Spurs youngster full of positives despite City defeat

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Ryan Mason impressed in Tottenham's game against Manchester City.

For much of Saturday's game between Spurs and Manchester City, there was little to separate the two teams despite the impressive way in which the Champions dispatched the North London outfit last season.

The match gradually swung in the favour of the home side, who benefitted from three penalty decisions and a red card for Tottenham centre back Federico Fazio to turn the game in their favour, though star striker Sergio Aguero also played a major part with four goals.

Running out 4-1 winners arguably flattered City, and speaking after the game Spurs midfielder Ryan Mason, who enjoyed another strong performance for the Lilywhites, felt there was a lot to be proud of despite the scoreline.

"The lads are devastated in there, we came here to win the game and I think we had a good chance at doing that," the 23-year-old said.

"The penalty miss was massive, and obviously the sending off killed our momentum in the game. It was a 4-1 scoreline but I don't think the game reflected that."

Mason was also encouraged by the style of play Spurs exhibited at the Etihad, as well as his own form in his third straight Premier League start.

"It shows the strength in character in the squad at the minute. The gaffer is installing that, we've had a couple of good results in the Prem our last two and we wanted to come here and get the win so we wanted to come here with a positive mindset.

"We created quite a few chances, the gaffer wanted us to press high up the pitch. It was difficult at times but when we got it right we countered and our first goal came from that.

"I think I did all right, as we lost the game it's a bit bittersweet, I'm a bit gutted about that but we've got a game on Thursday and then a game at the Lane next week against Newcastle so hopefully we can put things right there."

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