Interim After losing 6-1 at Newcastle United, Tottenham Hotspur coach Ryan Mason wants his men to respond against Manchester United on Thursday.
Spurs were sixth in the league after Sunday’s loss at St. James’ Park, six points behind fourth-placed United and one behind fifth-placed Aston Villa. Cristian Stellini, Mason’s interim manager, was fired.
“Absolutely a reaction,” Mason told reporters Wednesday. “Sunday was disappointing, so I would hope and expect a reaction from the players and everyone in this building.”
Mason suggested Spurs were ready for United and that a win might turn things around.
“They had a good season and won a prize. Mason continued, “It will be hard, but we believe we can win.”
I believe in this group and this football club. We’ve got six games to try and have a positive run.
“I’ve been in football long enough to know how rapidly things can change and a result may change a lot. We hope that translates to the pitch.”
Spurs would jump Villa into fifth place and trim United’s lead to six points with a win, but Erik Ten Hag’s team would still have two games in hand.
Hugo Lloris, who was replaced by Fraser Forster at halftime in the loss to Newcastle, is doubtful for Thursday’s match due to a muscular injury.