English Premier League
Result: Cardiff City 0-3 Tottenham Hotspur
Date: 01 January 2019
Venue: Cardiff City Stadium
Tottenham Hotspur returned to winning ways with a comprehensive 3-0 victory over newly promoted side Cardiff City in the Premier League on Tuesday evening on New Year's Day.
City came to the game on a good run at home, having won three of their last four matches on home soil, the only exception being a 5-1 drubbing against rejuvenated Manchester United.
On the other hand, Mauricio Pochettino's charges were desperate to respond after they were humbled to a 3-1 defeat by Wolverhampton Wanderers the last time out.
Spurs took the lead as early as the third minute with defender Sean Morrison's clearance bouncing off Harry Kane and into the back of the net after the hosts had exerted pressure, 0-1.
Christian Eriksen made it 2-0 for the visitors in the 12th minute with a clever finish at the near post after beating off two challenges to squeeze the ball in.
Pochettino's men were already out of sight in the 26th minute after Son Heung-Min made a brilliant solo run that ended with him chipping the ball to the far post, 0-3.
The Bluebirds were seeing little of the ball ten minutes before the break with Spurs completely dominating possession.
However, towards the end of the first stanza Tottenham took their feet off the gas a bit and the hosts were able to play but they could not build momentum as the visitors took a massive three goal lead to the dressing room.
Neil Warnock was looking for a spark of inspiration in the second stanza as he brought in Junior Hoilett just after the break in place of Josh Murphy.
Warnock was forced to make another change just before the hour-mark as midfielder Victor Camarasa could not continue following injury and was replaced by Joe Ralls.
Pochettino rested Son in the last 15 minutes with the Asian Cup approaching and the South Korean was replaced by teenager Oliver Skipp.
Kane almost made it 4-0 for the visitors six minutes before time after a through ball from Dele Alli but goalkeeper Neil Etheridge denied Kane his brace in a one-on-one situation.
The Bluebirds were dead and buried towards the end as Spurs got back to winning ways.