Tottenham Hotspur first team coach Joe Jordan has paid tribute to the character of his side this season.
Harry Redknapp's side have been lauded for their adventurous, attacking style of play this season, with a run of three league victories propelling Spurs to fifth in the Barclays Premier League table.
However, their victory against Fulham prior to the international break owed more to a defensive effort from the team, and it was the spirit shown at Craven Cottage which has pleased Jordan most during their two weeks off.
“The game wasn't decided by the quality we showed last week, it was the resilience that we showed. We had to dig in," Jordan told the official Tottenham Hotspur website.
“Look at the games last Saturday, a few teams ended up winning, but didn't just win easily. There is a reaction, a fight back from opposing teams. We had to dig in and make sure that we retained what we had at the end of the first half. We had to show those qualities.
“We didn't lose the game and that's why we are where we are in the table now. Hopefully we can continue like that because without those characteristics in the team, you can't be successful.”
Aston Villa are next to visit White Hart Lane, with goalkeeper Brad Friedel facing his former club on Monday night before a trip to West Bromwich Albion the following weekend.
Europa League activities continue on the 30th November, and Spurs have so far been able to juggle their commitments in the competition without affecting their form domestically.