Tottenham defender Jan Vertonghen was delighted to come away from Selhurst Park with all three points.
A Premier League debut goal from Roberto Soldado was enough to separate Spurs from Palace, with Vertonghen admitting that the home side were not a walkover.
Vertonghen passed a late fitness test to start in defence and was relieved to claim a win in the new-look Tottenham side.
“That’s what we wanted. We couldn’t get a loss here,” Vertonghen told Sky Sports 1.
“Of course we want to do better but this was about getting the win for us. Next time we will score more goals.”
Vertonghen, a Belgium international, hailed the new signings made by Villas-Boas over the summer but also praised Palace.
“They (new signings) are strong and Roberto scored a goal,” Vertonghen said.
“We have a big and strong team. We want to play for the prizes and Champions League qualification. That’s why we need a big team.
“They (Palace) play long balls towards (Marouane) Chamakh and (Kevin) Phillips. We knew that would make it tough and that’s what we had to try and get two goals.”
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