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Gareth Bale praises Tottenham interim boss Ryan Mason

Gareth Bale praised the impact of Tottenham's interim manager Ryan Mason as they came from behind to beat Southampton.

The Welsh winger scored the equaliser as Spurs won 2-1 with a second-half turnaround and felt that Mason's management was key to the win.

Bale said: "Very good team talk at half-time. Came out, second half, and played really well."

The star, on loan at Spurs from Real Madrid, also feels that the team are better when they attack after often focusing on defending under former boss Jose Mourinho.

Bale said: "We want to attack, we’re a big team, we have great players."

Mason became the youngest manager in Premier League history at the age of just 29 after being forced to retire as a player having suffered a horrific head injury and admits that it was a "massive relief" to see his team claim the win and boost their hopes of qualifying for the Champions League.

He said: "First of all the feeling is a massive relief. It’s been a whirlwind the last two or three days but thankfully we got the win and most importantly I felt second half we were outstanding.

"The performance, the commitment, the energy was brilliant because I thought in the first half we found it very difficult.

"It was quite tough to get out and they were very good. They created some chances. Hugo (Lloris) pulled off two world-class saves for us but I thought as the game wore on we gained control of it and I thought there was only one team that was going to win the match."

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