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Patience key - Ryan

27 November 2015|Tottenham Hotspur

Ryan Mason said it was all about patience in Baku – and revealed how he overcame a late stomach bug to play his part.

The team controlled from start to finish against Qarabag and racked up 24 shots to the home side’s six.

Having struck the woodwork twice, we finally broke through 12 minutes from time when Harry Kane provided the final touch after Heung-Min Son flicked on Christian Eriksen’s corner.

That goal took us through to the knockout stage of the competition with a game to spare.

“We knew what we were up against,” said Ryan. “Qarabag are a very good side and proved that at the Lane earlier in the season so to come here and win 1-0 having dominated most of the game is very pleasing.

Below: Ryan speaks to Spurs TV in Baku


“We knew we would have to stay patient. There were probably times last season when we might have been a bit naïve and perhaps conceded on the counter-attack but this result shows how far we’ve come.

“We’re improving and the fact we scored the goal late on showed that we were patient and that we believed in what we were doing.”

Back for his second start since a knee injury sidelined him for six weeks, Ryan was hit by a late scare, as he explained…

“I was struggling 20 minutes before the game. I had a bit of a stomach bug but I was eager to get out there and once I had a bit of fresh air it wasn’t too bad.

“I wanted to take my chance and I was probably about 80% out there but the most important thing is that we won the game. It was an important three points and great to get through to the next round.”