Tottenham Hotspur won their first game against Southampton under new manager Ryan Mason. Mason, 29 took over managerial duties at Tottenham this week after the sacking of Jose Mourinho on Monday.
After what has been a gruelling week for Tottenham, the comeback win under new manager will taste even sweeter for Daniel Levy and co. Second half goals from Gareth Bale and Heung-Min Son helped Tottenham overcome Southampton’s spirited challenge.
Gareth Bale and Son-Heung Min scored in Ryan Mason’s first game as Tottenham manager
With this victory Ryan Mason’s side are now in 7th position in the Premier League table. They are on 53 points and only two points adrift of Chelsea and West-Ham who have played a game less than Spurs.
In the first half Tottenham lacked incisiveness in the final third and Southampton made them pay in the 30th minute. Danny Ings headed home from a corner and put his side ahead in the tie.
Ryan Mason’s half-time team talk seemed to have worked wonders for Tottenham and they came out a completely different side in the 2nd half. Gareth Bale equalised for the hosts at the hour mark curling in a exquisite finish from an acute angle on his left foot.
Heung-Min Son had a goal disallowed by VAR a few minutes later when Lucas Moura was adjudged to have been in an offside position. He was interfering in the Southampton keeper’s vision when Son struck his goal bound shot.
VAR came to Spurs’ benefit in the final moments of the game when Southampton failed to clear a corner in the 90th minute. The referee called play back for Djenepo’s foul on Reguilon. VAR intervened and confirmed that the contact was made right on the penalty box line and a penalty was awarded to Tottenham.
Son sent McCarthy the wrong way and won it for Tottenham at the death. Under Jose Mourinho, Spurs often failed to hold on to their leads in the final few moments of the game.
Ryan Mason will be a happy man after this game, leading his team to a win after being a goal down in the first half. And now the young manager faces a stern test in Manchester City in the Carabao Cup finals on 26th April at Wembley stadium.