But it all went downhill when the Spurs' Harry Kane connected on a cross from Ben Davies with a header that deflected into the net off Sainsbury, who immediately held his head in his hands. "I like it because after almost five years I think it's the first time that they've been critical of me and didn't agree with me - but in the end, 2-1".
"I'm so pleased with everything, not only the effort of the performance, I think how we played in the opposite half, trying to be patient and not taking rash decisions and not make a mistake".
Spurs dominated their Dutch opponents but trailed for 76 minutes after missing numerous chances following De Jong's early header from a corner.
Three of the five English sides to achieve just one point or fewer from their opening three Champions League group stage games went on to qualify for the next round - Newcastle United in 2002-03, Arsenal in 2003-04 and Liverpool in 2007-08.
Tuesday's narrow success was Tottenham's first in the group stage and leaves them three points behind second-placed Inter Milan and six adrift of leaders Barcelona with two fixtures remaining.
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New Zealand were quickly running out of troops - and patience - after a slew of drop ball they simply couldn't find a way through. It didn't really mess with the game much but that's football". "England have been performing like that for quite some time".
The visiting defense was finally breached when Kane met a lay-off from substitute Fernando Llorente with a left-footed shot into the corner.
Spurs' pressure eventually told in the 78th minute as Kane got the equaliser and he then had a major role in the victor as Sainsbury deflected the England striker's header past the despairing Zoet, teeing up Mauricio Pochettino's men nicely for two huge clashed with Inter and Barcelona. Defensively they don't look as strong but I don't see too many difficulties for them at home, with hopefully the Wembley pitch in a much better condition so I feel it will be a comfortable night for them.
"Today [his job] was to play alone like a holding midfielder, with Christian [Eriksen] and Dele Alli next to him".
"It's s***", Van Bommel said of the pitch.
However, defeat for the visitors ended their chances of progressing from the group.
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"It's not good, but we are not complaining". I played here with Holland against England, we won, that's a very good memory.
"We have the character of never giving up which is so important".
Their European woes are in contrast to their domestic form, where they have made their best start to a Premier League season - sitting in fourth place after Saturday's 3-2 win at Wolves.
"We managed quite well last season and Wembley is not our home".
Inter drew 1-1 with Barcelona in the other Group B game on Tuesday, a result that saw Barca become the first team to reach the round of 16.
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