Jose's verdict on Everton
Fri 16 April 2021, 23:10|Tottenham Hotspur
Jose Mourinho felt a point was fair after going toe-to-toe again with Everton at Goodison Park on Friday night.
Just over two months after a thrilling FA Cup tie went against us 5-4, both teams went at it again as it ended 2-2 in the Premier League.
Harry Kane fired us ahead on 27 minutes – his 20th league goal and 30th in all competitions this season – but the lead lasted only four minutes as Sergio Reguilon was judged to have fouled James Rodriguez and Gylfi Sigurdsson stroked home the penalty.
Everton completed the turnaround on 62 minutes as Sigurdsson swept home Seamus Coleman’s cross, but Kane was there again on 68, lashing home after Michael Keane and Mason Holgate failed to deal with Erik Lamela’s cross.
Harry was denied his hat-trick by the post and had another chance blocked as we created chances on the break while at the other end, Josh King was denied by Hugo Lloris and Richarlison blasted the rebound over. The teams shared 30 attempts at goal as it ended all-square – a downside seeing Harry limp off late on.
“The game was very tight,” reflected Jose. “The result is probably a good reflection of what the game was – very tight, lots of duels, big intensity, lots of fighting in midfield, dangerous attacking players for both sides, but normally well controlled by defensive systems. We could win, we could lose in the end – undeservedly – but probably the result is a fair result.
“The team is committed, the team wants to win, the game was not in a way where sometimes you can feel in football that it’s going to be really, really difficult to turn it around, we didn’t feel that at any moment.
“We scored for 2-2 and I truly believe the game was going in that direction. Certainly, we made a couple of mistakes, we lost the ball in a couple of dangerous positions and they got that transition that almost ended in a goal, but since that moment it looked like both sides were panicking a little, trying to win it, but not lose it, and that was my feeling in the last few minutes.”