Gareth Bale said the first half of Saturday’s 2-1 win at Wigan was a joy to play in.
But the flying winger agreed with boss Harry Redknapp that a moment’s lapse of concentration allowed the home side back into the match when it should have been game over.
Rafa van der Vaart’s fine finish from Emmanuel Adebayor’s assist and Gareth’s glancing near-post header from Luka Modric’s corner paved the way for victory inside 25 minutes at the DW Stadium.
Further chances came and went as Gareth and Emmanuel tested home keeper Ali Al Habsi.
Everything looked rosy but the Latics responded with a goal out of nothing at the start of the second half to make it 2-1.
Steve Gohouri was then sent off and Younes Kaboul struck the woodwork but the home side had a couple of opportunities in the final few minutes that thankfully came to nothing.
“We were so dominant in the first half, it was enjoyable to play in,” said Gareth. “We moved the ball well, created chances and felt comfortable.
“At 2-0 up, the next goal is important and if they get it, they are right back in it and that’s what happened. If we’d scored, we would have killed the game off.
“We were a bit sloppy to concede but we got the job done in the end and that’s the most important thing.”
Meanwhile, Gareth was full of praise for the travelling Spurs fans at the DW. “It was like playing at home,” he said. “Our fans were buzzing through the whole game and kept us going. They were brilliant.”