Manager Andre Villas-Boas was pleased by the desire Tottenham showed to hold on to what proved a hard-fought 2-1 victory at Southampton.

Spurs dominated first-half proceedings at St Mary's and deservedly went ahead after 15 minutes courtesy of a Gareth Bale header. Clint Dempsey doubled the north Londoners' advantage six minutes before the half-time break, before Jay Rodriguez reduced the deficit for a resurgent Saints in the second half.

Villas-Boas said: "They came out very, very strongly in the second half. As soon as they scored, the game changes and makes it more difficult. It was very, very similar to the game we played at Old Trafford when we had an extremely good first half in terms of keeping the ball and playing. But in the second half we showed that desire to defend and hold onto the result."

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