After dominating another Premiership game it looked as if Spurs would have to settle for a point as Cardiff’s keeper David Marshall kept his team in it until the death. However, Paulinho’s late, late winner sealed a dramatic win and Andre Villas-Boas said after the match that it was no more than his team deserved.

“Today, it was different from normal in that there was justice in football,” Villas-Boas told BBC Sport. “We created so many chances that there could only be one winner.

“Bearing in mind the win they got against Manchester City there won’t be many teams getting points here, so I’m happy. David Marshall is a great goalkeeper. He did extremely well today.”

“It’s a great win. But I suffered a lot…like everyone else!”

The late introduction of Lewis Holtby had an influence when it came to finally unlocking the Cardiff defence and after being linked with a move away from the club via the gossip columns, the young German might be forcing his way into the starting line up for next week’s home match with Chelsea.

The win takes us back into second but before that Chelsea clash, the team, possibly a much changed XI, will travel to Aston Villa for Tuesday night’s Capital One Cup tie.



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