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Mason hurt by cup final defeat but proud after Spurs ‘gave everything’

Aymeric Laporte’s 82nd-minute goal eventually broke Tottenham’s resolve and Mason, who lost the 2015 final with Spurs as a player, admitted there was a lot of pain in their dressing room afterwards.

“They 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,” said the 29-year-old.

“That is something to be proud of.”

Heung-min Son was in tears at full-time while Eric Dier appeared to break down on the touchline while conducting a post-match interview with Spurs’s in-house TV channel.

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“Pain – it hurts,” said Mason when asked for the mood in the dressing room.

“I’ve been sitting in there as a player, I’ve played for this football club and lost a final, I know what it’s like.

“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 football club. I think we saw that today, they gave absolutely everything, 100 percent commitment. We tried, we tried, it wasn’t enough today, that’s tough to take.”

Laporte might have been sent off in the first half for two tactical fouls on Lucas Moura, only the second of which was punished with a yellow card by referee Paul Tierney.

“I thought the first one was an absolute certain yellow,” Mason said. “It’s not the talking point because maybe he doesn’t make the second foul if he’s on a yellow?”

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