LIVERPOOL, England (Reuters) – Jose Mourinho must be scratching his head at how to fix the problem that is Tottenham Hotspur after his side bowed out of the FA Cup in a nine-goal thriller at Everton on Wednesday.

The trophy-laden Portuguese manager has actually watched his side rating with desert at times this season and at other times bore the fans to sleep with some lukewarm displays.

They got 5 away at Southampton and six at Manchester United early in the Premier League project, then played out a 3-3 draw with West Ham United having actually led 3-0.

Considering that beating Manchester City with a counter-attacking masterclass in November, a result that sent Totteham top of the league, the enjoyable has stopped.

Mourinho’s pragmatic nature concerned the surface and his side have actually been tough to see. Last Thursday’s disappointing 1-0 house defeat by Chelsea, which had fans raging on social networks, was possibly the low point of Mourinho’s 15 months in charge.

It prompted a modification of focus and against West Bromwich Albion at the weekend attacking risks Erik Lamela and Lucas Moura were both restored to the first team as Tottenham ended a three-game losing run in the league with a remarkable display.

While Harry Kane began on the bench against Everton, Mourinho once again sent out a team to attack and they responded.

Davinson Sanchez scored two times, Lamela was also on target and Kane came off the bench to make it 4-4 and send the tie into extra time just for Bernard to win it for Everton.

For the neutral the highest scoring FA Cup tie between 2 top-flight teams since 1961 was fantastic midweek watching.

But Tottenham’s defending was appalling sometimes– they conceded three objectives in seven minutes before halftime– and Mourinho will surely need to go back to his safety-first mode for Saturday’s trip to a rampant Manchester City.

” When you score four objectives, you have to win. The method we played, we ought to win comfortably,” Mourinho said.

” Attacking football just wins matches when you do not make more defensive mistakes than what you create.

” We were brave, we produce, we were the finest team while winning 1-0. But in 5 minutes it was pom-pom-pom, mistake-mistake-mistake, goal-goal-goal. You fight back, go again, however more errors. You battle back again. That was the mouse and the cat. The mouse was our protective mistake, and the feline was us trying to compensate that by playing well.”

Tottenham fans typically state that they are delighted as long as their team are playing appealing football.

However the test will can be found in the next couple of weeks as Mourinho, nevertheless thoughtful he was on Wednesday, does not generally do nine-goal thrillers, choosing a clean sheet and three points.

( Reporting by Martyn Herman; Editing by Toby Davis).