Ryan Mason claims he was happy with desire his players showed at Leeds


Ryan Mason has admitted that he was happy with the desire and commitment that the Tottenham players showed at Elland Road even though the result did not go their way.

The 3-1 loss yesterday has all but ended Tottenham’s hopes of securing a top-four finish this season.

Mason decided to stick with the same eleven that thrashed Sheffield United 4-0 a week ago but the Tottenham players struggled to cope with the aggression that Marcelo Bielsa’s side showed in the first half.

Spurs went into the interval 2-1 down but came out fighting in the second half as they took the game to the hosts.

However, the Lilywhites could not take their chances and were left exposed on the counter-attack late on as they committed bodies forward.

Mason insisted that he was pleased with the way his players approached the game and suggested that it was fine margins that cost Spurs yesterday afternoon.

When asked if he saw enough desire from the players, the interim Tottenham head coach told Football.London: “I did. Yes I did.

“[Leeds] started well and they had a lot of energy. They’re probably the fittest teams in the Premier League so we knew it was going to be difficult early on.

“Unfortunately for us we conceded early on which was tough, but we came back into the game and obviously disappointed to go in at half-time 2-1 down.

“The players showed they wanted to win. They came out and they believed in a certain way.

“They created chances, created some big moments in that second half where we probably needed to take one at 2-1 and to make it 2-2 would have made it a completely different game in the last 15 minutes.

“We had to open up because we were chasing the game and they caught us on the counter. So a disappointing afternoon for us.”

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  1. We can’t defend, but there was definitely less ground covered and less effort by our players and I’m sure the stats echo this. So an odd comment from Mason and those GPS things they wear will further demonstrate this when they return tomorrow. Hopefully they watch the full game back to share the pain we feel. There is no excuse for being outworked and outmuscled. We have been a soft touch in these type of games and London derbies ALL SEASON.


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