Ryan Mason appeared to be unhappy with his defender Clement Lenglet after being forced to substitute the Frenchman late on in the win over Crystal Palace this afternoon.
The young Englishman secured his first win as Acting Head Coach of Tottenham Hotspur with a tight 1-0 victory over an in-form Crystal Palace side.
A Harry Kane goal in the dying embers of the first half was enough to seal all three points for Spurs, but Palace didn’t make it easy for the home side.
Spurs reverted to a back four for the game, with Lenglet the preferred partner to Cristian Romero at the heart of defence, leaving Eric Dier on the bench.
Late in the game and with Spurs defending a slender lead, Lenglet gave away a foolish free kick after a foul on Michael Olise and received a yellow card for his troubles.
The 27-year-old also looked to have picked up a slight knock during the incident too, and was replaced by Dier in the 88th minute.
According to Charlie Eccleshare, Mason was “really not happy with Lenglet about something as he came off.”
Discussing the player’s situation, Mason told Football.London: “He had a shoulder problem, you could probably see. Hopefully nothing too serious, too bad.
“He got treatment on the pitch, it was late on in the game, it was a set piece and we didn’t really want to lose a central defender to defend a set piece so we made that change.”
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By the sounds of it, Mason was not best pleased to have had to change his line up so late in the game and with a dangerous free kick coming in from Palace.
He will not have been happy with Lenglet for giving away the foul, and for forcing his hand with the substitution as a result.
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