But high-flying City actually created very little on the day and Paul Robinson didn’t have a save to make. By comparison, Andreas Isaksson kept out JD twice, Darren Bent and Dimitar Berbatov while Darren struck a good chance wide and Jermain Jenas planted another effort over.
“I’m not sure how people sometimes analyse games but if there was one team that deserved to win that game it was us,” stated first team coach Gus. “We were the only team to create chances, had four or five attempts and scored twice.
“Yes, City passed the ball well and yes, they looked dangerous on the break but they didn’t have any attempts on goal. There was a shot into the side-netting and that was about it.
“That was good from the back four and Robbo, we kept a high line, made no mistakes, took no risks and we were only undone by a set-piece and that’s the first time that’s happened since we’ve been here.
“It was a key win, very important, we needed it and the players knew that – perhaps the whole of White Hart Lane knew it. Perhaps that’s why when City scored there were a few nerves but the lads did well, kept going forward and kept creating chances.”
Gus Poyet insisted only one team deserved to win at the Lane on Sunday - and did exactly that.Jermain Defoe’s late strike handed us the three points against Manchester City after Rolando Bianchi had cancelled out Pascal Chimbond’s opener.