Roberto Soldado: This Spurs star changed the Forest game

Tottenham Hotspur striker Roberto Solado credits Ryan Mason as the man who helped swing the balance of power against Nottingham Forest.

Tottenham Hotspur were 1-0 down to Championship-leading Nottingham Forest in the third round of the League Cup on Wednesday evening but scored three goals in the space of 18 minutes in order to progress into the fourth round.

Such a comeback may not have been on the cards had it not been for one key player, though.

That is the opinion of Spanish striker Roberto Soldado, who believes Ryan Mason is responsible for inspiring the 3-1 triumph - with the English midfielder's long-range equaliser in the 72nd minute enough to swing the momentum into Spurs's favour, ahead of Soldado's strike and the third from Harry Kane.

Speaking to the club's official website, the 28-year-old said: "There are no easy games. Nottingham Forest are top of the Championship and played very well. They made the game difficult for us.

“After Ryan scored our goal the game changed and it became easier for us," Soldado said, who scored his 13th career goal for Tottenham ten minutes after Mason opened the club's account. "The second goal put their mentality down," he said.

"I felt my goal was instinctive. Andros [Townsend] shot and I stuck my foot out quickly to touch the ball and divert it past the keeper who was already on the floor. It was a nice goal and it’s good for my mentality."

Toittenham Hotspur are now aligned to play Brighton and Hove Albion on Tuesday, October 28 at White Hart Lane.

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