Jose Mourinho claims that Tottenham ‘deserve more respect’ after a highly controversial late penalty saw Spurs denied all three points at home to Newcastle United.
The hosts had made a bright start to the game, Newcastle ‘keeper Karl Darlow twice denying Harry Kane to keep the score level, before the England captain continued his fine form as a creator, whipping a low delivery along the box for Brazilian Lucas Moura to slot home.
The home side continued to dominate proceedings as the first-half continued, Heung-Min Son striking the woodwork twice, while Eric Dier also should have added to his side’s lead having missed with a glorious headed chance from a corner.
Spurs dominance continued in the second period but Mourinho’s men were unable to score a second goal that would have killed the game against a Magpies outfit that for all their defensive resolve offered nothing in terms of an attacking threat.
However, the home side would be made to pay for not taking the game away from Steve Bruce’s side in stoppage time, Eric Dier harshly adjudged to have handled the ball in the area, after Andy Carroll had headed a free-kick against his arm from little more than a yard away. Summer signing Callum Wilson duly stepped up to fire the spot-kick past Hugo Lloris and seal an unexpected point for the north east outfit.
That decision comes after a weekend of highly debatable penalty calls involving handball – Crystal Palace defender Joel Ward another victim of this new, harsh implementation of the rule – yet Mourinho did not wish to comment on the equaliser, instead choosing to focus on his side’s ‘fantastic performance’ and the display of Newcastle stopper Darlow.
“Not for me to comment [on the handball]. Fantastic performance, deserve the points clearly but we lost two points,” Mourinho told BBC Sport.
“We were [fantastic] but Karl Darlow maybe deserves the man of the match unless you want to give it to someone who is not a player.
“I am very happy with my team and that is the most important thing for me and the most important feeling.
The aftermath of the awarding of the late penalty saw the former Manchester United boss storm down the tunnel, while Spurs’ goalkeeping coach Nuno Santos was also sent-off for his protests. Mourinho put that red card to some potential inexperience from his young coach, yet he also criticised what he perceives to be a lack of respect for the club in comparison to other members of the top six.
“(Goalkeeping coach) Nuno Santos [maybe said what I was feeling] but I am more experienced than him and I protected myself by going straight own the tunnel,” Mourinho said.
“I don’t want to speak about it. The only feeling I am ready to share is that I don’t feel Tottenham is respected according to to what the club is. No respect.
“It is my feeling. You know it is the third club I manager in the country, so happy so proud, so happy everyday, I would not change it for any other job in the world but I feel it, I feel we deserve more respect.”
Tottenham have little time to dwell on the loss of two points as they face Chelsea at home in the Carabao Cup on Tuesday, before a Europa League play-off clash with Maccabi Haifa on Thursday.