Tottenham Hotspur manager Jose Mourinho was left a frustrated man after a 1-0 home loss to Everton on their season opener.
Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s header 10 minutes into the second half was the difference between the two sides, even though Jordan Pickford’s outstanding performance stood out.
The Portuguese, who handed debuts to Doherty and Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, added that the game totally changed after the Toffees took the lead.
“There were decisive moments,” he said. “Dele’s shot in the first half, Doherty’s shot, great saves. Of course, the goal was the top moment of the game.
“We had great opportunities and in spite of a very difficult game, we were there, and clearly in some moments better than them. Pickford made a difference. Hugo sometimes makes it for us. That’s for the goalkeepers to do that.
“After the goal there is a different game, a game of a team that is confident, that is winning and a team like we were, with a little bit of belief and a little bit of solutions.”
The former Chelsea and Man United boss then summed up the team’s performance.
“It wasn’t a very good performance, not a consistent performance, not a performance that leaves me a very good feeling that all of my players gave everything, that all my players were in the right frame of mind, that all of my players were there really to leave what you have and what you don’t have. I don’t go home with that feeling. I go home with the feeling that some of the boys could do more.”
Mourinho also explained the decision to take off Dele Alli at half-time, throwing Moussa Sissoko in his place.
“They were playing with only one player in front of the defenders. Gomes and Doucoure were pressing higher on Winks and Hojbjerg. Lots of space, very easy to play around for Allan in this area there.
“I felt we needed more creation there. Lucas was one of the players who for me was physically better because he was one of the guys who had a very good pre-season,”
Spurs next face Southampton away, knowing it will be a chance to bounce back from their opening heartache.