Spurs started brightly but Cardiff were always dangerous on the counter-attack. Tottenham dominated possession but apart from some early attacks never really unsettled the Cardiff defence with goalkeeper Marshall having a relatively quiet afternoon.
In the Tottenham team who deserves credit for their efforts?
Hugo Lloris had another good game after being troubled early on by Cardiff’s corners when Steven Caulker hit the bar immediately after Spurs had taken the lead. With Cardiff’s ploy of putting a player on Lloris, to prevent him from challenging for crosses into the area, having success, it was strange that they didn’t keep it up throughout the game.
Michael Dawson had a much better game than in recent weeks – he was totally committed in every challenge and was a threat at set-pieces and on another day could have been on the scoresheet.
Aaron Lennon was a danger going forward but the final delivery wasn’t always the best. He demonstrated great commitment and endeavour in providing defensive cover throughout the game.
Roberto Soldado took his goal well from an excellent pass from Emmanuel Adebayor who again was instrumental in much of Tottenham’s best work going forward, holding the ball up well and linking play. It was a relief for Soldado to get the goal having spurned a couple of early chances but in spite of working hard, he again rarely looked like adding to his goal tally.
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