Three mistakes Mason made as Spurs’ top four hopes suffer fatal blow at Leeds

Ryan Mason’s unbeaten start in the Premier League as Tottenham boss came to an end at Leeds, as goals from Stuart Dallas, Patrick Bamford and Rodrigo earned the hosts a 3-1 win.

The Englishman had selected an unchanged side from the thrashing of Sheffield United, but were dominated by Marcelo Bielsa’s men.

Dallas put the hosts ahead after 13 minutes following a mistake by Sergio Reguilon, before Heung-Min Son equalised soon after.

While Tottenham had a couple of chances to add a second, it was Leeds who took home the three points thanks to Bamford’s strike three minutes before half-time and Rodrigo's late goal.

Here, Daily Star Sport looks at three mistakes Mason made which led to defeat…

All-out attack

Mason once again selected a team with a heavy attacking bias, with Harry Kane, Gareth Bale, Dele Alli and Son Heung-Min all starting.

For much of the first-half, it just left Tottenham looking open at the back, with Leeds dominating offensively.

Mason’s decision to start his four most attacking players began to pay off, with Alli and Son combining for Tottenham’s equaliser.

But Spurs struggled to create clear-cut chances after the break and after Bale's failure to track back led to Leeds' second, the Welshman and Alli were substituted.

Aurier at right-back

Serge Aurier has become Tottenham’s first-choice right-back since Mason took charge, with Matt Docherty relegated to the bench and Japhet Tangana left out of the squad altogether.

But selecting the attacking-minded Aurier proved to be the wrong decision, with Leeds winger Jack Harrison appearing the having the beating of him.

Much of Leeds’ attacking threat came down Aurier’s side, with Harrison getting past him with ease to put the cross in for Stuart Dallas’ opener.

Benching Ndombele

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  • Since playing 73 minutes in Mason’s first match against Southampton, Tanguy Ndombele has been left on the bench in all three of Spurs’ following games.

    Against Leeds, it was Giovanni Lo Celso and Pierre-Emile Højbjerg who started the game as Tottenham’s sitting midfielders.

    But Ndombele’s energy and drive was desperately missed by Spurs, who at times appeared overwhelmed by Leeds.

    Without Ndombele in the deep-lying role, Tottenham lost the midfield battle, with the hosts constantly overrunning them.

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