It wasn’t pretty by any means but Spurs overcame Anzhi and their terrible surface to gain a comfortable 2-0 victory in Thursday’s Europa League clash. First half goals from Jermain Defoe and Nacer Chadli sealed the win and Lewis Holtby, who had a hand in both declared it as ‘job done’.
Speaking after the match, head Coach Andre Villas-Boas praised the team for coming through in tricky conditions.
“The conditions were difficult but we had a great first half, where we created a lot, kept the ball well and deserved the lead,” AVB said.
“Anji looked threatening on the counter, waiting for the opportunity to surprise us, so we had to be aware.
“In the second half we lost control of possession a little, Anji came out stronger and could have surprised us.
“However, defensively we were sound and managed to take a deserved win.
“A win is what we wanted, and it gives us the opportunity in the next games against Sheriff to ensure qualification. That is extremely important for us.”
So it is indeed job done and in an admittedly weak group, two more wins in upcoming back to back games against FC Sheriff will ensure progression to the next phase.