Manager Ryan Mason’s first game ended in a late Spurs win after Gareth Bale and Son Heung-min’s shots in the second half sealed all three points for Tottenham Hotspur.
The Spurs started the game slowly and were under constant pressure from Southampton who deservedly took the lead in the 30th minute with a fine header from Danny Ings.
The second half from Tottenham was a completely different thing with Mason’s team being more proactive and playing at a much faster pace.
Bale was given the Spurs ’first start since losing to Arsenal 2-1 from north London and repaid the confidence of his former team-mate Mason with a great performance covered in a great goal.
Another player who previously played alongside Mason in a Spurs jersey, Son, made it the perfect night for the youngest Premier League manager, cracking home a late penalty for deducting all three points.
Despite Son snatching the winner, Bale was awarded the Man of the Match award, and the Welshman was singled out for praise by former Tottenham captain Jamie Redknapp.
“Gareth Bale was exceptional throughout the game, he was the difference. In everything he did, there was incredible skill and pace, it seemed like it was pounding today,” Redknapp told Sky Sports.
Bale’s goal was a fantastic effort with his left foot, finely transferring it over Southampton’s attacking defenders to the top corner leaving no chance for Saints keeper Alex McCarthy, and Redknapp was stunned by the shot.
“It’s such a good ending, we’ve seen it work so many times, putting it on a favored left foot and finding a corner – it makes it so easy. “, he said.
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It was Bale’s first goal in four games for the Spurs and his moment couldn’t have been better. Tottenham fought for creativity on the night against Southampton, and the fit and shooting of Bale is exactly what Mason needs for the weekend at Wembley’s show.
On Sunday afternoon, the Spurs lead Manchester City in the Carabao Cup final, while Lilywhites appear to be ending a 13-year trophy drought and finishing City’s three-year race as League Cup winners.