Tottenham and Andre Villas-Boas bounced back from their weekend humiliation at Manchester City with a Europa League win over Tromso deep inside the Arctic Circle.
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Vlad Chiriches and Mousa Dembele both scored their first goals of the season to seal a 2-0 triumph that confirms Tottenham as winners of Group K with one match to spare.
Those were the positives from a sub-zero night at the northern tip of Norway, but there were also a few negatives for the north London club and their head coach.
Roberto Soldado again looked isolated up front, the visitors' momentum was slow and Nacer Chadli missed a sitter in the first half.
If Spurs beat Anzhi Makhachkala in a fortnight's time, they will have won all six of their Europa League group matches.
But the reality is that neither Anzhi, Sheriff nor this Tromso team would be anywhere near good enough to play in the Premier League -- and they are certainly nowhere near as good as the Manchester United team that heads to White Hart Lane on Sunday.
Villas-Boas, who rejected claims that his job was under threat on, saw the Norwegians cause his side problems and create the chances to have scored a goal.
Once tractors had cleared the afternoon snow from the pitch, Tottenham emerged to chants of "AVB's blue and white army".
But Zdenek Ondrasek almost silenced them when he bore down on goal after giving Michael Dawson the slip with just 33 seconds on the clock. Fortunately for Spurs, he dragged his shot wide.
The Czech striker was creating mischief two minutes later when he entered the box and went down under pressure from Vlad Chiriches, but referee Levgenii Aranovskyi waved play on.
The snow stopped falling after 10 minutes, but passing conditions remained difficult for the visitors, who struggled to find their rhythm.
Andros Townsend was their most dangerous player early on, setting up Gylfi Sigurdsson, who dragged his shot wide.
Etienne Capoue's deflected shot dribbled just wide, while Morten Moldskred was rooted to the spot. The Tromso goalkeeper was not tested until the 23rd minute, when he saved Townsend's skidding long-range shot.
Sigurdsson then carved open the Tromso back line with a beautiful curling pass with the outside of his right boot, but Chadli leaned back and thumped the ball over.
Ondrasek built up some speed early in the second half and darted at the Tottenham defence from the halfway line. Dawson pulled the striker down with a cynical foul, but the referee produced only a yellow card.
Sigurdsson had the ball in the net moments later, but Soldado was rightly penalised for handball in the build-up.
Tromso then had Spurs on the ropes with a couple of threatening attacks. Capoue and Soldado resorted to fouling the dangerous Thomas Bendiksen, and both entered the book as a result.
Brad Friedel saved from Bendiksen and Jaroslaw Fojut as Tromso continued to pile on the pressure -- but then Tottenham took the lead.
Sigurdsson drilled a low ball into the box from a free-kick and found Chiriches. The Romanian's shot was going in, but Adnan Causevic helped it over the line.
Jan Vertonghen, Lewis Holtby and Erik Lamela entered the game but surprisingly, the youngsters who had been brought on the trip stayed on the bench.
Dembele then made sure of the win with 15 minutes left when he placed the ball into the far corner after being slipped in by Sigurdsson.