Jan Vertonghen on the surprising factor that helped Tottenham Hotspur against Bournemouth

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Spurs continued their good form with a convincing win at Dean Court on Sunday.

Tottenham Hotspur defender Jan Vertonghen has explained how Bournemouth taking the lead so early on Sunday worked in Spurs favour, in an interview on the club’s official site.

The Cherries took the lead in under a minute - a well-taken Matt Richie goal - but instead of building on their advantage, quickly succumbed to the pressure from Mauricio Pochettino’s men and ended up on the wrong end of a 5-1 scoreline.

“It was a goal that could happen in the first minute, the 50th or the last minute,” he said. “It was a difficult cross to defend and a good finish.

“Perhaps it was better to concede that early rather than just before half-time or at the end of the game. We felt strong from the start and I felt all along we were the better team.

“Maybe because of that goal Bournemouth didn’t know whether to push more or defend the 1-0 lead. It looked like a wake-up call for us but in my opinion, we were stronger.

“We knew they would try to press us high up the pitch and we said we’d try to stay calm on the ball, don’t go long and try to find the space… We found the right players in the right positions and that gave us the opportunities,” he added.

Spurs put together arguably their most complete performance of the season so far and once again demonstrated how dangerous they can be when in clinical mood.

Too often this season the Lilywhites have dominated games but have been wasteful in front of goal and have consequently drawn matches they should have taken all three points from.

Their win at Dean Court took their unbeaten run to nine in the Premier League and is further evidence of Pochettino’s methods becoming engrained within the squad.

Tottenham are no longer being blown away by the big boys of the division and now look as if they can take points from every fixture - setting the scene for an exciting season at White Hart Lane.

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