'We must see games out' - Ryan
25 August 2015|Tottenham Hotspur
Taking the lead and then keeping it are the two priorities for our forthcoming matches, according to Ryan Mason.
The hard-working midfielder put in another committed performance at Leicester City on Saturday as we let slip a late 1-0 advantage given to us by Dele Alli to draw 1-1 at the King Power Stadium.
It was the second match in a row in which we’d gone in front only to be pegged back following our 2-2 draw at home to Stoke on August 15 – something that didn’t go unnoticed from Ryan’s point of view.
Now, with Everton visiting White Hart Lane this coming weekend, the 24-year-old is determined to help us turn draws into wins as we go in search of our first three points of the campaign.
“You can’t say we’re not scoring goals because in our last home game against Stoke we got two and then at Leicester we scored again,” he said.
“It’s just about being a bit stronger when we take the lead and seeing out games.
“We’re confident ahead of Everton now – we always are. Although we’ve let two leads slip in the last two games, we firmly believe that if we take the lead we’ll keep it next Saturday.”
Looking back on our clash with Claudio Ranieri’s side, Ryan gave a typically honest assessment of events at the KP as Riyad Mahrez’s goal cancelled out Dele’s effort to ensure the points were shared.
“We’ve taken the lead but it’s disappointing that they’ve pulled out a good goal to equalise – it’s sloppy from our side,” he added.
“Their tactics were to hit us on the counter-attack. It was a hot day and we were just trying to be patient, move the ball about and work openings for ourselves.
“Obviously we got a goal late on, but then to concede so quickly is disappointing and something we’ll look to improve on next time.”