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06 October 2018 Venue Wembley Stadium Attendance

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Match Preview: Spurs vs. Cardiff City

5 October 2018

The Bluebirds head to Wembley on Saturday to take on Tottenham Hotspur.

Cardiff City were scheduled to face Mauricio Pochettino’s Spurs side at their new stadium, but the club confirmed that the move has been halted until the new year after safety concerns.

Spurs have been hit with injuries over the past few weeks - Christian Eriksen, Moussa Dembélé, Serge Aurier, Dele Alli and Jan Vertonghen have all been ruled out to face the Bluebirds.

Our opponents currently find themselves sat in fourth position having made a solid start to this season. They have won five out of their opening seven league matches which included an impressive display at Old Trafford where they defeated José Mourinho’s Red Devils 3-0.

In the hot seat

Pochettino arrived in North London in May 2014, departing Southampton after an eighteen-month spell and replacing Tim Sherwood as the Spurs boss. The Argentine secured a respectable fifth-place finish in his opening season in London and three consecutive top four finishes since.

Although Pochettino has guaranteed the club Champions League football, he was the only Premier League Manager not to introduce any new acquisitions to his squad in this summer’s transfer window. Though he has yet to get his hands onto silverware, his efforts haven’t gone unnoticed as the former Saints boss has won four Premier League Manager of the Month awards in October 2013, September 2015, February 2016 and April 2017.

Pochettino appeared 509 times professionally where he represented four different clubs as a defender. His time at Espanyol was his most successful, where he twice won the Copa Del Rey during the 1999-2000 and 2005-2006 seasons. Pochettino also represented the likes of Paris Saint-Germain and Argentinian outfit Newell’s Old Boys.

Memorable visit to Wembley

The Bluebirds hold fond memories of playing at England’s stadium, where in 2008 they defeated Barnsley 1-0 in the FA Cup Semi-Final, securing their place in the final against Portsmouth.

It was a Joe Ledley ninth minute volley which made the difference in securing the win for City. The Welshman’s sublime effort came after the Tykes failed to clear from a Tony Capaldi long range throw-in into the box.

The Bluebirds had the perfect opportunity to stretch their advantage to two, after Ledley chiselled out a pin-point cross to Gavin Rae, but the Scotsman failed to guide his header either side of Luke Steele and instead found the gloves of the shot-stopper.

But it was the Tykes who squandered the greatest opportunity of the match. With less than twenty-five minutes of the contest left to play, Kayode Odejayi found himself clean through on goal with only Peter Enckelman to beat, but the forward could only find the side netting, proving costly for Simon Davey’ side as the Bluebirds ran out deserved winners.

The 2008 FA Cup final - against Portsmouth - has the highest attendance for football in the stadium to date, selling 89,874 tickets.

Club Connections

Centre back Steven Caulker has played for both the Bluebirds and Spurs, transferring to Cardiff City from Tottenham in 2013 following City's promotion to the top flight. Caulker would prove to be intrumental thoughout the campaign, playing every minute of every league game in the season, picking up an impressive 5 goals in the process.

Perhaps Caulker's most famous contribution to Cardiff City history occured on November 3rd, 2013, when he scored the winning goal in the first ever South Wales derby match in the Premier League. In front of over 27,000 fans at Cardiff City Stadium, Caulker cleanly headed a corner kick from Craig Bellamy into the back of the Swansea net. This goal proved to be the only one in the highly anticipated match, earning the Bluebirds all three points.

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Match Reports

Match Report: Spurs 1-0 Cardiff City

Valiant Bluebirds defeated by a single goal at Wembley...

6 October 2018

Cardiff City suffered a 1-0 defeat against Champions League contenders Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley Stadium on Saturday

Neil Warnock made two changes to the Cardiff City line-up for the trip to the capital with Joe Bennett and Junior Hoilett returning to the starting side after recent injuries. There was more positive squad news for the Bluebirds as Iceland captain Aron Gunnarsson took up a spot on the substitutes bench for the first time this season.

City came into this match looking for their first win of the 2018/19 Premier League campaign – and showed their intent within the opening moments. Josh Murphy, fresh off his first competitive goal in blue last week against Burnley, attempted a strike from the halfway line, but it failed to test France international Hugo Lloris.

*The superb 3,000+ Cardiff City supporters who made the trip to Wembley, pictured above.

The positive start from the away side was met with defiance from the hosts – who managed to open the scoring after eight minutes. Eric Dier was on hand to meet a bouncing ball in the penalty area, firing home at close range to give Mauricio Pochettino’s team the advantage.

City attempted to fire back instantly, but Lloris did well to deny Harry Arter’s effort from 25-yards. The end-to-end first half continued with Davinson Sanchez’s shot blocked by Callum Paterson after 16 minutes before the Bluebirds had their best chance of the opening period.

The lively Murphy read some defensive miss-communication superbly on 23 minutes, running in behind the home defence to reach the ball wide on the right, 20-yards out. The former Norwich City winger dinked the ball over the outrushing Lloris only for Toby Alderweireld to clear off the line before Canadian international Hoilett could tap home inside the six-yard box. Central defender Sol Bamba headed wide from the resulting corner kick as Warnock’s men searched for an important levelling goal.

The away defence were having a strong half despite that early setback with captain Sean Morrison and Bruno Ecuele Manga both providing important blocks midway through the period. For the away side, Murphy continued to trouble – just beaten to the ball by Lloris outside the penalty area after 41 minutes, looking to meet a flick-on from makeshift forward Paterson.

The hosts had two clear chances to take a bigger lead into the break on 42 & 45 minutes respectively. Lucas Moura first tapped wide from six-yards before South Korean international Heung-Min Son fired over the crossbar when through on goal.

Spurs started the second period in a similar attacking style. Captain Morrison made a phenomenal block on the line after 46 minutes, somehow clearing Moura’s powerful effort after Neil Etheridge had initially saved from England captain Harry Kane.

City’s task of finding an equaliser was made even more difficult on 58 minutes as Joe Ralls was shown a straight red card. The midfielder, who made his Bluebirds bow in 2011, was sent from the field of play by referee Mike Dean after a cynical foul on former Paris Saint Germain man Moura.

Warnock’s 10-men continued their valiant display against all of the odds, and went close to equalising six minutes later. Morrison rose highest at the back post to meet the ball but his effort was turned onto the woodwork by experienced goalkeeper Lloris, with Spurs scrambling the ball to safety to maintain their lead.

The Bluebirds battled throughout but were under the cosh for the final 20 minutes with No.1 Etheridge and the dogged defence needed on a number of occasions to keep out Kane, substitute Lamela and their attacking cohorts.

Luck didn’t seem to be on the side of Cardiff City during this match, with one of the late tactical changes even biting back. Danny Ward seemed to suffer a muscle injury with five minutes remaining and was unable to continue. Bobby Decordova-Reid was called on to replace him.

It was a tough clash across the 90 minutes at Wembley Stadium, with Spurs holding out against City to secure a one-goal victory.

FINAL SCORE: TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR 1-0 CARDIFF CITY

Tottenham Hotspur: Lloris, Tripper, Rose (Davies 88’), Alderweireld, Sanchez, Dier, Sissoko (Wanyama 86’), Moura. Winks, Son (Lamela 72’), Kane. Subs Not Used: Gazzaniga, Walker-Peters, Skipp, Llorente.

Cardiff City: Etheridge, Manga, Bamba, Morrison, Bennett, Camarasa, Ralls, Arter, J. Murphy, Hoilett (Harris 78’), Paterson (Ward 78’ – Decordova-Reid 85’). Subs Not Used: B. Murphy, Richards, Gunnarsson, Zohore.

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Ticket News

Away Days - Ticket News: Spurs vs. Cardiff City

Wembley Stadium - Saturday, October 6th, 2018. KO: 3pm

16 September 2018

Tickets are to be sold in a strict selling order.

01/10/18

Away Tickets for this match have now sold out!

Ticket Prices:

Adults: £30.00
Over 65: £19.00
18-21yrs: £22.50
Junior U18: £17.00
Disabled Access Allocations: Prices as listed above with a Personal Assistant free of charge if required.

Please Note - tickets will not be permitted to be upgraded on the matchday, and Personal Assistants will not be accommodated if they arrive without the actual ticket holder.

On Sale Date + Selling Structure:

10am on Tuesday, 18th September until close of business on Tuesday, 25th September 2018.
Tickets will become available to current Season Ticket Holders, Club Members, and Flex5+ Members who attended four or more away league fixtures during the 2017/18 Season.

10am on Wednesday, 26th September 2018

The remaining tickets will become available to current Season Ticket Holders, Club Members, and Flex5+ Members.

Strictly one ticket per qualifying supporter. All tickets are subject to availability.

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