Spurs took the concept of winning ugly to new depths on Friday night in a poor performance that saw them edge past Watford and into the fifth round of the FA Cup.
Match winner Rafael van der Vaart conceded that this wasn’t the best performance by this current Spurs side but he was relieved to get through the tie.
“It was a bad game from us,” said Rafa. “It was a difficult night but we all know the main thing about the FA Cup is to get through and that’s what we did.
“Watford played well, we didn’t keep the ball as we usually do and then you can see why it was difficult.
“These cup games are always hard but we won and that’s the most important thing.”
The win gives Spurs an away tie at Stevenage in the fifth round. It may have been painful to watch, but we now have a great chance of progressing into the quarter finals.