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top four Gareth Bale says Spurs need to attack more as they win after Jose Mourinho's sacking

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Gareth Bale celebrates after scoring their side's first goal against Southampton. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images) *** BESTPIX ***

Gareth Bale celebrates after scoring their side's first goal against Southampton. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images) *** BESTPIX ***

Gareth Bale celebrates after scoring their side's first goal against Southampton. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images) *** BESTPIX ***

Tottenham moved within two points of a top four place in the Premier Legaue with a last gasp 2-1 win against Southampton, with Gareth Bale offering up a less than subtle snipe at the brand of football they had been playing under departed boss Jose Mourinho.

Danny Ings put Saints ahead in the first half, but Bale's fine finish and a late Son Heung-min penalty ensured Spurs began life after Mourinho with a win.

Bale has struggled to make his mark under Mourinho during his loan spell at Spurs from Real Madrid and he took the opportunity to question the style of football the Portuguese tactician was insisting on prior to his exit on Monday.

"Maybe just to be on the front foot more. We want to attack," he told Sky Sports.

"We're a big team, we have great players and we need to attack more. We need to try and stay higher up the pitch and I think we did that today."

It was a first win for Tottenham's 29-year-old caretaker boss Ryan Mason, on a night when around 100 unhappy supporters gathered at the stadium to voice their displeasure at Spurs' involvement in the failed European Super League breakaway plan and it added to a tumultuous 72 hours at the club.

Mason was thrust in charge against Saints following Mourinho's sacking, which was sandwiched in between plans to join the ESL and then the decision to pull out after heavy criticism for the project.

Once attention finally returned to football, Spurs overcame a slow start to come from behind and claim an important win that keeps hopes of Champions League qualification alive.

Asked what he thought of the fans' protests, Mason, who is a boyhood Spurs supporter, said: "First of all I can't have an opinion because I wasn't aware of that, we didn't see it from the coach so I can't comment on that.

"But the most important thing is to create a good energy around the place. Obviously when you are winning matches that does help, but more importantly the performance in the second half is where we want it to be.

"Thankfully we have got the win and we can look forward to tomorrow now.

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"Tonight was important for many things, the change in manager, a lot has gone on at the club in the last 48 hours and it was important to get back to winning ways. Thankfully we won but the performance and energy was outstanding."

Tottenham will now focus their attention on Sunday's Carabao Cup final against Manchester City, with their talisman Harry Kane a big doubt for the game at Wembley after he sat out the Southampton win with an ankle problem.

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