Saturday 6th October 2018

Spurs 1 Cardiff 0

Eric Dier scored the only goal of the game in the eighth minute, tapping in a loose ball from inside the six-yard box from a corner.

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Cardiff had to play most of the second half with 10 men after Joe Ralls was sent off in the 58th minute, but Spurs failed to find a second goal to make the result comfortable.

The visitors showed fight after conceding early and could have equalised midway through the first half but Toby Alderweireld cleared Josh Murphy’s effort off the line.

Spurs lost their way after going in front but improved at the end of the first half with Lucas Moura missing two good chances and Son Heung-min also shooting over.

Immediately after half-time, Cardiff captain Sean Morrison brilliantly blocked Moura’s shot on the line after Harry Kane’s initial header had been saved.

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Ralls was then sent off for a cynical challenge on Moura but minutes later Morrison had a header turned onto the post by Spurs goalkeeper Hugo Lloris.

Cardiff, who have already made their worst start to a season since 1964-65, have not won any of their first eight league games and fall to the bottom of the table.

Mauricio Pochettino’s Tottenham side climb above Chelsea, who play on Sunday, into third.

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