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Ryan reflects on Everton stalemate

30 August 2015|Tottenham Hotspur

Ryan Mason felt the team’s performance against Everton warranted three points rather than one.

We went close to breaking the deadlock on a handful of occasions at White Hart Lane on Saturday, but Toffees goalkeeper Tim Howard was in fine form to keep us at bay.

Ryan in particular found himself with a couple of clear shooting chances either side of the break.

And while he believes he should have done better on his second half opportunity in particular, he said the end result – a goalless draw – doesn’t do our performance justice.

“Obviously I’m disappointed not to win – I thought we created more than enough chances to win the game,” said the central midfielder, who was pushed into a more attacking role for the visit of the Toffees, with Nabil Bentaleb coming in to partner Eric Dier in the deeper-lying central positions.


“I was gutted I didn’t score. I probably should have tucked my second chance away and it’s disappointing not to get the three points because I thought the lads played well.

“I’m sure on another day it could have been a different story.”

The result means we’ve taken three points from our opening four games of the season, having registered three consecutive draws after an opening day defeat at Manchester United.

Asked if the general mood among the players was upbeat or downbeat after the Everton game, Ryan replied: “I think it’s a bit of both. Obviously we’re disappointed we haven’t won in our first four games but I’m sure if you’ve watched our performances you can see that we’ve probably got the better of all four teams.

“It could have been a totally different story had we taken our chances.”