Tottenham Hotspur interim manager Ryan Mason got his tenure off to a victorious start as Spurs ran out 2-1 winners over Southampton on Wednesday night.
The hosts fell behind on 30 minutes when Danny Ings beat Serge Aurier to James Ward-Prowse’s corner and headed off the far post into the back of the net.
Although Saints held on for a 1-0 half-time lead, Spurs grew into the game and levelled on 60 minutes as Mohammed Salisu’s block fell kindly for Gareth Bale to fire home.
VAR then played a big part in a dramatic finale as Son Heung-min saw a goal ruled out before a later incident saw a penalty awarded to Spurs, which the South Korean successfully converted.
While Bale and Son were in the spotlight due to their goalscoring contributions, Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg was an unsung hero in the game with a typically solid performance.
“A constant noisy presence, he tried to marshal the troops,” wrote football.london, who gave him 7 out of 10. “Made some vital interceptions, including one late on to halt a Saints break in added time.”
The Evening Standard gave him the same rating and wrote: “As usual, the Dane kept the ball moving against his former club in a steady but unspectacular display.”
And according to Whoscored, Hojbjerg attempted 80 passes with an impressive 92.5 percent accuracy, got 91 touches of the ball, delivered five accurate long balls, and chipped in with an interception and a clearance.
The 25-year-old’s displays often go under the radar but he’s consistently good and could play a big role in what is hopefully a successful tenure for Mason.