Pasquale Marino agreed with Juande Ramos' sentiments that Udinese's penalty changed the course of Thursday night's UEFA Cup match but had no doubts that his side deserved to run out 2-0 winners.
Keeper Heurelho Gomes miscontrolled Benoit Assou-Ekotto's back pass in the 23rd minute, allowing Quagliarella to challenge for possession and eventally bringing the forward down for the spot kick, despatched by Di Natale.
The game remained in the balance though until Jamie O'Hara was sent off for two yellow cards in quick succession just before the hour mark.
However, we still managed to create a chance to equalise with five minutes left when Giovani's cross was met by Darren Bent six yards out only for Udinese keeper Handanovic to deny him. The home side then broke away and Pepe wrapped it up with the second goal.
Marino said: "We had a few problems at the start of the first half but after the penalty we were in control.
"I agree that the penalty changed the direction of the match and it was their mistake that we capitalised on.
"After the penalty we created more good chances and I know it was difficult for Tottenham.
"But that's football, these things happen and I thought we were the better side. It's always nice to start a group stage with a win."