Painfully predictable Spurs result raises more questions over Mourinho

Joe Willock’s close-range strike five minutes from time was the eighth goal Spurs have conceded after the 80th-minute in the top flight this season – a grim total of 15 dropped points.

It was a painfully predictable and familiar end to an abject Spurs display, almost single-handedly made credible by Harry Kane, who scored a quick-fire double but was ultimately unable to drag Jose Mourinho’s side to three points.

For beleaguered Newcastle, a draw was the least they deserved after finishing with 22 shots, including a whopping 17 inside the penalty area.

Those numbers reflected the awfulness of Tottenham’s defending and the sloppiness of their play.

After defeats for Chelsea and Leicester on Saturday, a win against Steve Bruce’s struggling side – who were without Callum Wilson and Allan Saint-Maximin from the start – would have moved Spurs into the top four, but their performance will only raise more doubts about Jose Mourinho’s tactics and the quality of his squad.

Kane had put the visitors in control immediately after Joelinton capitalised on horrendous defending to give the Toon a 28th-minute lead, but the second half followed a familiar pattern of Mourinho’s side seemingly attempting to defend their way to victory rather than try to score more goals.

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Naturally, the approach did not work, just as it has not done since autumn, and Spurs were left to rue a great opportunity missed as they prepare for a daunting visit of Manchester United next weekend.

Following a fortnight where Kane’s future has been the subject of more troubling but tedious speculation, this was a reminder – as if it was needed – of his importance to Spurs.

In an uninspired and incoherent Tottenham display, regularly punctuated by sloppy mistakes, Kane was a shining light, scoring twice to drag the visitors a point.

His first goal involved an element of fortune as a ricochet off goalkeeper Martin Dubravka left him with a simple finish into an open net but his second was a superb, trademark strike.

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