A Harry Kane penalty was enough to secure a hard-fought 1-0 Premier League win for Tottenham Hotspur against Middlesbrough at White Hart Lane on Saturday.
Kane converted a second half penalty to seal the win.
Spurs maintain their second position in the table and are nine points adrift of Chelsea and three points ahead of London rivals Arsenal.
Alvaro Negredo had the game's first chance on four minutes off Adama Traore's cross but his header went narrowly wide.
Spurs responded and almost opened the scoring on seven minutes through Kane who couldn't turn Ben Davies low cross towards goal.
Spurs continued to probe for the opening goal and were almost rewarded two minutes later but Dele Alli could only find the side-netting.
In the 25th minute Toby Alderweireld got close to breaking the deadlock only to see his head come off the post.
Spurs eventually took the lead on 58 minutes through Harry Kane who converted from the penalty spot after Hueng-Min Son was fouled inside the 18-yard box.
Alli had a chance to double Spurs' lead in the 67th minute but his effort came off the side-netting.
With six minutes remaining Spurs broke with Christian Eriksen's shot taking a deflection.
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