Tottenham ‘willing to fight’ or Mason as Son revels in ‘angry’ response


With a hard-earned point in his first game at the helm, Ryan Mason lauded Tottenham’s character after a difficult week.

Ryan Mason has a Tottenham team “willing to fight” for their place in the upper echelons of the Premier League after a comeback draw with Manchester United.

Goals from Pedro Porro and Son Heung-min helped the interim boss end the club’s losing streak in his first game in charge since replacing Cristiano Stellini

Mason is no stranger to the Spurs hot seat, having been in charge following Jose Mourinho’s departure two years ago, during which he was in charge of the EFL Cup final.

But after a 6-1 defeat at Newcastle United last time out, Mason was delighted to receive a response from his side that underlines their desire.

“In football you can win, lose or draw but the most important [thing] is that we react together,” he told BT Sport. “I have a team that is willing to fight.

“I thought we were excellent in the second half [with] the character we showed after last Sunday. I hope the fans can see that we were a team today.

“These players there, I know I have men who, when they stick together, are a very strong team. That’s my job, to inspire them and make sure we work as a team.”

Scorer Son, who was backed up by regular partner Harry Kane for his spot-kick, suggested Spurs’ performance was born out of frustration at recent failures.

“I thought we didn’t deserve to be 2-0 down in the first half,” he added. “We played pretty well, we had chances to score, but we weren’t clinical enough.

“We didn’t want to let the fans down, we wanted to give it our all and that was the show in the dressing room. We couldn’t let the game go. We were really upset about it.

“Football is all about the fans. The last week was unacceptable and we didn’t want to repeat it. We really appreciated their support with them. They fought with us.”

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