Tottenham rewarded for relying on exhausted stars in routine win at Cardiff

Tottenham rewarded for relying on exhausted stars in routine win at Cardiff

Mauricio Pochettino admitted it was vital for Tottenham Hotspur to start the new year with a bang and record a "massive" victory at Cardiff City that reignites their hopes of staying in the Premier League title race.

He didn't want any questions on the subject, but it was the biggest story at his club, and indeed across the entire Premier League on that day.

The result means Mauricio Pochettino's Tottenham side sit a point ahead of Manchester City and six behind Liverpool, who both meet each other on Thursday night.

It meant that five of Spurs' front six players - Harry Winks, Moussa Sissoko, Christian Eriksen, Son Heung-Min and Harry Kane - started for the fourth match in a row, with all of those games taking place in the space of just 10 days.

Spurs made it 2-0 after just 12 minutes with a classy goal from Eriksen.

"They have some quality players and I think it will be a massive test for us, after the Wolves defeat, to go there and again to create and be positive".

Tottenham bounced back from a 3-1 home loss to Wolverhampton Wanderers, which was their first game since seriously entering the title conversation.

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"Man United, it was two-and-a-half minutes, today one-and-a-half minutes".

Hoilett brought a first save out of Hugo Lloris when Spurs allowed Paterson's cross to bounce in the box and he climbed above Trippier at the back post.

"I think it was so important to start the new year with a victory, away from home, at a very hard place". In this country all the people are going to watch the game, but I will be in a neutral position trying to enjoy the game.

The Bluebirds are three points above the relegation zone after 20 games. "All the planning goes out of the window", he told the BBC.

Cardiff manager Neil Warnock said that early goal was a heavy blow: "When we start off like that we shoot ourselves in the foot".

"I was pleased that we hung in there because it's easy to throw the towel down when you're 3-0 down to a team like this".

"We'd probably like City to win to make it a little bit closer, but that's not in our control", Kane said of the Etihad Stadium clash.