Ryan Mason is left furious after Harry Kane controversially saw a goal ruled out in Tottenham’s defeat to Leeds for a tight offside position, as the rookie coach said he was’ shocked by a ‘wrong’ decision.
Tottenham boss Ryan Mason admitted he was ‘shocked’ by a ‘wrong’ decision to rule out a Harry Kane goal for offside in his team’s 3-1 defeat at Leeds.
Spurs talisman Kane appeared to have led the visitors on Elland Road nicely, but his attempt was marked off by the linesman’s flag hoisted.
Repeats on the VAR screen showed that Kane appeared to be on the same level as the Leeds defenders, but the goal was nevertheless not allowed to stand.
Ryan Mason was left ‘shocked’ by a ‘wrong’ offside call in Tottenham’s 3-1 defeat against Leeds
Harry Kane was dragged through and headed home, but the finish was ruled out by a hoisted flag
The controversial moment proved even more chilling for Champions League pursuers Tottenham after Marcelo Bielsa’s side rallied and claimed all three points.
And during his post-game interview with BT Sport, a clearly exasperated Mason didn’t fail to express his frustration.
“I think there was an offside decision at 1-1 and I’m shocked,” said Mason. ‘To be honest, I can’t believe it was sidelined.
Kane was supposed to have just strayed past the last man, even though the reruns showed otherwise
‘I don’t think people understand the momentum and shift that such decisions can have in football games. At 2-1 it is a completely different game.
‘I see. I think when the line goes back to the attacker, that would definitely indicate that his foot is not over the yellow line, the offside line.
My first look, my second look, and my tenth look tell me it’s not an offside decision. I don’t know what people think about it in the game, but I’m pretty sure.
‘At 1-1 it is a great moment. It’s a big moment in the momentum and the whole shift of the game. In my opinion they were wrong. ‘
Stuart Dallas rushed to Leeds’ first of the afternoon when the home team reached the top ten
Rookie coach Mason hit a frustrated figure on the sidelines when Spurs top four collapsed
With Kane’s goal out of the question, Tottenham struggled to react and Patrick Bamford threw home to recover Leeds’ small advantage just before half-time.
The mountain that Mason’s men now have to climb got even steeper in 84 minutes when Rodrigo finished the hosts’ third part of the afternoon.
The defeat nearly put an end to Tottenham’s already feeble hopes of clawing back to fourth and will likely leave them against Europa League football again in the next term.
Leeds put in an impressive performance, pushed up front by Stuart Dallas after poor defending – before Son Heung-min scored for 1-1.
Rodrigo shot past Hugo Lloris to round out the score on Elland Road for the excellent hosts
Kane and his teammates were visibly dejected when they left the field after their setback
Tottenham are now five points behind fourth place Chelsea and rookie coach Mason was left with a number of missed opportunities in Yorkshire.
“We had moments, but we weren’t clinical enough,” Mason added. ‘Leeds knows what they are doing, they play a certain way and it took us a while to get used to that.
‘In the second half we were the better team. The moments we had should be included in these games.
‘Today was a huge game for us, it hurts to lose. It’s hard to win in the Premier League, but we need our full attention next week. ”