Cardiff City vs. Tottenham Hotspur - Football Match Report

The Premier League kicks off 2019 with a trio of games on Tuesday.

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.

However, Wolves managed to bounce back in the final 18 minutes thanks to goals from Willy Boly, Raul Jiminez and Helder Costa to secure a shock 3-1 win.

"I think it was so important to start the new year with a victory, away from home in a very hard place, against a team like Cardiff who came from beating Leicester".

Tottenham Hotspur assistant Jesus Perez (left), manager Mauricio Pochettino (centre) and first-team coach Miguel D'Agostino at Hotspur Way (pic: John Walton/PA Images).

Just as momentum was building along with talk of a title tilt, Wolves landed a 3-1 gut punch at Wembley that leaves Mauricio Pochettino's men with a mental hurdle to overcome as well as the physical questions brought at this time of year. After 20 games, Spurs are again third in the table.

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The game was effectively over in the 26th minute when Son Heung-Min produced a clinical finish with a shot on the turn after being well set-up by Kane.

"We had to play for pride and, all credit to them, they battled well in the second half when it would have been easy to roll over". We should have been playing at the new stadium ourselves.

"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", said Pochettino.

Cardiff remain three points above the relegation zone, with heavy home defeats against Manchester United and Tottenham bookending the four points picked up in away games at Crystal Palace and Leicester.

It is amusing, or perhaps alarming, to think that if Tottenham had been offered their money back for the £30 million man in the summer, they would surely have taken it with glee.

Neil Warnock will therefore be disappointed and maybe a little concerned by what has happened in his side's past two home matches against Manchester United and Spurs. I was pleased we didn't just fold in the second half'.

  • Lawrence Cooper