Jose Mourinho put the blame on his players as Tottenham dropped points again at Newcastle.
The Spurs boss was fuming as his side conceded a late equaliser to draw 2-2 at St James’ Park on Sunday.
Harry Kane’s double looked to have handed Spurs a sixth win at St James’ Park in seven visits when he struck twice inside four first-half minutes after Joelinton’s opener.
However, Steve Bruce’s beleaguered side turned in a gritty display which was rewarded when, seconds after Kane had hit the post, Arsenal loanee Joe Willock smashed home an 85th-minute equaliser to claim a point which could prove crucial in their fight for top-flight survival.
Conversely, it means West Ham United can leapfrog Tottenham with a win over Wolves on Monday evening and push the north London outfit down into sixth.
Tottenham’s inability to hold on to leads may well prove their undoing – they have squandered 11 points from goals conceded in the final 10 minutes this season.
Mourinho has renowned throughout his career for being a manager who has his teams well drilled defensively and able to see out matches.
When he was asked why it’s different at Tottenham, he pointedly replied: “Same coach, different players.”
Mourinho went on to say his grey hair was in part caused by his players.
“The point for me in this moment is to set up a team that can win but in the end a little bit of deja vu,” he said.
“I believe that many of these white hairs come with things I am not used to seeing in football matches in this level.”
He then added: “We work well, we work hard.
“But there are mistakes which I probably shouldn’t even call mistakes because they are related to qualities that players have.
“It was a bad result.
“I’m not being disrespectful to Newcastle, but I think that is a match to win, so the result is not a good one.
“If I analyse the performance, separate it from so many mistakes that lead to instability and instability leads to hope in the opposition, if I want to analyse it separate from that, I think we were good, I would say very good in some moments.
“But I cannot do it. The game belongs to every moment and I cannot separate the game from these moments of instability, and that’s the reason why we didn’t win the game.”