Premier League: Jose Mourinho frustrated as Tottenham miss chance to enter top 4 after 2-2 draw vs Newcastle

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Tottenham Hotspur failed to pick up 3 full points on Sunday in their Premier League outing away from home at Newcastle United after conceding a late equaliser. The Spurs were held to a 2-2 draw despite a Harry Kane double in a crunch league game at St. James Park.

The result leaves Spurs in fifth with 49 points, two points behind fourth-placed Chelsea, but West Ham United can go above both of their London rivals into the Champions League spots if they beat Wolverhampton Wanderers away on Monday.

It also marked the sixth time Spurs have failed to win a league game this season when they were leading at halftime.

Harry Kane gave Tottenham the lead with two goals in four minutes in the first half after Joelinton's opener for Newcastle before Arsenal loanee Willock struck to earn a point.

Jose Mourinho rued the lack of defensive discipline as the Spurs conceded late in the second half to walk away with just 1 point from the game.

"The Premier League is hard and is high-level football. And when in some actions you don't show that you belong to that high level of football, it's difficult," Mourinho said, as quoted by the BBC.

"We made... defensive mistakes that lead to instability. In the first half we were always in control, even in the second half when we had the ball we didn't have any problems. We could have scored a couple more.

"Instability brings hope to our opponent and our opponent didn't give up. I had the same feeling and I'm on the bench. It's difficult to have the feeling of absolute control because I know that what happened can happen."

'We gave the chance to our opponents'

The Portuguese manager was also concerned with how Spurs were unable to handle Newcastle's constant pressure after scoring twice.

"You cannot score three, four, five goals every match. You come away from home and score two goals... we cannot ask for lots of goals every match, many times it's not possible," Mourinho added.

"It's not just about the defensive mistakes that lead to goals, we have situations where we have the ball and I know already the ball is going to end with (goalkeeper) Hugo Lloris.

"That's the way we sometimes create instability to ourselves. We gave the chance to the opponents to push up."

Fulham's Premier League survival hopes take a hit

Fulham's Premier League survival hopes suffered a massive blow as they conceded three times in the space of nine second-half minutes to crash to a 3-1 defeat at Aston Villa on Sunday.

Scott Parker's Fulham side looked poised to clamber out of the bottom three when Aleksandar Mitrovic gave them the lead just past the hour mark after a Tyrone Mings mistake. But everything went wrong for the Londoners as substitute Trezeguet's double turned the game on its head.