‘Spurs have banished last week’s demons’

Midfielder Mason confident side will beat QPR in Premier League clash

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Mason believes the victory over Swansea was a step in the right direction. PHOTO: REUTERS

LONDON: Ryan Mason believes Tottenham have overcome the disappointment of last week’s cup failures and are back on track in the race to qualify for the Champions League.

Mauricio Pochettino’s side face QPR at Loftus Road this weekend with a Premier League top-four spot their sole remaining target after exiting the Europa League at the hands of Fiorentina three days before Sunday’s League Cup final defeat against Chelsea.

Tottenham’s bruised morale was at least partially restored with the 3-2 midweek victory over Swansea that ensured Spurs kept pace with their main rivals towards the head of the table.

That result left them in seventh place, six points behind Manchester United who lie fourth, but having played a game less.

And with Louis van Gaal’s side on FA Cup duty on Monday, victory over struggling QPR on Saturday will close the gap and give Pochettino’s team another timely lift.

It may take more than a couple of wins to get the 2-0 Wembley defeat against Chelsea completely out of the system, but young midfielder Mason believes the hard-fought victory over Swansea was a major step in the right direction.

“The win against Swansea was massive after Wembley and going out of two competitions in the last six days, it was huge for us to get back to winning ways,” said Mason.

Tottenham face a reunion with Sandro who left White Hart Lane to join QPR at the start of the season.

The Brazilian midfielder is locked in a relegation battle with the Hoops, with the midweek home defeat to Arsenal leaving Rangers in the bottom three, three points adrift of safety.

And Sandro knows the visit of Spurs will present an equally testing challenge. “Of course, I’m looking forward to it. But it won’t be any easier. Arsenal and Spurs are much the same level,” he said. 

Published in The Express Tribune, March  7th,  2015.

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