Jose Mourinho struggled to elucidate the lack of a three-goal lead that noticed Tottenham held to a draw by West Ham on Sunday as he merely declared: “Soccer occurred”.
Spurs raced into their earliest three-goal lead since Derby County had been put to the sword inside 14 minutes in August 2007, Son Heung-min opening the scoring and Harry Kane netting twice with simply 16 minutes gone in north London.
And the hosts held onto that benefit up till the 82nd minute, when Fabian Balbuena headed in a set-piece to kickstart essentially the most unlikely of comebacks from David Moyes’ males.
It was shortly adopted by a Davinson Sanchez personal objective earlier than Manuel Lanzini netted in beautiful vogue within the fourth and ultimate minute of harm time to stage issues up.
Lanzini’s objective ensured West Ham grew to become the primary staff in Premier League historical past to keep away from defeat in a sport having trailed by three or extra targets as late because the 81st minute.
Requested in his post-match interview with Sky Sports activities to elucidate what had transpired, Mourinho replied: “Soccer
“In fact, I need to analyse the second half and I need to do it internally, however for you I favor simply to say that soccer occurred, and I favor to reward West Ham’s perception.
“It isn’t simple to be shedding 3-Zero and to be dominated, let’s say, as a result of we had the sport underneath management. It’s not simple to maintain the idea.
“I knew they had been utterly completely different staff this season than they had been final season, so I give them credit score.
“However, in fact, to concede three targets – and to lose a bonus of three targets – is an enormous punishment and, ultimately, deserved.”
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Tottenham had exercised full management over their London rivals within the first half however Mourinho revealed that he warned his gamers that the sport was removed from over on the break.
The Portuguese highlighted Tomas Soucek, who he termed the “new Fellaini” in tribute to his former Manchester United cost Marouane, as a specific menace for the Hammers.
He added: “I informed them to maintain the identical and pay attention to lots of set-pieces that we had towards us, corners and lateral free-kicks the place we knew they had been very robust. They’re a staff with enormous guys and really highly effective within the air.
“David present in Soucek his new Fellaini, he has a lot of aerial energy. In the long run they had been fortunate, however they fought very onerous to be fortunate. In the long run, I reward them.
“This was a sport that was within the pocket and we misplaced two factors.”
Gareth Bale made his first look for Spurs in seven years and 152 days when he got here off the bench late on.
However the Welshman’s failure to take a golden alternative for a fourth, decisive objective and an additional close to miss from Kane had been cited as key moments by Mourinho.
“We had Harry Kane to attain the fourth when he hit the submit, we had Gareth to kill the sport together with his motion additionally,” Mourinho mentioned.
“The sport was extra with the area they had been giving us, extra to the fourth objective than something. However that’s soccer and we had been punished.
“With [substitute Harry] Winks, the staff discovered stability once more, they had been answerable for the sport once more having misplaced it a little bit bit early within the second half. It was precisely after we had been in management that we conceded the primary objective, then after that, their perception went up and possibly my guys weren’t robust sufficient to deal with it psychologically.
“The clock was ticking – we knew that – and in the previous couple of seconds we misplaced two factors.”