Harry Redknapp said patience was key to Tuesday night’s 2-0 win at Norwich City.
The team dominated from about the midway point in the first half at Carrow Road but a combination of Norwich goalkeeper John Ruddy and wayward finishing saw the scoreline remain goalless at half-time.
Gareth Bale make the key breakthrough from Emmanuel Adebayor’s assist 10 minutes into the second half.
The Welsh wizard then added a magnificent second goal, picking up Luka Modric’s pass on halfway and sprinting through the middle before cleverly lifting the ball over Ruddy.
The win made it 12 victories, two draws and one defeat in the last 15 matches and with Arsenal, Chelsea and Liverpool all drawing, consolidated our third place in the Premier League.
“I thought it would be a difficult game but we kept the ball, we moved it well, passed it great,” said Harry. “There was some real quality about our play.
“We controlled it in the first half, we had a couple of great chances but didn’t stick them away.
“I thought if we continued passing the ball we would open them up and get the chances to score, we just had to make sure we didn’t do anything silly at the back. That was the key.
“We just had to stay patient. We had to keep passing the ball around, not turn it over and if we did that, we’d create openings. We had to be more ruthless and we’d score and we eventually worked an opening by keeping possession.
“We looked nice and solid as well. Norwich are a threat, the front two work hard for them, but Younes Kaboul and William Gallas did ever so well as well.
"It was a good performance and a great three points.”