Impressive Holtby strike enough for Spurs to beat Fulham
Vlad Chiriches' first Tottenham goal and a smart strike from Lewis Holtby spared manager Andre Villas-Boas' blushes as Spurs scrambled a 2-1 victory at Fulham.
Romania defender Chiriches' crisp 20-yard finish and an equally neat second from Holtby helped Spurs dispatch a spirited Fulham side desperate to start Rene Meulensteen's reign in style.
When Ashkan Dejagah capped Dimitar Berbatov's astute through-ball with a calm finish just before the hour, Fulham had capitalised on Spurs' first-half profligacy.
But the hosts were unable to hold that lead, with the defensive fragility that ended Martin Jol's tenure again costing dear.
And so it was Tottenham who ended a run of four Barclays Premier League matches without victory - with Fulham slipping to their sixth consecutive league defeat.
Tottenham wasted two gilt-edged chances in a first half heavy on application but little else, with Paulinho and Erik Lamela the guilty parties for Villas-Boas' men.
Spurs rallied when left with little option by a Fulham side scrapping for any kind of league foothold, and that proved enough for victory.
But Villas-Boas will know his men were nowhere near as fluent as he would expect, struggling to control the pace and tempo for much of the match.