There were more positives than just the three points for Tottenham as goals from Christian Eriksen and Roberto Soldado helped the home side overcome Everton at White Hart Lane on Sunday.
After going behind to Kevin Mirallas' fantastic strike from 25 yards, Tottenham pressed their opponents into errors as Eriksen levelled when Tim Howard could only palm Harry Kane's shot, before Soldado ended his goal drought to the delight of the home support after Kane stole possession from Gareth Barry.
What pleased Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino and the Lilywhite support more was the team performance as Spurs finally looked like they were following a game plan. Here are the player ratings...
Hugo Lloris - 7.0
Could do nothing with Mirallas' wonder strike, but was quick as lightning off his line to close Seamus Coleman after the full back was played in by Ross Barclay.
Vlad Chiriches - 6.5
Had his struggles against Mirallas, and gave away the free kick for a foul on the Belgium winger that led to the goal. However, recovered fairly well from that to put in a good performance considering he is playing out of position.
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Ben Davies - 7.0
It's always hard for new players to shine in an unsettled, inconsistent side, so it was not a surprise that Davies put in his best performance in Tottenham's best performance. Now the side is starting to follow a game plan, Davies can find his grove and really compete with the rough-and-ready Danny Rose.
Jan Vertonghen - 7.5
Dealt with his international team mate Romelu Lukaku with a heightened level of assurdness. Filling the role of defensive leader.
Federico Fazio - 7.0
Again, put in probably his best performance in a Spurs shirt, although some might say that was not particularly hard.
Ryan Mason - 7.0
A Mason-Bentaleb partnership might have seemed a little lightweight but the academy products put in a great shift each, were tidy in possession, and have put their more illustrious midfield colleagues to shame. The speed of their passing was particularly impressive.
Nabil Bentaleb - 7.0
Who thought he and Mason would be Tottenham's first choice midfield partnership by Christmas? After a cameo on Thursday night, Bentaleb was given a tough match to make his full return from injury. However, he was composed on the ball, and showed a little more ambition than in the first few matches of the season.
Aaron Lennon - 7.0
Gave Spurs a lot better shape, some pace on the break, plus protection for Chiriches. After appearing to be firmly out of favour in Pochettino's favourite system, he is now firmly back in contention.
Christian Eriksen - 7.5
Took his goal very well, and with Tottenham moving the ball around better and, most importantly, quicker, Eriksen's heightened intelligence and reading of the game is allowed to thrive.
Harry Kane - 8.0
Kane is certainly growing into the role of Tottenham's driving force. He's also not afraid of a shot, and while he didn't really come close to actually scoring, he did cause the first goal with a penetrating run and a shot that Howard might feel he should have done better. Also involved in the second, it was his tackle high up the pitch that allowed Spurs to launch such a devastating counter attack.
Roberto Soldado - 7.5
Finally, a goal, and a match winning goal at that. It's been coming and just in time the Spaniard delivered. The Spurs fans have wanted the Spaniard to be a success, in part because of his goal scoring record, in part because of the performances of others, mentioning no names. Got his goal, put in the miles, and received a standing ovation when he was substituted.
Erik Lamela (for Lennon, 61) - 6.5
Still not convinced he is really a right sided midfielder, but his work levels are improving.
Eric Dier (for Chiriches, 70) - 6.5
With Spurs becoming more defensive as the game wore on, it rather suited Dier that he was, at times, a third centre back, nice and narrow, with no space around him to get caught out in.
Paulinho (for Soldado, 81) - 6.5
Helped keep Everton at bay late on the game.
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