Another poor second half costs Tottenham dearly in 1-1 draw with Fulham

Tottenham endured another miserable second half to let a slim lead slip away, as Fulham leave north London with a share of the spoils.

The 1-1 draw was, in the end, a fair result.

Fulham started the match well, pushing the tempo for the first 15 minutes. But Spurs took over proceedings for the remainder of the first half, and were unlucky not to have a more comfortable lead going into the interval.

On an exquisitely formed move that resembled a play drawn up on the training ground, Harry Kane benefitted from a perfectly placed Sergio Reguilón cross. But Spurs, like numerous occasions this season, rewed their missed chances and inability to kill a match. Son Heung-Min, belying his usual clinical finishing, missed three glorious chances, one of which on a scuffed shot that hit the post in the latter stages of the second half.

Spurs were yet again bitterly disappointing in the second half, allowing third-from-bottom Fulham to dictate play. The visitors created a few chances and levelled the affair with 16 minutes to play. Spurs barely created a sniff in the final stages of the match. In the it was another tale of two halves.

While Jose Mourinho claims he asks his side to drive forward in an attempt to kill matches off, Spurs have shown an inability to do so, costing them dearly in the league table. Tottenham had enough chances to win the match, but also could have shown much more in the second half.

Something has to change in Spurs’ second half performances to challenge atop the Premier League. It’s up to Jose to find a way to get the job done. Sitting back and encouraging supposed lesser sides on is, as we’ve seen repeatedly, a recipe for disaster.