Mauricio Pochettino reserved particular praise for three Tottenham players after reaching the last 16 of the Carabao Cup.
It was Alli’s first goal in six games for club and country, and his manager was pleased with his impact.
“For me, Dele Alli is a top player. He is a key player for us. I think he helped us by scoring today,” Pochettino said.
“I am so happy with him. It’s true that everyone can do better but I am happy. It is a period that he needs to find his balance but I am so happy, his performance was good.
“He tried and scored and that is fantastic.”
The manager also had kind words for goalkeeper Michel Vorm, and summer signing Juan Foyth.
“I want to congratulate Michel Vorm – he deserves a lot of praise,” Pochettino said. “His save at the start of the second half was fantastic and kept us alive and provided us with the chance to win.
“I think in the way he works it’s important to recognise his value and to congratulate him because his action was top.”
On debutant Foyth, Pochettino added: “It was difficult because he was playing his first game with not too much time to know the way we play or work with the whole team.
“I think he was very calm and relaxed in the game.
I am very happy because it is always difficult to come from Argentina and play here in England. It’s not easy and that his debut is at Wembley. That’s more pressure on his debut.”