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Ryan reflects

Posted on 30 May 2016  - 10:05

Ryan Mason has underlined how consistency played a major part in the team’s performances in 2015-16.

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The first half of the season saw us enjoy our best-ever unbeaten run in the Premier League, going 14 games without defeat, before memorable victories over the likes of Manchester City, Manchester United and Stoke in the latter months of the campaign saw us keep the pressure on eventual champions Leicester at the top of the table.

Certain players were present for most of the games, too – Toby Alderweireld and Harry Kane started all of our 38 league matches, Hugo Lloris and Eric Dier missed only one game apiece while Christian Eriksen and Erik Lamela played 35 and 34 times respectively, including substitute appearances.

Although results tailed off in the closing weeks, home-grown midfielder Ryan was proud of the way the lads stuck to their principles under Mauricio Pochettino for the bulk of the campaign.

“The team did very well throughout the year – we progressed from the previous season,” he said.

“We showed that we’re a tight team with great chemistry but that’s not just the players, it’s the staff and everyone at the football club. The gaffer and the players put in hours of work on tactics and how we play out from the back and this last season you saw that we did it on more of a consistent basis.

“Everyone understands each other in the team and some of the performances were fantastic. Even in the first game of the season against Manchester United away I thought we were the better team, we outplayed them and we should have got a result there. I think over the season there weren’t many games where we underperformed – it felt like we were the dominant team in the majority of matches.”

Sadly, injuries prevented Ryan from playing as consistently as he did in 2014-15 and the top form of Eric and Mousa Dembele in central midfield reduced him to just eight league starts. Never one to dwell on misfortune, the 24-year-old believes a positive outlook is vital when a player finds himself sidelined.

“That’s part of football,” he said. “Obviously I’d have liked to have played a bit more but I got injuries at bad times, had long spells on the sidelines, the team did well and the players in my position did well too.

“People get injuries but as long as you come back stronger and you don’t have a negative attitude around the place, I think that’s the most important thing.”