Paulinho's stoppage-time winner for Tottenham settled a tense encounter against Cardiff to move Spurs into second place in the Premier League.

Bluebirds goalkeeper David Marshall produced a series of outstanding saves to keep the Londoners at bay.

But the Brazilian back-heeled in Erik Lamela's low cross right at the death.

Cardiff 0-1 Tottenham: Villas-Boas says late winner was justified

It was nothing more than Andre Villas-Boas' side deserved after dominating for long periods against Malky Mackay's dogged side.

Gylfi Sigurdsson was the first Spurs man to be denied by Scotland's Marshall, though at the other end Frenchman Hugo Lloris had to be alert when Fraizer Campbell was given the chance to open the scoring.

Home fans were convinced Lloris had handled the ball outside the area as he took it from Campbell's feet.

A goal for the hosts would have been against the run of play, however, a fact underlined when Andros Townsend's run and cut-back gave Roberto Soldado a chance.

Former Spurs defender Steven Caulker then had to block another Soldado effort, an intervention that indirectly produced the best save of the opening period.

Spurs' swift start

Tottenham have now won four of their first five Premier League encounters for the first time since 2009-10. And of 15 top-flight games against Cardiff, Spurs have won eight, drawn three and lost four.

Sigurdsson was first to the rebound, whipping in a low shot that seemed net-bound. But Marshall's instinctive dive and fingertip touch ensured the ball trickled harmlessly behind.

Having hardly been troubled in the Spurs goal, Lloris then gifted Cardiff a corner when he failed to control a long ball with his feet.

From the corner, Lloris was beaten by Ben Turner's header but the goal was ruled out for Aron Gunnarsson's goal-line tug on the keeper.

The hosts also had the first chance after the break as Craig Bellamy went clear on the right only for Lloris to intercept a cross intended for Peter Whittingham.

But the focus was back at the other end when Sigurdsson's drive - a strike so powerful it turned out to have burst the ball - came back off the cross-bar and Soldado's first-time follow-up produced a two-footed block from Marshall.

Cardiff 0-1 Tottenham: Malky Mackay - Hugo Lloris is a lucky man

Cardiff boss Mackay sent on former West Brom striker Peter Odemwingie for his debut as the hosts sought a winner.

The Nigeria international's introduction gave the hosts fresh impetus and everyone in the ground thought he had created the opener with a pull-back for Gunnarsson that the unmarked midfielder could only turn high over the bar.

Marshall continued his outstanding display to close down Kyle Naughton and again deny Soldado before Paulinho's cute finish finally broke Cardiff's resistance.

Cardiff City manager Malky Mackay: "The boys put in a magnificent effort against a very good team. The amount of chances we had, the disallowed goal. Hugo Lloris is a very lucky man tonight. It's about being more clinical but we matched a very good team toe to toe again.

"We put them under pressure and I'm very proud of my players. They're a great group to work with and I'm glad I'm in the trenches with them this season.

"They're relishing the size of the task this season and are giving as good as they get. They're loving the fact that we're in the Premier League and we're actually competing."

Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas: "Today it was different from normal in that there was justice in football. We created so many chances that there could only be one winner.

"Last season we had the best record away from home after Man United. We looked very strong. Bearing in mind the win they got against Man City there won't be many teams getting points here so I'm happy.

"[Cardiff's] David Marshall is a great goalkeeper. He did extremely well today. It's a great win. But I suffered a lot…like everyone else!"

Lineup, Bookings (4) & Substitutions (5)

Cardiff City

  • 01 Marshall
  • 03 Taylor
  • 04 Caulker
  • 06 Turner Booked
  • 28 Theophile-Catherine
  • 07 Whittingham
  • 08 Medel
  • 13 Kim Bo-Kyung
  • 17 Gunnarsson
  • 39 Bellamy (Cowie - 78' )
  • 10 Campbell (Odemwingie - 65' )

Substitutes

  • 32 Lewis
  • 05 Hudson
  • 18 Mutch
  • 19 Cowie
  • 11 Odemwingie
  • 20 Mason
  • 23 Maynard

Tottenham Hotspur

  • 25 Lloris
  • 02 Walker Booked
  • 05 Vertonghen
  • 16 Naughton
  • 20 Dawson Booked
  • 08 Paulinho
  • 17 Townsend Booked (Kane - 82' )
  • 19 Dembele
  • 22 Sigurdsson (Lamela - 71' )
  • 23 Eriksen (Holtby - 89' )
  • 09 Soldado

Substitutes

  • 24 Friedel
  • 06 Chiriches
  • 35 Fryers
  • 11 Lamela
  • 14 Holtby
  • 30 Sandro
  • 37 Kane
Ref: Clattenburg
Att: 27,815

Match Stats

Shots

6 29

On target

0 12

Corners

2 12

Fouls

5 7

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +5:06 Full time

Full Time The match has reached full-time.

90:00 +4:59

Clearance by Steven Caulker.

90:00 +4:46

Erik Lamela decides to take a short corner.

90:00 +4:19

Don Cowie manages to make a clearance.

90:00 +4:01

Peter Whittingham has an effort at goal. Joe Paulo Paulinho gets a block in.

90:00 +3:44

The referee cautions Roberto Soldado for time wasting.

90:00 +3:44 Booking

Booking

90:00 +2:19

Assist on the goal came from Erik Lamela.

90:00 +2:19 Goal scored

Goal! - Joe Paulo Paulinho - Cardiff 0 - 1 Tottenham Joe Paulo Paulinho scores with a right foot finish. Cardiff 0-1 Spurs.

90:00 +2:03

Steven Caulker makes a clearance.

90:00 +1:47

Michael Dawson has an effort at goal. Blocked by Steven Caulker.

90:00 +1:47

Corner taken by Erik Lamela.

90:00 +1:45

Ben Turner manages to make a clearance.

90:00 +1:27

David Marshall manages to make a clearance.

90:00 +1:23

Kyle Naughton crosses the ball.

90:00 +0:49

Andrew Taylor manages to make a clearance.

90:00 +0:47

Kyle Naughton crosses the ball.

90:00 +0:40

Joe Paulo Paulinho takes a shot. A parry by David Marshall prevents the goal.

90:00 +0:25

Clearance by Steven Caulker.

89:53

Kyle Walker takes the chance to get an effort at goal and missed to the right of the net.

89:08

Ben Turner makes a clearance.

89:05

Harry Kane delivers the ball.

88:55

Bo-Kyung Kim makes a clearance.

88:53

A cross is delivered by Erik Lamela.

88:29

Michael Dawson manages to make a clearance.

88:11 Substitution

Substitution Christian Eriksen leaves the field to be replaced by Lewis Holtby.

87:42

Harry Kane takes a shot and missed to the right of the goal.

86:34

Kevin Theophile-Catherine makes a clearance.

86:30

Christian Eriksen produces a cross.

86:26

Don Cowie manages to make a clearance.

86:22

Christian Eriksen crosses the ball in from the free kick.

85:46

Handball decision goes against Andrew Taylor.

85:32

Clearance made by Andrew Taylor.

84:26

Clearance by Ben Turner.

83:13

Roberto Soldado takes a shot and cleared the net.

83:12

Don Cowie makes a clearance.

83:10

Corner from the right by-line taken by Christian Eriksen.

82:26

Hugo Lloris restarts play with the free kick.

81:58

Handball by Peter Whittingham.

81:22

Clearance by Ben Turner.

81:18

Andrew Taylor manages to make a clearance.

80:59 Substitution

Substitution Harry Kane on for Andros Townsend.

80:37

Shot by Aron Gunnarsson cleared the net.

80:36

The ball is swung over by Peter Odemwingie.

80:28

Kyle Naughton makes a clearance.

78:06

Kyle Walker makes a clearance.

77:51

Ben Turner makes a clearance.

77:13 Substitution

Substitution Don Cowie replaces Craig Bellamy.

74:31

Michael Dawson takes the free kick.

74:15

Peter Odemwingie is caught offside.

73:46

Mousa Dembele manages to make a clearance.

73:42

Peter Whittingham restarts play with the free kick.

73:08

Unfair challenge on Peter Odemwingie by Jan Vertonghen results in a free kick.

72:58

Erik Lamela crosses the ball.

72:57

Kevin Theophile-Catherine manages to make a clearance.

72:31

Free kick taken by Hugo Lloris.

71:48

The referee blows for offside.

71:18

Clearance made by Michael Dawson.

71:00

Steven Caulker manages to make a clearance.

70:56

Hugo Lloris takes the free kick.

70:39 Substitution

Substitution Gylfi Sigurdsson goes off and Erik Lamela comes on.

70:06

The official flags Ben Turner offside.

70:01

Clearance by Michael Dawson.

69:59

Andrew Taylor takes the free kick.

69:19

Michael Dawson goes into the referee's book.

69:19 Booking

Booking

69:16

Michael Dawson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Bo-Kyung Kim.

68:14

Peter Odemwingie takes the chance to get an effort at goal and missed to the left of the goal.

67:32

Shot by Aron Gunnarsson cleared the crossbar.

67:06

Jan Vertonghen manages to make a clearance.

67:05

The ball is delivered by Peter Odemwingie.

65:34

Kyle Naughton takes a shot and cleared the bar.

65:16

Craig Bellamy makes a clearance.

65:14

Kevin Theophile-Catherine manages to make a clearance.

64:43

Clearance by Andrew Taylor.

64:41

Free kick taken by Jan Vertonghen.

64:31 Substitution

Substitution Fraizer Campbell goes off and Peter Odemwingie comes on.

63:47

The official flags Fraizer Campbell offside.

63:24

Andros Townsend takes the free kick. Mousa Dembele takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Blocked by Ben Turner. Shot by Andros Townsend. A parry by David Marshall prevents the goal.

62:30 Booking

Booking

62:30

Ben Turner is shown a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.

62:27

Ben Turner concedes a free kick for a foul on Andros Townsend.

61:57

Jan Vertonghen makes a clearance.

61:13

Gylfi Sigurdsson sends in a cross.

58:52

Peter Whittingham sends in a cross.

58:43

Peter Whittingham restarts play with the free kick.

58:11

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Fraizer Campbell by Kyle Naughton.

58:03

Clearance by Aron Gunnarsson.

56:39

Corner taken by Christian Eriksen from the left by-line.

56:15

Joe Paulo Paulinho takes a shot. David Marshall parries the ball away.

56:14

The ball is crossed by Gylfi Sigurdsson.

55:16

David Marshall takes the free kick.

54:44

Roberto Soldado is ruled offside.

53:44

Steven Caulker manages to make a clearance.

53:40

Joe Paulo Paulinho takes a shot. Blocked by Ben Turner.

53:36

Clearance by Kevin Theophile-Catherine.

53:22

Bo-Kyung Kim makes a clearance.

53:20

Clearance made by Craig Bellamy.

53:19

Christian Eriksen sends in a cross.

53:13

Aron Gunnarsson manages to make a clearance.

53:10

Corner taken by Christian Eriksen from the left by-line.

52:46

Ben Turner makes a clearance.

52:46

A cross is delivered by Kyle Naughton.

52:15

Clearance made by Steven Caulker.

51:12

Shot by Joe Paulo Paulinho cleared the bar.

50:37

Clearance by Steven Caulker.

50:35

Kyle Walker crosses the ball.

50:30

Roberto Soldado takes a shot. Parried by David Marshall back into danger.

50:28

Gylfi Sigurdsson takes the chance to get an effort at goal and hits the bar.

49:39

Andros Townsend takes a shot. David Marshall makes a block.

49:30

Bo-Kyung Kim makes a clearance.

49:28

Aron Gunnarsson manages to make a clearance.

49:26

Corner taken by Christian Eriksen from the left by-line.

49:02

Clearance by Kevin Theophile-Catherine.

48:59

Roberto Soldado produces a cross.

48:00

The ball is swung over by Gylfi Sigurdsson.

47:34

Michael Dawson manages to make a clearance.

47:31

Corner taken by Craig Bellamy.

47:03

Craig Bellamy takes a shot. Blocked by Michael Dawson.

47:02

Michael Dawson makes a clearance.

46:58

Free kick crossed by Peter Whittingham.

46:33 Booking

Booking

46:33

Andros Townsend is shown a yellow card.

46:30

Andros Townsend concedes a free kick for a foul on Bo-Kyung Kim.

46:14

Clearance made by Ben Turner.

45:24

The ball is sent over by Craig Bellamy.

45:01

The game restarts for the second half.

45:00 +3:05 Half time

Half Time The first half comes to an end.

45:00 +2:31

Clearance by Michael Dawson.

45:00 +2:28

Peter Whittingham restarts play with the free kick.

45:00 +1:50

Foul by Michael Dawson on Bo-Kyung Kim, free kick awarded.

45:00 +0:55

Ben Turner makes a clearance.

45:00 +0:52

Christian Eriksen sends in a cross.

44:54

Clearance by Ben Turner.

44:13

Hugo Lloris restarts play with the free kick.

43:45

Hugo Lloris fouled by Aron Gunnarsson, the ref awards a free kick.

43:41

Corner from the right by-line taken by Peter Whittingham.

40:30

Michael Dawson restarts play with the free kick.

40:00

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Andros Townsend by Fraizer Campbell.

37:33

Clearance by Jan Vertonghen.

36:56

Clearance made by Aron Gunnarsson.

36:53

Corner from the right by-line taken by Christian Eriksen.

36:24

Andros Townsend takes a shot. Blocked by Aron Gunnarsson.

35:51

Steven Caulker manages to make a clearance.

33:14

Andros Townsend takes the chance to get an effort at goal. David Marshall safely holds on.

32:46

Ben Turner manages to make a clearance.

29:43

Ben Turner manages to make a clearance.

26:34

Gary Medel takes a shot and cleared the crossbar.

25:46

Mousa Dembele manages to make a clearance.

25:44

Kevin Theophile-Catherine delivers the ball.

25:16

Kyle Walker makes a clearance.

25:10

Clearance by Kyle Walker.

24:28

Header at goal by Michael Dawson goes over the bar.

24:26

Corner from the right by-line taken by Christian Eriksen.

24:04

Clearance by Ben Turner.

24:01

A cross is delivered by Andros Townsend.

23:27

Andrew Taylor restarts play with the free kick.

23:05

Free kick awarded for a foul by Roberto Soldado on Andrew Taylor.

22:58

Kevin Theophile-Catherine manages to make a clearance.

22:56

The ball is swung over by Andros Townsend.

22:29

Clearance by Peter Whittingham.

22:11

Kyle Walker takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Gylfi Sigurdsson takes a shot. David Marshall parries the effort to safety. Gary Medel gets a block in.

22:15

Craig Bellamy manages to make a clearance.

22:13

Steven Caulker makes a clearance.

22:08

Clearance made by Andrew Taylor.

22:07

Andros Townsend produces a cross.

21:30

Joe Paulo Paulinho takes the free kick.

21:18

Andros Townsend fouled by Aron Gunnarsson, the ref awards a free kick.

19:41

Header at goal by Joe Paulo Paulinho misses left of the target.

19:39

Corner from the taken by Christian Eriksen.

19:08

Christian Eriksen takes a shot. Roberto Soldado takes a shot. Steven Caulker gets a block in.

18:40

Clearance by Kevin Theophile-Catherine.

18:02

Kevin Theophile-Catherine produces a cross.

17:13

Free kick taken by David Marshall.

16:37

Gylfi Sigurdsson is penalised for handball and concedes a free kick.

15:57

Gylfi Sigurdsson produces a cross.

15:28

Andros Townsend takes a shot. Ben Turner gets a block in.

14:39

Corner taken by Christian Eriksen from the left by-line.

14:10

Christian Eriksen has an effort at goal. David Marshall parries the effort to safety.

13:24

Michael Dawson restarts play with the free kick.

13:11

The official flags Fraizer Campbell offside.

12:51

Clearance made by Kevin Theophile-Catherine.

11:57

Andros Townsend has an effort at goal. Blocked by Aron Gunnarsson.

11:55

Clearance by Ben Turner.

11:53

Corner taken by Christian Eriksen.

10:35

Chance falls to Gylfi Sigurdsson who heads at goal. David Marshall blocks the ball.

10:33

Kyle Naughton crosses the ball.

9:47

Clearance by Ben Turner.

9:42

Gylfi Sigurdsson crosses the ball.

9:22

Andrew Taylor manages to make a clearance.

9:20

Corner taken by Christian Eriksen from the .

8:49

Roberto Soldado takes the chance to get an effort at goal. David Marshall parries the ball away.

8:07

Joe Paulo Paulinho takes the free kick.

7:55

Peter Whittingham challenges Joe Paulo Paulinho unfairly and gives away a free kick.

6:48

Free kick taken by Steven Caulker.

6:10

Kyle Walker goes into the book.

6:10 Booking

Booking

5:43

Kyle Walker challenges Peter Whittingham unfairly and gives away a free kick.

4:38

Free kick taken by Michael Dawson.

4:26

The referee blows for offside against Fraizer Campbell.

3:29

Kyle Naughton takes a shot and missed to the left of the goal.

3:27

Kevin Theophile-Catherine manages to make a clearance.

3:24

A cross is delivered by Christian Eriksen.

1:51

Kyle Naughton makes a clearance.

1:49

Fraizer Campbell crosses the ball.

0:44

Gylfi Sigurdsson makes a clearance.

0:43

A cross is delivered by Craig Bellamy.

0:36

Michael Dawson manages to make a clearance.

0:33

Centre by Kevin Theophile-Catherine.

0:00

The match begins.

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