Tottenham Hotspur legend and BBC Sport pundit Garth Crooks has hit out at Jose Mourinho for failing to close the game out as Spurs were pegged back to a 3-3 draw by West Ham late on in Sunday’s Premier League clash.
Mourinho’s charges hosted their London rivals at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium and looked to be cruising to victory as Son Heung-min opened the scoring in the first minute and Harry Kane netted in the eighth and 16th minutes.
Spurs maintained their three-goal lead going into the latter stages of the match but Fabian Balbuena’s 82nd-minute header began West Ham’s fightback before Davinson Sanchez’s own goal put the visitors within reach of a result.
Then came the dramatic equaliser, a superb long-range effort by Manuel Lanzini deep into stoppage time for a share of the spoils.
Crooks named Harry Kane in his Premier League Team of the Week for his brace but his write-up on the player largely focused on Mourinho.
“Well, this game should have been put to bed. Harry Kane’s two goals and his assist for Son Heung-min was more than enough to put the game out of sight for West Ham,” Crooks wrote on BBC Sport.
“What’s more, I thought Spurs boss Jose Mourinho developed a name for closing games out. What’s happened to the man who used to scold his players for crossing balls into the box in the final minutes of a game instead of wasting time and holding the ball up in the corners?
“Can that taxi driver ask him that question the next time he does one of those TV adverts looking so pleased with himself and telling us how special he is?”
Spurs’ defence came in for criticism numerous times last season and, although there have been improvements, some of those questions around the back line haven’t yet gone away.
While the equalising goal was a moment of magic, the first for the Hammers was a set piece, while the second saw Lucas Moura – just on as a substitute – lose his man.
Plenty of work to still do from Mourinho and his charges ahead of Thursday’s Europa League group game with LASK.