It was a good night for all three British teams in Europa League action.
Tottenham, Swansea and Wigan all recorded wins to boost their European prospects.
Spurs manager Andre Villas-Boas praised Jermain Defoe after he moved within a goal of Martin Chivers’ club record European haul in the win at Anzhi Makhachkala.
The 30-year-old’s first-half strike put Spurs on course for a 2-0 win in the Europa League and moved him one goal behind Chivers’ long-standing record of 22.
“It was another great goal, a great finish. It’s really good to see him out there again doing extremely well whenever he’s given the opportunity,” Villas-Boas said.
“He is a great professional, has a great attitude and now he’s only one off Martin Chivers so it’s a real great achievement for him.”
Meanwhile, in Group A Swansea edged past Swiss outfit St Gallen.
Swansea goalscorer Wayne Routledge believes the win shows his side’s character.
“(The performance) shows that we have massive character but in the dressing room we know that we can knuckle down and play if we have to, but people know what we are about now,” he said.
Championship outfit Wigan marked their first ever home match in Europe with a maiden Europa League victory over Slovenians Maribor.
Owen Coyle’s side should have been more than two ahead at half-time and there were a few nervy moments after Maribor pulled one back but a late goal from Nick Powell made it 3-1.