But for David Marshall, yesterday’s win over Cardiff would have been far more comfortable than it eventually was but as the game was finally clinched in the third minute of injury time, it’s hard not to focus on the contribution made by our late substitutes.
Lewis Holtby and Erik Lamela made direct contributions to Paulinho’s strike but Lewis in particular did much to unlock the defence and could have set up the winning goal on at least one previous occasion.
After the match, head coach Andre Villas-Boas acknowledged the role that the subs had played.
“Lewis came late into the game but he had some wonderful assists, he really found the link up well,” AVB said.
“Credit to him because he came into the team with a great spirit to help the team.
“And it was a great contribution from Erik as well in that goal.
“All of them today made the right impact and that is the spirit that you need from the match.”
Holtby has been the subject of predictable transfer speculation after the club signed so many new players in the window but the German has spoken of nothing other than his desire to stay and fight. His team spirit was also evident in his reaction to the goal and the 23 year old may have a huge part to play in Tottenham’s current campaign.