Tottenham Hotspur vs. Cardiff City: 6 Things We Learned

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Tottenham Hotspur vs. Cardiff City: 6 Things We Learned
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Sweet relief for Soldado: The Tottenham striker is congratulated by his teammates after scoring what proved to be the winner against Cardiff.

Tottenham Hotspur kept pace with the clubs above them in the Premier League top four on Sunday with a 1-0 win over relegation-battling Cardiff City.

Roberto Soldado's first goal of 2013 handed Tim Sherwood's team the vital three points. The strike came just short of the half-hour mark.

Kyle Naughton reacted quickly to clear from a Cardiff attack to free Andros Townsend on the break. The winger charged into the opposition half and fed Emmanuel Adebayor, who promptly picked out Soldado's run into the centre of the penalty box.

The Spaniard controlled the ball in his stride and prodded it to the left of David Marshall.

Just two minutes later, the Bluebirds were almost level. Meeting Craig Bellamy's corner, former Spur Steven Caulker headed against the crossbar from just a couple of yards out.

Spurs summoned some attractive build-up play in the second half, but neither they nor the visitors created too much of note.

Substitute Harry Kane came closest for Spurs with a couple of minutes to spare of normal time. Cardiff sought an equaliser with a couple of late corners that saw goalkeeper Marshall venture forward without reward.

Chelsea are next for Spurs, while Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side hosts similarly troubled Fulham.

For now, here are some things we learned from Sunday's clash.

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