Jose Mourinho admitted he was ‘frustrated’ with his Tottenham team after they succumbed to a 2-2 draw with struggling Newcastle.
Arsenal loanee Joe Willock came off the bench to hand the Magpies a Premier League lifeline as they fought back to snatch a draw with the visitors.
Harry Kane’s double looked to have handed Spurs a sixth win at St James’ Park in seven visits when he struck twice inside four first-half minutes after Joelinton’s opener with his 28th and 29th goals of the season.
However, Steve Bruce’s beleaguered side turned in a gritty display which was rewarded when, seconds after Kane had hit the post, Arsenal loanee Willock smashed home an 85th-minute equaliser to claim a 2-2 draw and a point which could prove crucial in the fight for top-flight survival.
Conversely, it means West Ham United can leapfrog Tottenham with a win over Newcastle on Monday evening and push the north London outfit down into sixth.
With eight games remaining before the end of the season and the race for the Champions League still very much alive, Mourinho is all too aware how important picking up points is before the end of the season.
“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.”
When it was then put to Mourinho that his sides in the past have usually been good at holding on to leads, he replied: “Same coach, different players.”
He then added: “We work well, we work hard.
“But there are mistakes which I probably shouldn’t even call mistakes because they are related to qualities that players have.
“Looking at the second goal, it’s easy to understand because there’s three different moments – the cross, the ball at the far post where they won it, and then the ball in the face of the goal where our two centre-backs were in position. You can analyse it easily.”