Previously, when Spurs met Hull City at White Hart Lane, it took Andre Villas-Boas and company 80 minutes before Roberto Soldado tucked home a neat penalty after Ahmed Elmohamady was judged to have handled in the six yard box.
“It was important,” said the Belgian international. “I always try to go forward as a full-back and I’m happy my cross led to a penalty.
“The teams at the top all won so it was important to get the three points.
“It wasn’t our best performance, but it’s another clean sheet and three points.
“Sometimes when teams play with numbers across the back, you have to wait and be patient. If we win 1-0 it’s enough.”
The Capital One Cup match-up will see both team return to the same ground again to settle old scores, and Jan Vertonghen expects there to be changes in the line-up for both parties.
“I think both teams will change,” he said.
“Hull might play the same way as they will think it’s worked and we have to do the same, be patient, wait for our chances and hopefully we will be good enough on Wednesday.”