Jose Mourinho reacts as Tottenham throw away 3-0 lead in late drama vs West Ham
Jose Mourinho says Tottenham were "punished" for taking their foot off the gas in their match with West Ham which saw them surrender a 3-0 lead.
The game looked out of sight at half-time after Son Heung-min's first-minute opener was followed up by a Harry Kane brace to put Spurs well in command.
But they failed to add to their tally in the second half and West Ham never gave up.
Fabian Balbuena's header and a Davinson Sanchez own goal in the last 10 minutes gave them a lifeline, before Manuel Lanzini struck a stunning equaliser in injury-time.
Speaking after the match, Mourinho told beIN Sports: "They deserve the credit, but for us it's a 3-0 defeat in the second half.
"So that means in the second half we were not as good in the first half and we were punished for that.
"We had a 4-0 [chance] by Harry Kane hitting the post, a 4-2 with Gareth [Bale]. We all thought the game was controlled, but it wasn't.
"One free-kick brought them to the game then the goal is an amazing goal but completely out of the context.
"Once more, I want to analyse the game, internally, but for you I prefer to praise West Ham."
It was a comeback of miracle proportions from West Ham, who looked to be in for a long afternoon after just 40 seconds.
Kane's long ball over the top found Son, who cut inside and curled a shot low into the far corner to break the deadlock.
Shortly after Spurs doubled their advantage, as Kane nutmegged Declan Rice before shooting through the legs of another Hammers defender to score.
West Ham barely had time to breathe when they went 3-0 down after just 16 minutes, with Kane leaping to head home Sergio Reguilon's cross.
The visitors managed to stem the tide but their evening looked to be getting harder as Spurs handed Bale his first appearance back at the club as a substitute.
Balbuena started the revival though, heading home after 82 minutes beore Sanchez turned into his own net three minutes later.
Bale then missed a glaring chance after jinking through the Hammers' defence before firing wide.
Asked about the Welshman's performance, Mourinho said: "Before the game you want to speak about Gareth and after the game you want to speak about Gareth.
"But in the end it's about Tottenham-West Ham and that's more important."
And what was important was the result, as just as Spurs looked to be heading for three points, Lanzini came up with a piece of magic to find the top corner from 30 yards and rescue a marvellous point for West Ham.
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