Danny Rose says Tottenham had to work hard for their 1-0 Carabao Cup semi-final win over Chelsea at Wembley.
The Lilywhites took the lead via Harry Kane in the 26th minute after the England international scored from the penalty spot, and they now head to Stamford Bridge with a slender advantage in two weeks time for the second leg.
"It was a lot different to the game we played in the league," England left-back Rose told Sky Sports. "I didn't play in that one, but it looked comfortable for the boys.
"Tonight was hard work. It was a great team performance, everyone dug in and I think we deserved it in the end.
"We tried to get the second but it was one of those games and Chelsea played really well. Now, we take the lead into the reverse fixture in a couple of weeks."
The Spurs full-back added: "There's going to be a bit more pressure on them to come out and attack us now, but we're one of the best counter-attacking teams in the league so we're looking forward to it.
"We won't go there and try to protect the lead, we'll play our game."
Tottenham have won three successive games against Chelsea in all competitions for the first time since a run of five between March 1961 and September 1963.
The north London side have now kept three consecutive clean sheets in all competitions for the first time since October 2017.