Tottenham will again have complaints with VAR after they were denied a clear penalty in a 0-0 draw at Bournemouth which does nothing for either side’s ambitions this season.
Spurs put in a below-par performance that hurts their Europa League hopes, whilst Bournemouth ended their losing streak but remain 3 points from safety in the fight for Premier League survival.
It took only four minutes for VAR to be called into action, and it ruled against awarding Spurs a penalty.
It looked like a clear foul when Harry Kane was pushed in the back by Josh King at a corner, but referee Paul Tierney was unmoved and Michael Oliver in the VAR room chose not to intervene having seen replays.
Spurs could have done with the tonic of an early lift as they went on to be outplayed by a Bournemouth side fighting for their lives.
The Cherries were sharper, slicker and hungrier and they forced their visitors into plenty of defending, though did not threaten Hugo Lloris’ goal.
Spurs were utterly toothless going forward, seemingly camped inside their own half in the opening 45 minutes.
It forced Mourinho into two changes at half-time, with Tanguy Ndombele brought back from exile, coming on for just the second time since the restart, along with Son Heung-min.
The game was subject to a lengthy hold-up early in the second half as Smith was knocked out after an aerial challenge with Ben Davies. He needed eight minutes of treatment and left the field on a stretcher with an oxygen mask on.
Spurs’ changes helped them become more of a threat, though they did not create much by way of clear-cut chances as they lacked quality in key areas.
Erik Lamela’s glanced header that drifted wide was their only moment of promise, despite getting into good attacking positions.
Despite Tottenham’s grievances with VAR earlier in the game, it came to their rescue in the 90th minute.
Callum Wilson’s overhead kick found the bottom corner, but it hit Josh King’s hand on the way in and the goal was ruled out.
Lloris was the next person to spare Spurs in the fifth minute of 12 added on as the France goalkeeper raced out to block Harry Wilson’s effort after the Bournemouth forward found space at the far post.
Final score: AFC Bournemouth 0-0 Tottenham Hotspur