Pochettino demands consistency from title-chasing Spurs

Pochettino demands consistency from title-chasing Spurs

Pochettino demands consistency from title-chasing Spurs

Mauricio Pochettino admitted it was vital for Tottenham Hotspur to start the new year with a bang and record a "massive" victory at Cardiff City that reignites their hopes of staying in the Premier League title race.

Kane had failed to breach Cardiff's defence in his three previous matches against the Welsh club and only did so this time because of a touch of fortune.

He soon reached the 100-goal milestone and his goal against Cardiff took him to 122 goals in 171 Premier League appearances.

Danny Rose was recalled to the starting XI by manager Mauricio Pochettino and he proved his value to the team.

Tottenham bounced back from a 3-1 home loss to Wolverhampton Wanderers, which was their first game since seriously entering the title conversation.

Spurs never looked back at Cardiff after Kane opened the scoring in the third minute, albeit through a slice of good fortune after Sean Morrison's attempted clearance struck the England captain and flew in. In-form Son was the next to find the net in the 26th minute, finishing well from a tight angle - the 11th goal Son has been involved in his last eight league starts. 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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"But I will be in a neutral position trying to enjoy the game".

"I don't care. Of course I will watch, it will be an unbelievable game and I enjoy football", he said.

Cardiff remain three points above the relegation zone, with heavy home defeats against Manchester United and Tottenham bookending the four points picked up in away games at Crystal Palace and Leicester.

Boss Neil Warnock felt that Cardiff paid the price for a sloppy start, just as they did against United.

"I was very pleased with the performance and we were so clinical from the beginning". Kane's support play is often overlooked, and once again he held the ball up and brought others into play expertly at the Cardiff City Stadium.

"I think they should step in now and rather than six or seven weeks, they should make it until the end of the season now and enforce it now".

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