That’s according to former West Brom boss and centre-back Darren Moore, who believes Spurs should have done a lot better to keep out a Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s header that ended up deciding the clash following a disappointing display from Jose Mourinho‘s men.
Moore believes it was far too easy for Calvert-Lewin, and he believed Eric Dier must do a lot better if he hopes to keep his spot at centre-back, the England international deciding to switch from midfield ahead of this season.
“For a striker to be heading the ball, going in between your two centre-backs…me speaking as a former centre-back, I’d be very disappointed with that,” Moore said on Sky Sports.
“We spoke about Eric Dier, and if he wants to play at centre-back, those are the things, he has to make first contact at the ball.
“Calvert-Lewis gets up and attacks the ball when they are all waiting.
“He attacks it and jumps early, it’s a great header, but from Jose’s point of view, I imagine there will be words spoken about that because, from a defending point of view, it’s a basic elementary mistake by the two centre-backs.”
There were complains about the Everton goal because the free-kick that set Calvert-Lewin up for the goal was taken around six yards ahead of where it should have been.
Speaking about that, Moore added: “I think you are clutching at decisions. But it’s obviously six yards closer and it changes the angle, so it could make a difference.”
The defeat was Mourinho’s first opening day defeat in his managerial career, previously going 18 games without a loss.