Ryan Mason’s first game as a manager ended with a late Spurs victory after Gareth Bale and Son Heung-min’s second-half strikes sealed all three points for Tottenham Hotspur.
Spurs started the game slowly and were under constant pressure from Southampton who deservedly took the lead in the 30th minute through a fine Danny Ings header.
The second half from Tottenham was a totally different affair with Mason’s team more proactive and playing at a far quicker tempo.
Bale was handed his first Spurs start since the 2-1 defeat to north London rivals Arsenal and repaid his former team-mate Mason’s trust with a fine performance capped off with a superb goal.
Another player who had previously played alongside Mason in a Spurs shirt, Son, made it the perfect night for the Premier Leagues’ youngest ever manager, firing home a late penalty to take all three points.
Despite Son grabbing the winner, it was Bale who was awarded the Man of the Match award and the Welshman was singled out for praise by former Tottenham captain Jamie Redknapp.
“Gareth Bale was exceptional all game, he was the difference. Everything he seemed to do, there was amazing skill and pace, he seemed like he was bang at it today,” Redknapp told Sky Sports.
Bale’s goal was a fantastic left-footed effort, delicately lifting it over the onrushing Southampton defenders and into the top corner leaving Saints keeper Alex McCarthy no chance and Redknapp was left stunned by the strike.
“It’s such a good finish, we’ve seen him do this so many times, getting it onto his favoured left foot and finds the corner – he makes it look so easy. He’s not got a lot of the goal to aim for, two players closing him, clips it into the top corner. Beautiful,” he said.
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It was Bale’s first goal in four matches for Spurs and his timing could not have been any better. Tottenham were struggling for creativity on the night against Southampton and a fit and firing Bale is just what Mason needs going into a Wembley showpiece on the weekend.
On Sunday afternoon Spurs take on Manchester City in the Carabao Cup final as the Lilywhites look to end a 13-year trophy drought and to end City’s three year run as League Cup holders.
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