The Spurs manager is still recovering from a heart operation, and Kevin Bond led the side against their London rivals.
Gareth Bale opened the scoring for the visitors on ten minutes, and Aaron Lennon made it two on the stroke of half-time. Younes Kaboul gave the Cottagers hope by scoring an own goal just before the hour mark, but Jermain Defoe sealed the win for Spurs late on.
The victory brings the White Hart Lane outfit level on 22 points with Chelsea, with a game in hand.
Brad Friedel made a number of excellent saves to ensure Spurs held onto their lead, but feels a pressurised last 20 minutes wouldn’t have helped Harry Redknapp’s health.
“I always think that it is easier being involved in it and here on the day, rather than watching it on the tele,” the United States international told Sky Sports.
“I don’t know how much he would have enjoyed the second half until Jermain Defoe’s goal at the end.
“There were a couple of scary moments at the end, but we’ll take the three points.
“From the first minute of the second half they were on top of us, but great credit to the lads, we defended really well today, even Luka [Modric] saving things off the line, so what a great win,” he concluded.
Aston Villa are next up for Tottenham at White Hart Lane, whilst Fulham travel to take on Sunderland next Saturday.
By Gareth McKnight