Tottenham vs Cardiff
Newly promoted Cardiff City travelled to Tottenham on Saturday afternoon in search of their first Premier League win of the season.
Before today’s game, Cardiff had played seven league games, lost five and drew two.
Cardiff’s two draws came against Newcastle United and Huddersfield Town, two very winnable games.
Spurs, on the other hand, came into this game 4th in the league.
Tottenham did have a bit of a dip in form losing to Liverpool and Watford in the league.
However, they have since picked up wins vs Brighton and Huddersfield in the league.
Plus, with Manchester City and Liverpool playing each other this weekend, it was a great chance for Spurs to gain some ground on their rivals.
Tottenham scrape a win
The game started off very well for Tottenham.
They dominated from the start and would eventually be rewarded as Eric Dier put them 1-0 inside eight minutes.
However, once Spurs scored, Tottenham failed to kill off the game and allowed Cardiff to put pressure on them.
Son Heung-min would beat several defenders to the by-line before cutting it back to Lucas Moura.
Lucas was in a great position to make it 2-0 to Spurs but he shot wide.
Cardiff would then have a few good opportunities to level the score.
One of which came to Josh Murphy who tried to chip Hugo Lloris and failed.
Joe Ralls red card
The game would eventually finish 1-0.
But Cardiff could have got something out of the game if they had 11 men on the pitch for the full 90 minutes.
However, thanks to Joe Ralls red card in the 58th minute they did not and were unable to put enough pressure on the Spurs defence.
Ralls was awarded a straight red for his foul on Lucas.
Ralls clearly meant to bring down Lucas, however, the foul took place near the halfway line and was not denying an obvious goal scoring opportunity.
As a result, Ralls red card has caused quite the debate on Twitter.
Great decision by Mike Dean. Ralls intentionally kicked Moura so entirely deserved the red card #TOTCAR
— Stef Grolleman (@sgrolleman1) October 6, 2018
Mike Dean, that’s not a red card offence. Joe Ralls is not the last man.#Befair
— Mezie Ibeh (@Mezie81) October 6, 2018
Ralls challenge on Moura is one of the most cynical you’ll see this season!
Argument against red card is that it wasn’t a goalscoring opportunity but it was an awful challenge that took Moura out a mile away from the ball.
Should be a red, whatever the rules! #TOTCAR
— Stan Collymore (@StanCollymore) October 6, 2018
5 live saying Kane’s reaction got Ralls sent off. Said ref was originally going for yellow
— Matthew Hawkins (@hawkins_matthew) October 6, 2018
WTF is Ralls doing??!! Red is a bit harsh as he wasn’t last man…
— Grant The Bluebird (@GrantRobertson0) October 6, 2018