|OPPONENTS||Cardiff City at the Cardiff City Stadium|
|DATE||Tuesday 1st January 2019|
Neil Warnock is living up to the anagram of his name to try and play
mind games with the referee ahead of the meeting with Spurs after
Harry Kane was booked for diving in Saturday's game.
Interesting that he tells his players not to breathe on the players
of the top clubs, but he is OK with them scything them down when the
ball has long gone. The man is a dinosaur and that is often
typified by the way his teams play, as he knows no other way.
So, what cane we expect from this match to see in the New Year ? In my view, it will be much the same as any other Warnock team that we have faced. Lots of running around. Lots of "letting them know you're there" challenges. Lots of moaning at the ref. Lots of playing for set-pieces. The game earlier this season at Wembley was tough until Ralls was dismissed for a cynical hack at Lucas Moura, who had run past him before getting a premeditated kick because he knew he couldn't catch him. Warnock saw nothing wrong with it, sadly perhaps unsurprisingly.
They have some decent players, but they are crammed into Warnock's strict formation that is all about organisation and there is little room for imagination. Spurs will be hoping to get back on track after losing to Wolves, but they will need to find the energy that has seen off other teams and move the ball a lot better than they did in the last match. The movement of the ball to keep Cardiff running round could be the key to wearing down their resistance and we need to convert more of the chances we make, as in the first half against Wolves, we spurned the ones that could have taken us into a commanding lead. I suppose after the game against Everton and Bournemouth, there was going to be one game where we didn't score a hatful of goals.
It would be very pleasing if we
could do so against Warnock's side, who are struggling to stay
outside the bottom three and are managing it with one goal
victories, but I can't see that happening today, unless Kevin Friend
is persuaded by Warnock's sad ramblings.
|PREDICTION||Cardiff City 1 Tottenham Hotspur 2|
|Premier League||Kick off 17:30|
Tottenham Hotspur 3 (3)
Kane 02m 20s
|Crowd : 32,485||Weather : Chilly, dry|
|Referee : Kevin Friend (Leicestershire)||Assistant Referees : Mr. S. Burt; Mr. M. Wilkes|
|Fourth Official : Simon Hooper|
|Cardiff City kicked off and played towards the Family Stand end in the first half.|
|Game time : - 90 + 6 minutes.|
Bamba (foul on Son) 52
|Cardiff City :||kit||Tottenham Hotspur :||kit|
Oliver SKIPP 76)
10 Harry KANE
|Manager : Neil Warock||Manager : Mauricio Pochettino|
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More or less the same Spurs side that lost at Wembley to Wolves took on Cardiff in Wales on New Yearís Day and came out of the game, unusually unbattered or bruised, but with three points safely in the bag by half-time, allowing them to ease of in the second half safe in the knowledge that Cardiff were unwilling to do much about it.
Neil Warnock should not have
annoyed Harry Kane with his claims about his diving, as two minutes
in, he had the ball in the Cardiff net. The ball was worked to him
in midfield and Harry sprayed it right to Trippier. His low cross
was aimed at Dele and Kane, who had continued his run and the ball
bounced off him, off Morrison and then off Kaneís knee to slowly
enter the goal at Etheridgeís right hand post. A goal so early was a
great start, but would Cardiff come back like Wolves did four days
For a side who had been
promoted to the Premier League, there were large gaps in the home
crowd areas at the start of the game. You would have thought that
the reason they wanted promotion was to see the top teams pit their
wits against their side, but apparently not so. They got a little
excited in the 51st minute when a deflected right wing cross was
left by Sanchez and Hoillett out-jumped Trippier at the far post to
make Lloris make a save at the foot of his right hand post, but it
was fairly straightforward.
The win was a good reaction to losing out to Wolves, but has little significance in the whole season, as most teams should beat Cardiff and only the remaining games will determine how important these three points were. A chance to rest some bigger names comes on Friday at Tranmere Rovers in the FA Cup, but all the games will be big games until the end of the season now.
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|What you thought|
|Benny The Ball||
There was no surprise that Warnock bleated on after the match about
hard done by his side were and that Sissoko should have been sent
off for a foul on Cunningham. Totally ignoring Bambaís crude stamp
on Sonís heel of course.
He really is a manager who is out of his time and now out of his depth. It is clear that he is form the school of "I'm not here to win friends" and there will be a long queue of people waiting for him to weigh in with their views on him when he decides to call it a day. What is it that they say about being nice to people on the way up ... ?
|Sid E Netting||I
bet that Cardiff fans would have been particularly pleased to hear
Arter say after the game that the game was lost at half- ime !
Commitment was lacking as their only aim for the remaining 45
minutes was to keep the score down. At least some of their
supporters must have known the teamís approach and that was why so
many of them failed to stay to the end.
|Other scores during this week :|
|Newcastle United||0||Manchester United||2||Wednesday|
|West Ham United London||2||Brighton & Hove Albion||2||Wednesday|
|Wolverhampton Wanderers||0||Crystal Palace||2||Wednesday|
|League Table 2018-19|
|10||West Ham United London||21||8||4||9||29||32||28||-3|
|13||Brighton & Hove Albion||21||7||5||9||24||29||26||-5|
Position before match :
Position after match : 2nd
Position after the midweek games : 3rd
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