Jose Mourinho has conceded his Tottenham team have ‘limitations’ after watching them play out a goalless draw at Watford.

There were positive for Spurs, who kept their first clean sheet away from home in the Premier League for over a year.

But in the absence of injured talisman Harry Kane they just couldn’t find the net, despite naming possibly the most attacking line-up he could.

January signing Gedson Fernandes came on in the second-half for Spurs but could not help them to a win at Watford

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January signing Gedson Fernandes came on in the second-half for Spurs but could not help them to a win at Watford

There was not a defensive midfielder in sight as Heung-min Son, Lucas Leiva, Erik Lamela played as a front-three with Dele Alli, Giovani Lo Celso and Harry Winks behind them.

And the north Londoners looked bright in the early stages of the match, with neat one-touch passing often leaving Watford’s players baffled, while they also showed tenacity to win back the ball any manager would love.

But without a recognised frontman to spearhead their attack they struggled to turn any of their pressure into true, clear-cut scoring chances, landing just five of their 17 shots on target.

Tottenham rode their luck as Paulo Gazzaniga saved Troy Deeney’s penalty as Watford turned up the pressure, but then Spurs came to within inches of a winning goal as Moura’s late effort adjudged – correctly – not to have crossed by goal-line technology, and it ended 0-0.

Watford clear off the line to deny Spurs a winning goal at Vicarage Road

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Watford clear off the line to deny Spurs a winning goal at Vicarage Road

And Mourinho admitted after the game that his players could not not have done much more against Nigel Pearson’s stubborn side

“It was a good game, competitive,” said the boss.

“I think we dominated for long periods but it’s impossible to dominate against Watford for 90 minutes. They also had periods where with direct football they arrived in dangerous positions, they created lots of long balls and crosses which is always difficult.

“It was a good performance by my team with the limitations we know that we have.

“We try to hide them and try to use the great potential we have in other areas by playing with a super offensive team.

“We couldn’t play more offensive that how we did.

Harry Kane has been sidelined for at least four months after having surgery on a hamstring injury

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Harry Kane has been sidelined for at least four months after having surgery on a hamstring injury

“It was difficult to create more [chances], it’s so difficult to do better than how we did.

“We had our chances and we can speak about the last one which was obviously the correct decision by the goal-line technology… okay, goal-line technology is very honest, it’s 100 per cent accurate, so yes it was one millimetre but I respect goal-line technology”

Mourinho was asked if the fact he played so many attacking players in his team, and yet still couldn’t score, strengthened his hand in the negotiations he is having with the club over possible transfer this month.

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The manager would surely love a new frontman with Kane ruled out until April at least, but he only insisted he was happy with his current players’ efforts.

“I’m having lots of fun working with these guys,” added the boss.

“It’s with a smile that I see Lamela coming and it’s with a smile that I see Lo Celso coming, so we keep going.”

Listen to talkSPORT’s post-match interview with Jose Mourinho above

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