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Tottenham returned from the international break with a disappointing draw at Premier League strugglers Newcastle United.
Joelinton handed the Magpies the lead 28 minutes in after the hosts capitalised on an error as Spurs tried to play out from the back.
But within 30 seconds Spurs were level when Harry Kane took advantage of a fortunate deflection to convert Giovanni Lo Celso’s cross before smashing in Tanguy Ndombele’s pass to give Spurs the lead.
Though the visitors had chances to seal the three points, Newcastle were on top in the second-half, with Joe Willock scoring a deserved equaliser five minutes from time.
Here, Daily Star Sport looks at the two things Jose Mourinho got wrong and one thing he got right as Spurs were held…
Keeping faith in Villa winners
Mourinho opted not to make any changes to his starting from that which defeated Aston Villa before the international break.
That meant that Carlos Vinicius, Japhet Tanganga and Joe Rodon all kept their places in the Spurs side, with Heung-Min Son, Toby Alderweireld and Serge Aurier all not included.
Though Mourinho put his faith in a winning starting XI, they looked shaky at the back throughout the match at St James Park, while Vinicius failed to have much of an impact.
Though Spurs headed into half-time with the lead, Newcastle started the second-half better than Mourinho's men.
With his attackers failing to trouble the Newcastle goal and his midfield being overrun at times, the Spurs boss opted to send on Erik Lamela in place of the anonymous Lucas Moura.
The decision to go more attacking failed to work, though Spurs had chances to score a third, they continued to look vulnerable at the back.
That eventually led to Joe Willock firing in the equaliser with just five minutes remaining.
Taking his time with Son
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Son had missed Spurs’ last two games with a hamstring injury, but was fit enough to return to the matchday squad for the trip to Newcastle.
Though many would have expected Mourinho to start Son, the South Korean was instead selected on the bench.
With matches against top four rivals Manchester United and Everton coming up for Spurs, easing Son back in with a 45-minute cameo against Steve Bruce’s strugglers was undoubtedly the right decision.
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