Bale buoyed by new Spurs boss
Gareth Bale says a "very good" half-time team-talk from Ryan Mason inspired Tottenham's Premier League comeback against Southampton on Wednesday.
Interim manager Mason took charge of Spurs for the first time since Jose Mourinho's sacking and his side trailed 1-0 at the break after Danny Ings struck for the Saints.
Bale, making his first start for more than a month, equalised on the hour mark and a late penalty from Heung-Min Son ensured a winning start for the 29-year-old Mason despite the absence of star striker Harry Kane.
The win takes Tottenham sixth in the table, two points behind Chelsea and West Ham having played a game more, and their next assignment is Sunday's daunting EFL Cup final against league leaders Manchester City, who will be without John Stones for the showpiece game after he was sent off at Aston Villa on Wednesday.
Tottenham are hopeful that Kane could be fit to play some part in Sunday's final after rolling his ankle in Mourinho's final game, a 2-2 draw with Everton at Goodison Park.
Bale was impressed by the tactical nous shown by Spurs's temporary boss Mason to not only negotiate Kane's absence but also turn the game in the home side's favour s they picked up a vital three points.
Asked about the significance of the Southampton win, Bale told Sky Sports: "It was important. It gives us a chance of top four and we will fight until the end.
"We have only had a couple of days with the new manager. We had a good chat at half-time. We had a few positional issues and needed to be more patient. It was a very good team talk. We came out in the second half, controlled the game, and deserved the victory."
Tottenham are 6.50 to beat Manchester City in 90 minutes in Sunday's EFL Cup final. The draw is 4.75, while City are 1.44.
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