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Tottenham blogger George Lacey casts his eye over the last-gasp win at the Cardiff City Stadium
It was a very typical Tottenham performance in Cardiff on Sunday evening – until the 93rd minute when Paulinho back heeled a winner to seal a 1-0 win.
In a match Spurs dominated in terms of possession and chances created, the hustling and bustling from the away side looked set to only earn Andre Villas-Boas side a draw at newly-promoted Cardiff City.
However, an uncharacteristic last-minute winner gave Spurs the points, sending them joint top of the league.
Gylfi Sigurdsson retained his place in the starting line-up after his brace earned Tottenham a 2-0 win over Norwich last time out.
With Danny Rose absent at left back, Villas Boas drafted in Kyle Naughton to fill the void and the makeshift full-back almost gifted Cardiff the ideal start just six minutes in.
His poor back pass to Hugo Lloris in the Tottenham goal gave Frazier Campbell a sniff, only for the Spurs keeper to rush off his line in similar fashion to his exploits at The Emirates a few weeks ago, to palm the ball away.
After a goalless first half, Spurs come flying out the traps after the interval and David Marshall in the Cardiff goal saved the home side on numerous occasions as the game looked to slip away from Tottenham’s grasp. It was beginning to look like the chance to go top of the league was going to go begging.
Spurs boss AVB then made two game-changing substitutions in Erik Lamela and Lewis Holtby and the pair combined to provide Brazilian Paulinho for his first Premier League goal, his clever back-heeled finish sealing the win within moments of the final whistle.
Despite his £17m pound arrival, midfielder Paulinho was an unknown talent to many a Spurs fan until he helped guide his native Brazil to a remarkable Confederations Cup win during the summer.
Although, it is his displays so far in a Spurs shirt that have earned him rave reviews and his great early season form rewarded him with a match winner in a game where a typical Spurs side of recent seasons would have dropped points.
However, this new look Spurs outfit look to be finding their feet as Andre Villas-Boas’s side continue their solid start to the season. Next up, It’s familiar foe in Chelsea at White Hart Lane as the master Jose Mourinho goes head-to-head with his apprentice.