VIDEO: AVB: Control of the ball was key to win
ANDRE Villas-Boas says Tottenham's ability to keep possession and starve Swansea City of the ball was the key to their 1-0 win at White Hart Lane.
Swansea have struggled against Spurs in the Premier League, and yesterday's defeat was their fifth fixture against the North London side without victory.
Swansea have never won a league fixture of any description at White Hart Lane, and they have found life particularly difficult against Villas-Boas's men.
The hosts dominated yesterday's match, overwhelming their opponents physically and bossing possession to create a number of scoring opportunities.
A combination of brilliant Michel Vorm goalkeeping and wayward Tottenham finishing kept the game goalless at the interval, but Roberto Soldado's second-half penalty gave Spurs a deserved victory.
It was a similar tale to last season's meeting between the teams at White Hart Lane, another 1-0 Tottenham win in which Swansea's usual fluid passing style was blunted.
Michael Laudrup's men were thwarted again on this occasion, and his opposite number was delighted his side could keep Swansea at bay so effectively.
"It was a very good performance," said Villas-Boas.
"We were defensively sound and, against a team which normally dominates possession in the Premier League, we were able to have more of the ball and control the game.
"We had most of the opportunities so I thought it was a deserved win. That started with our shape defensively and we got our rewards for that.
"I was happy with everyone's performances and I'm happy to have six points from two games."
This was Tottenham's second successive 1-0 win of the season, having begun their Premier League campaign with a triumph of the same margin at Crystal Palace.
It is a stark contrast to last term's uncertain start, which yielded just two draws from their first three fixtures.
And Villas-Boas reckons this positive opening owes much to the impact of his summer signings, four of whom — Soldado, Paulinho, Nacer Chadli and Etienne Capoue — were on display yesterday.
"All our additions have brought quality to the team, and they have brought a great mentality and a will to win," he added.
"At the moment it's looking fine. Things can change but it's good compared to how we started last season.
"At the moment we have six points from two games. Last season we had two points from three games."
Victory also offered Spurs some welcome respite from the circus surrounding Gareth Bale's protracted world record transfer to Real Madrid.
The Welshman's move had still not been confirmed when the teams took to the field, and he was not at White Hart Lane to watch the game.
Villas-Boas insists Bale was under no obligation to attend but, as far as Tottenham's manager is concerned, the sooner the winger's future is resolved, the better.
"It's very difficult in this situation because there is interest from Real Madrid but I don't know if the transfer will happen or not," he said.
"Hopefully we will have a better idea in the next couple of days.
"We allowed him two days off. You're not obliged to be at our games (if you're not playing). He's not training at the moment."