It was far from perfect, but eventually Tottenham's superior quality made the difference against Brighton, as goals from sub Erik Lamela and Harry Kane gave Spurs the chance for revenge against Newcastle United in the quarter-finals of the Capital One Cup.
Stuggling Brighton focused on being organised and hitting on the counter against Mauricio Pochettino's men.
The home side had struggled against defensive opponents as they seek some fluency under their new head coach, and despite controlling the majority of possession chances were at a premium in the first half as 18-year-old debutant Christian Walton had a fairly comfortable start.
With Erik Lamela's half time introduction, Spurs developed a better cutting edge and ultimately ran out comfortable winners.
But, which players really stood out? Let's take a look:
Michel Vorm - 6.5
Was realy troubled but did what he needed to do well.
Kyle Naughton - 7.0
It would be no surprise if Naughton went straight into the starting line up for Sunday's game at Aston Villa. Tottenham looked a lot more comfortable with a proper right back, he dealt with Kazenga LuaLua well and offered some much needed width.
Ben Davies - 6.5
Another 'fine' game for the summer signing, but the Welshman has yet to fully show he merits selection ahead of Danny Rose.
Federico Fazio - 6.5
Back from suspension, comfortable on the ball and only exposed with the ball in behind which, given Tottenham's high defensive line, is something the big Argentine needs to work on.
Jan Vertonghen - 7.0
A comfortable evening at the back as Brighton only played one upfront. Made captain in the second half, an interesting decision given the Belgium was not even made a vice-captain.
Moussa Dembele - 6.5
Anyone who has watched Dembele over the last two years will know immediately how the ex-Fulham midfielder played. Strong on the ball, a few nice turns, swooned across the pitch but ultimately never looked like creating a match changing opportunity either through his passing or movement off the ball.
Benjamin Stambouli - 6.5
Given the more defensive remit. Circulated the ball nicely but Spurs fans will hope there is more to come once the Frenchman has settled in the team.
Andros Townsend - 6.5
Plenty of good intent but often ran into cul-de-sacs. Needs to work on playing the ball quicker when against more than one defender, instead of running down the line before ultimately coming back the way he came.
Aaron Lennon - 7.0
Given a rare start, and handed the captain's armband. Lennon looked to get on the ball as much as possible in the early stages and had a few half chances but given his record at White Hart Lane it is a bit much to expect goals to suddenly flow from the little winger. Shame he was withdrawn at half time due to injury as he has struggled to get game time under Pochettino.
Harry Kane - 7.0
As his reputation grows, so does the attention from the opposition. Unable to drop into the hole or into good shooting positions as Brighton crowded out the centre and Spurs had little answer until the second half. More in the game as the play began to stretch, and showed good poaching instincts to slot home his goal.
Roberto Soldado - 7.5
First half found himself outnumbered as Tottenham struggled to get into the final third, but when he started to have runners from midfield the Spaniard showed his technical prowess. Magnificent link up with Lamela for the first, forced the save that led to Kane slotting home for the second, also thumped the crossbar. Pochettino should consider given the former Valencia striker a run in the team because his technical skills are what Tottenham need from their lone striker.
Erik Lamela (for Lennon, 45) - 8.0
Came on and did not wait to have an effect. As opposed to the English widemen who started the game, Lamela makes better runs into goal scoring positions and after linking up with Soldado he slotted the ball home with supreme confidence.
Nacer Chadli (for Townsend, 81) - N/A
Game was slowing to crawl by the time Chadli came on.
Paulinho (for Kane, 84) - N/A