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White Hart Lane (ATT 35,512) 2nd March 2014 - Kick off 16:30

Tottenham Tottenham Hotspur vs Cardiff City Cardiff

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  2. Tottenham hold on to beat Cardiff 1-0 at White Hart Lane thanks to Roberto Soldado's first-half goal.

  3. 90+4

    Juan Cala is booked by Phil Dowd.

  4. 90+3

    The ball comes in and Michael Dawson - who else - heads away.

  5. 90+2

    Aaron Lennon hands the ball back to Cardiff and now the visitors have a corner and goalkeeper David Marshall comes forward.

  6. 90+1

    We're into stoppage time at White Hart Lane. It's been an unconvincing display from Spurs, but a moment of magic may just have won this game.

  7. 90

    Michael Dawson makes another wonderful clearance. He's been simply outstanding today.

  8. 89

    Nacer Chadli sends Harry Kane through on goal but his low toe-poke is well saved by David Marshall.

  9. Sandro picks up a booking for throwing the ball away.

  10. 87

    Kyle Naughton's free-kick from the right is just dreadful and Cardiff clear their lines.

  11. 85

    Tottenham manager Tim Sherwood applauds Emmanuel Adebayor for his hard work.

  12. 84

    Mats Moller Daehli is well tackled by Sandro.

  13. The goalscorer Roberto Soldado is replaced by 20-year-old Harry Kane.

  14. 82

    Jordon Mutch slams the free-kick straight into the wall.

  15. 81

    Time is running out for the visitors as Fraizer Campbell is caught by Sandro about 30 yards from goal and in a central position.

  16. 79

    Cardiff have failed to score in seven of their last nine games. Will it be 10? Kenwyne Jones tangles with his own player in Fraizer Campbell. That gets a big cheer from the home supporters!

  17. 78

    Tottenham are struggling in the final third, but Cardiff are also lacking quality in attack.

  18. 76

    The flag is up against Emmanuel Adebayor in the middle.

  19. 75

    Mousa Dembele hacks down Kim Bo-Kyung. The header down is comfortable for Hugo Lloris.

  20. Meanwhile, Kenwyne Jones has come on for the injured Fabio as a striker replaces a defender. That will mean another change in formation - possibly 4-4-2.

  21. Paulinho is replaced by Sandro as one Brazilian comes on for another.

  22. 71

    Fabio is in trouble and may have to come off with an injury.

  23. Nacer Chadli replaces Andros Townsend in a like-for-like.

  24. 69

    Andros Townsend's cross is played behind Roberto Soldado, who was lurking in the box.

  25. 68

    Cardiff manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer scored seven goals against Spurs as a player. How the Bluebirds wish he was on the field right now!

  26. 67

    Tottenham manager Tim Sherwood may decide to tinker with his formation now that Cardiff have loaded up in the middle of the park.

  27. 65

    Jan Vertonghen gets a standing ovation for a audacious piece of skill, getting past two Cardiff players. Roberto Soldado is then felled by Ben Turner on the left edge of the area.

  28. Double change for Cardiff here. Aron Gunnarsson is replaced by Jordon Mutch for his 50th appearance. Meanwhile, Mats Moller Daehli comes on for Craig Bellamy. This will also mean a change in formation for the Bluebirds.

  29. 61

    Fabio gets in behind the Spurs backline, but is unable to trouble Hugo Lloris.

  30. 60

    Andros Townsend takes the ball on and fires his right-foot shot high over the crossbar from 25 yards.

  31. 59

    Fraizer Campbell catches Michael Dawson with a lose hand. The defender is hard as nails though and doesn't waste any time getting straight back up.

  32. 57

    Kim Bo-Kyung comes together with Mousa Dembele in the area, but nothing is given. Dembele did well to avoid any contact.

  33. 55

    Gary Medel's diagonal free-kick is aimed at Steven Caulker but he is unable to direct his header towards goal.

  34. 53

    Andros Townsend's left-foot bender is well caught by David Marshall.

  35. 52

    Aaron Lennon is caught by Declan John right on the edge of the area. Referee Phil Dowd had a think about giving a penalty, but replays show that it was inches outside, so a good decision.

  36. 50

    Aaron Lennon's fine run comes to an end after an excellent challenge from Ben Turner.

  37. 49

    Cardiff's current goalless run spans 359 minutes but Steven Caulker will feel he should have ended that drought in the first-half.

  38. 48

    Five of Tottenham's seven Premier League defeats this season have come following Thursday's Europa League football and Cardiff head coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will want his side to have a go in this half.

  39. 47

    Tottenham manager Tim Sherwood will want his side to up the tempo in this second 45 minutes.

  40. 46

    Cardiff get us underway in this second-half. There's still plenty of life left in this game.

  41. 17:25

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  42. Tottenham are now 1/7 to claim victory with our friends @Skybet, who make Cardiff 20/1 and the draw 5/1. Emmanuel Adebayor is 4/1 to score next while Craig Bellamy is 16/1. I went for Tottenham to win 4-0 this afternoon and that scoreline was priced at a healthy 14/1. It has now been cut to 12/1. Head now to SKYBET to place your bets on this match.

  43. SPURS AHEAD AT THE BREAK: Spurs are on course to recording their fourth win in five Premier League home matches and also look set to cut the gap on fourth-placed Manchester City to four points. They lead Cardiff City 1-0 thanks to a fine counter-atatcking goal by Roberto Soldado. The goal came just before the half hour mark when Emmanuel Adebayor's found the Spain international in the box with a slick pass and the striker took the ball in his stride before calmy finishing into the far corner with consummate ease. It was Soldado's first Premier League goal at White Hart Lane from open play and his 11th of the season. The Bluebirds should have levelled soon after when Steven Caulker headed Craig Bellamy's corner against the crossbar with Hugo Lloris rooted to his line.

  44. Tottenham lead Cardiff City 1-0 at the break.

  45. 45

    We're into TWO added minutes of stoppage time. It's been an entertaining opening 45 minutes at the Lane.

  46. 43

    The high-flying London side have sat back since their opening goal.

  47. 41

    Declan John's opts to have a pop at the near post, but Hugo Lloris has his angles covered.

  48. 39

    Just watching a replay of that Steven Caulker chance. The former Tottenham defender was a yard out when he struck the crossbar.

  49. 37

    Cardiff's next game is at home to Fulham as the Premier League's bottom two sides clash. How big will that clash be!

  50. Opta Stat: Emmanuel Adebayor has scored eight goals and assisted three in 12 Premier League games under Tim Sherwood.

  51. 35

    Cardiff have failed to score in five of their last six meetings with Tottenham in all competitions. They are looking to more likely to get the next goal in this contest though.

  52. 33

    Jan Vertonghen makes a last-gasp intervention otherwise Kim Bo-Kyung would have been in.

  53. 32

    Cardiff are enjoying a good spell and have put Spurs on the back-foot since the opening goal.

  54. 30

    OFF THE CROSSBAR!!! Steven Caulker heads the ball from a matter of a few yards out against the woodwork with Hugo Lloris rooted to his line.

  55. 28

    WONDERFUL FINISH!!! Roberto Soldado scores his first Premier League goal at White Hart Lane from open play - his 11th of the season. Hugo Lloris' punch falls to Andros Townsend and he finds Emmanuel Adebayor who runs at defenders before finding the Spaniard in the box. Soldado takes the ball in his stride before calmy finishing into the far corner.

  56. GOAL!!! ROBERTO SOLDADO

  57. 27

    Cardiff have won just once in their last 11 Premier League matches, a 2-1 over Norwich in early February. They earn a free-kick on halfway.

  58. 25

    Craig Bellamy overhits his attempted through ball for Kim Bo-Kyung. City are finding runners from midfield.

  59. 24

    Spurs are looking to avoid their first set of back-to-back league defeats since November when they fell to Newcastle and Manchester City.

  60. 23

    Roberto Soldado drags down Fraizer Campbell on halfway.

  61. 22

    DAWSON CLOSE AGAIN! Michael Dawson makes a great run towards the near post but can only direct his glancing header wide of the far post. The defender is getting closer!

  62. 20

    Michael Dawson smacks a volley - yes, I just did mention Dawson and volley in the same sentence ... just wide of the target.

  63. 18

    Kyle Naughton's inswinging free-kick is headed on target by the towering Michael Dawson but goalkeeper David Marshall is well positioned.

  64. 16

    Rain has arrived in north London which should make for a slick surface.

  65. 15

    The Bluebirds looks to have gone to five at the back and counter-attacking Spurs. That's the plan anyway. Andros Townsend laces a firecracker from the edge of the box and has David Marshall in trouble. The goalkeeper has to get his body behind it.

  66. 14

    Zeki Fryers' delicious left-foot cross is almost gobbled up in the middle by Emmanuel Adebayor.

  67. 13

    Craig Bellamy has strong words with referee Phil Dowd and is lucky not to go into the book.

  68. Kim Bo-Kyung is booked for a very, very late challenge on Zeki Fryers. Easy decision!

  69. 11

    Emmanuel Adebayor right-foot bender is blocked by the wall.

  70. 10

    Fabio catches Andros Townsend on the left-hand side and just outside the area. Dangerous position this!

  71. 9

    It's been a good start to this match at White Hart Lane. End-to-end stuff. Can't ask for much more with both sides going for it!

  72. 8

    Andros Townsend gives the ball away and Bellamy finds Fabio, but his goalbound effort is brilliantly blocked by Michael Dawson.

  73. 7

    Fraizer Campbell goes to ground and this is set up for Craig Bellamy, but his 30 yarder was always heading over the crossbar.

  74. 5

    Roberto Soldado's header eight yards from goal is intervented by Ben Turner. The Spain international has scored one Premier League goal from open play all season!

  75. 4

    Andros Townsend cuts inside before firing his low right-foot strike wide of the near post.

  76. 3

    CHANCE! Kyle Naughton plays a lovely pass in behind the full-back for the flying Aaron Lennon and his cross is turned over the crossbar by the dangerous Roberto Soldado.

  77. 2

    The weather is mild in north London. Spurs are seven points off the Champions League spots and after today, they have Chelsea and Arsenal to come - a tough March.

  78. 1

    Tottenham are wearing their traditional home white kit while Cardiff are in their red shirts, white shorts and red socks. The hosts have won their last five Premier League games with referee Phil Dowd in charge.

  79. 16:28

    Just to let you know Spurs fans, Christian Eriksen is out due to a back injury as the teams prepare for kick-off.

  80. 16:20

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  81. 16:15

    Couple of stats to bring you as we approach the 16.30 (GMT) kick-off at White Hart Lane. Last five league matches: Tottenham L D W W L; Cardiff L W L D L. Top scorers: Roberto Soldado (Tottenham) 10; Fraizer Campbell (Cardiff) 8. Match odds: H 1-3 A 8-1 D 4-1.

  82. Tottenham are 1/3 to claim victory with our friends @Skybet, who make Cardiff 17/2 and the draw 15/4. Emmanuel Adebayor heads the first goalscorer market at 5/2 having scored eight Premier League goals in 11 appearances, although only one of them has come at home. Roberto Soldado is 7/2 to score first while Andros Townsend is 11/2. Christian Eriksen looks like a good bet to bag the opening goal at 6/1. Fraizer Campbell is a 10/1 shot for the Bluebirds, while Kenwyne Jones is 11/1 and the returning Craig Bellamy is 16/1. Adebayor and Bellamy both to score is priced at 11/1. I'm going for Tottenham to win 4-0 this afternoon and that scoreline is priced at a healthy 14/1. Head now to SKYBET to place your bets on this match.

  83. TOTTENHAM TEAM NEWS: Sandro is primed for a first Premier League appearance under Tim Sherwood after calf trouble, taking a seat on Spurs' bench. There is no place for Kyle Walker, despite the England defender having recovered from a hip problem.

  84. CARDIFF TEAM NEWS: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer throws Gary Medel back into action after a muscle tear, after hinting in midweek he would not risk the Chilean. Craig Bellamy starts for Cardiff in a return from suspension, while Jordon Mutch takes a seat on the bench after a hamstring problem.

  85. TOTTENHAM TEAM (4-4-2): Lloris; Naughton, Dawson, Vertonghen, Fryers; Lennon, Dembele, Paulinho, Townsend; Adebayor, Soldado.

  86. SUBSTITUTES: Friedel, Veljkovic, Bentaleb, Chadli, Sandro, Sigurdsson, Kane.

  87. CARDIFF CITY TEAM (4-1-3-2): Marshall, Caulker, Turner, Medel, Campbell, Kim, Gunnarsson, Cala, Fabio, Bellamy, John.

  88. SUBSTITUTES: Lewis, Jones, Mutch, Cowie, Theophile, Daehli, Zaha.

  89. REFEREE: Phil Dowd (Staffordshire) - Matches: 18, Reds 1 Yellows 80.

  90. 15:45

    Here come the teams...

  91. 15:41

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  92. 15:40

    Spurs are fifth and in the hunt for a Champions League place although they slipped to six points behind fourth-placed Liverpool after losing 1-0 at Norwich City last Sunday. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's men look far less of a resilient force than earlier in the campaign, with just a solitary point from their last four games.Cardiff have been knocked out of the FA Cup by Wigan, held to a goalless draw by Aston Villa, and embarrassingly hammered 4-0 by Hull. City are now one place off the foot of the table and three points shy of safety, and with a far inferior goal difference to the sides above them.

  93. 15:35

    Cardiff, who are 19th, one place off the bottom of the standings, face a difficult task at Tottenham with the high-flying London side's confidence boosted by their dramatic 3-1 win over Dnipro in the Europa League on Thursday. Emmanuel Adebayor, 30, is enjoying a new lease of life at White Hart Lane under head coach Tim Sherwood, netting five goals in his last four appearances including a crucial brace against the Ukrainians.

  94. EARLY TOTTENHAM TEAM NEWS: Brazil midfielder Sandro is in line to make his first league appearance under Tim Sherwood having started Thursday night's Europa League win over Dnipro following a calf injury while Kyle Walker may also feature having returned to training after recovering from a hip problem. Vlad Chiriches and Erik Lamela (both back) remained sidelined while Jermain Defoe will now link up with Toronto FC.

  95. EARLY CARDIFF TEAM NEWS: Striker Craig Bellamy returns to the Cardiff squad after serving a three-match suspension. Following the humiliating 4-0 home defeat to Hull last weekend, boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has vowed to make changes, and Bellamy is almost certain to be amongst them. Gary Medel could return after a recent lay-off with a thigh injury, whilst fellow midfielder Jordon Mutch is available again following a hamstring problem.

  96. 15:30

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  97. 15:30

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