Speaking to the press after his side’s defeat against Brentford this afternoon, Tottenham Hotspur’s caretaker manager Ryan Mason was in a despondent mood as he reflected on his team’s performance.
Tottenham had put in a much improved first-half performance, during which Harry Kane converted a wonderful free-kick to give Spurs a half-time lead.
In fact, Mason stated that Tottenham haven’t played that kind of attacking football all season.
All that progress was reversed in the second half, however. Bryan Mbeumo scored two goals to turn the game on its head, and Yoane Wissa added a third for Brentford late on to secure the win for the away side.
It was ultimately yet another incredibly disappointing performance from Spurs, with a lifeless second half costing them dearly in the final home game of the season.
The club now faces an uphill battle to even qualify for the Europa Conference League. A frustrating season shows no signs of improving at this stage.
Speaking to the BBC after the game, Mason had plenty to say about his side’s display: “You have to compete for 95 minutes.
“In the first half, we played a very good match. 1-0 is a dangerous scoreline, and if you’re not at it for the whole game you get punished.
“The goals we conceded were poor. They were the better team in the second half. They deserved to win. When emotions are high it’s probably best not to speak to one another.
“We’ve been on a [poor] run for a number of months now. The only way to turn that around is winning games and staying together.”
On the two contrasting halves of football, Mason added: “When you come in at this stage of the season there are always difficulties.
“In the first half, we saw a Tottenham side that we haven’t seen this season, but we weren’t able to sustain it for many different reasons.
“There’s only one way to act, and if we can’t act that way it’s disappointing.”
Spurs Web Opinion
I can’t believe how different those two halves of football were for Spurs.
The first half gave me so much hope that we might finally turn a corner, and we saw some genuinely nice, attacking play.
The second half was limp and just looked like the players wanted the season to be over.
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