Tottenham Hotspur 2-1 Southampton – Reaction
It was quite a lot to take in for Ryan Mason – Mourinho sacked – the rookie handed the reins – and a Premier League victory at the first attempt safely under his belt.
It wasn’t plain sailing for the Lilywhites. Danny Ings nodded visitors’ Southampton ahead during an opening half in which the south coast club dominated.
But after Gareth Bale restored parity on the hour, Tottenham looked the more likely side – Heung-Min Son finishing the job with a late spot-kick.
“First of all, the feeling is a massive relief. It’s been a whirlwind the last two or three days but thankfully we got the win and most importantly I felt the second half we were outstanding,” Mason enthused.
“The performance, the commitment, the energy was brilliant because I thought in the first half we found it very difficult. It was quite tough to get out and they were very good.
“They created some chances. Hugo pulled off two world-class saves for us, but I thought as the game wore on we gained control of it and I thought there was only one team that was going to win the match.”
Spurs trailed at the break. Mason offered an insight as to what was exchanged during the interval: “It was just about giving them the belief, the energy, to have the bravery to play and express themselves but within that, we had to compete as well because I felt there were some situations in the first half where they were quicker to the first ball.
“The duels and tackles I felt they were coming out on top but we changed that second half. We gained full control of the match and we played the game pretty much in their half and I thought we fully deserved to win the match overall.”