group-stage campaign against LASK on Thursday.

West Ham head into a huge clash with Manchester City next weekend.

Facts according to Opta Data:

1. Tottenham Hotspur had won each of their previous 87 Premier League matches when leading by at least three goals, last dropping points from this position in a 3-5 defeat against Man Utd in September 2001.

2. Aaron Cresswell has provided 21 Premier League assists for West Ham, only Trevor Sinclair (25), Paolo Di Canio (31) and Mark Noble (35) have registered more for the club.

3. Son Heung-min and Harry Kane have combined for 28 Premier League goals, the fourth-most of any duo in Premier League history and the most of any current duo.

4. Since Jose Mourinho took charge of Spurs in November 2019, Harry Kane (33) and Son Heung-Min (30) have had a direct hand in more goals in all competitions than any other Premier League players.

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