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Late win a great win

Peter Crouch took heart from the never-say-die attitude of our victory last time out against Birmingham City.

Peter Crouch took heart from the never-say-die attitude of our victory last time out against Birmingham City.

The striker played a huge part in what was our fourth win in four Premier League matches so far this season - impressing enough to win a place back in Fabio Capello's England squad.

On as substitute for the injured Luka Modric early in the second half, ‘Crouchy' ran City's defence ragged and saw three headers bring a save from Joe Hart, hit the woodwork and then cleared off the line before finally opening the scoring with his fourth, a precise looper over Hart into the far corner.

There was relief all round after opening the scoring in a match we'd dominated but that relief turned to shock a few minutes later when the visitors levelled.

We kept going though and were rewarded just seconds from the end of added time when Aaron Lennon drove home the winner.

"You can play great football like we did at Hull, a fantastic performance, but sometimes you have to dig in and get a result and that's what we did on this occasion," said Peter, who was delighted to score his first Spurs goal at the Lane.

"Teams realise we've got a lot of quality and they will perhaps sit back with one up front and try to nick a goal on the break. We got to expect that and overcome that and as we proved against Birmingham, if we keep going, we can get the results.

"It would have been nice to score earlier and perhaps the game would have been easier but sometimes it's not to be.

"You have to look at the at the teams who win titles, Manchester United, Chelsea - they play fantastic football but sometimes they have to dig in and win 1-0, even at home, and that's what we did against Birmingham."