Third goal shifted momentum - Ryan
16 August 2015|Tottenham Hotspur
Ryan Mason pinpointed the third goal as key against Stoke.
The visitors scored it - and went on to snatch a share of the spoils as it finished 2-2 in the Premier League at the Lane on Saturday.
We were on top in the first half and secured a two-goal advantage through Eric Dier and Nacer Chadli.
We were also knocking on the door for that vital third goal only to be denied time and time again by Stoke goalkeeper Jack Butland, who saved twice from Christian Eriksen, Ryan and Harry Kane with the scoreline at 2-0.
Ryan was foiled point-blank by Butland’s outstretched leg in the first half and his saves proved decisive as Marko Arnautovic’s penalty and Mame Biram Diouf’s header on 78 and 83 minutes dragged Stoke back into it.
Below: Graphic of Ryan's first half chance that brought the best out of Jack Butland
“We were 2-0 up and in any other league, that’s game over,” said Ryan, back from injury for his first start of the campaign.
“At half-time we were saying ‘go and get the third’ but that third goal and the momentum went to them.
“Goals change games and you could see once they scored their first it looked like they were the only team who were going to score again.
“We’re all gutted. To be 2-0 up at home and blow the lead is really disappointing.
“Butland made a few good saves and it could have been three or four but in the last 20 minutes they got the better of us.
“As I said, it’s disappointing because 2-0 up at home, you’d like to think that’s the three points.”
Below: Ryan speaks to Spurs TV afterwards