Spurs back up to second after easy win in Cardiff

Neil Warnock Cardiff City 2018-19

Liverpool face third-placed Manchester City on Thursday night, and City could move back above Spurs if they avoid defeat at the Etihad Stadium.

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.

The answer was emphatic and unequivocal.

Cardiff appear to be a more confident side now, though, and that will pose Tottenham with a different test.

Spurs have won their last five Premier League games on New Year's Day to suggest a return to winning ways is likely.

Pochettino's plan seemed clear: put the best, or most experienced, players on the field and aim to kill the game off before the legs started to go again.

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. "The goals were disappointing but they were too good for us in the first half". Then we're going to play the Carabao Cup semifinal against Chelsea.

Such has been his resurgence that he has started the past eight matches, and he is still improving, having now added a threat to his game.

The England skipper's goal against the Bluebirds meant that he has now scored at least once against all 28 of the Premier League opponents he has faced.

Sissoko has always offered pace, power and energy, but his technical qualities and lack of end product often let him down in the past.

Kane, who scored Tottenham's only goal in a 3-1 loss to Wolves, has netted 15 times in his last 11 away games.

It was a landmark moment for the Dane as it was the 100th Spurs goal he had been involved in - a record standing at 45 goals and 55 assists.

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. Son has only one Premier League game left - against Manchester United on January 13 - before he leaves to play for South Korea in the Asian Cup.

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