Tottenham Hotspur had play-maker Christian Eriksen to thank as his late strike ensured Mauricio Pochettino’s men won 2-1 against Sunderland this weekend.
Jan Vertonghen had put Spurs ahead after just three minutes but Sunderland midfielder Seb Larsson equalised for the visitors after 31 minutes.
That was how the score-line remained until the Danish international struck to give the hosts a fine win that their overall play deserved.
Tottenham had 65 per cent of the ball and had 25 shots (although only eight of those were on target).
That was still twice as many as Sunderland managed on target and if Tottenham had fallen short in this one they would have had only themselves to blame.
The result means Tottenham are fifth in the Premier League table, one point ahead of North London rivals who do not play until Sunday.
As for Sunderland, they are just one point clear of the relegation zone, with plenty of work to do in the coming weeks.