Tottenham midfielder Paulinho has hailed Spurs fans after scoring his first Premier League goal against Cardiff City on Sunday.
The Brazilian scored a 93rd minute backheel to claim a 0-1 win for Spurs at the Cardiff City Stadium after an inspired performance from goalkeeper David Marshall so nearly earned a point for the home side.
However, with Spurs dominating the game and recording 29 attempts at goal during the match, the three points were well deserved.
And Paulinho expressed great delight at bagging the winner at the death.
“I’m delighted because we played so well and it was important to get the three points,” he said.
“It’s my first goal in the Premier League and I want to say thanks to everyone. I’m so happy.
“When I scored I went to the fans because our fans are the best.
“I feel very good, a little tired but very happy!”
The win takes Tottenham onto 12 points and second in the league to local rivals Arsenal who top the table on goal difference.
And manager Andre Villas-Boas was convinced that his side's win was wholly deserved.
"Today it was different from normal in that there was justice in football. We created so many chances that there could only be one winner," he said.
Tottenham travel to Aston Villa on Tuesday the Capital One Cup before next Saturday's home clash with title challengers Chelsea.
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