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Mason feels more Wembley agony as Spurs' trophy drought goes on


Ryan Mason

Ryan Mason

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Ryan Mason

Tottenham Hotspur manager Ryan Mason says his players are feeling pain after they again fell short on the big stage following a 1-0 Carabao Cup final defeat to Manchester City.

Spurs were aiming to end a 13-year trophy drought at Wembley, but lost to Aymeric Laporte's late header as they suffered another final loss.

In recent years they have lost the 2015 Carabao Cup final, which interim boss Mason played in, the 2019 Champions League final and also fell away in two Premier League title races.

They never really looked like ending that streak against City, who were totally dominant on their way to four League Cup titles in-a-row.

There were scenes of devastation at full-time as Son Heung-min was in tears on the pitch while Eric Dier had to stop a post-match interview to compose himself and Mason said the dressing room was hurting.

"Pain. It hurts. I've been sitting in there as a player, I've played for this club and lost a final, I know what it's like," said Mason, who was only appointed on an interim basis on Tuesday due to Jose Mourinho's sacking.

"I know that feeling. It's normal that they're hurting. It's normal, because it shows that they care and this group of players care deeply about this club. I think we saw that today, they gave absolutely everything, 100 per cent commitment. We tried, we tried, it wasn't enough today, that's tough to take.

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"City are a great side, an incredible team, but I think our group of players gave everything with what they have had to deal with in seven days, the lack of preparation but they gave everything, absolutely everything. That is something to be proud of.

"I think when you lose a cup final, it's disappointing. We're all hurting. I am, the players are and I'm sure the fans are. It's difficult to take."

Laporte might have been in the dressing room by the time he scored had Paul Tierney penalised two fouls on Lucas Moura in the first half with yellow cards, but the referee let him off with the first impediment.

"I thought the first one was an absolute certain yellow," Mason added. "It's not the talking point because maybe he doesn't make the second foul if he's on a yellow.

"It happened. At that point it was 0-0 and 0-0 for a very long time in the second half as well.

"That isn't on our minds at this moment as we're trying to get over the fact we've just lost a cup final. It's difficult to take for the players. We have to move on."

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