Tottenham 1 Cardiff 0: Eric Dier’s first Premier League goal in 546 days leads Spurs to win over ten-man Bluebirds

NEIL WARNOCK launched a furious F-word blast at Harry Kane as Cardiff crashed again.

Eric Dier’s early strike fired Tottenham up to third in the table and equalling their best-ever start to a Premier League season.

Eric Dier gave Tottenham a flying start with an early goal against Cardiff
Eric Dier gave Tottenham a flying start with an early goal against Cardiff
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Tottenham celebrate taking the lead in the opening minutes at Wembley
Tottenham celebrate taking the lead in the opening minutes at Wembley
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But Bluebirds boss Warnock vented his anger at Spurs striker, clearly blaming him for Joe Ralls’ 58th minute sending off.

Ralls was shown a straight red by ref Mike Dean for crudely hacking down Lucas Moura as the Brazilian seemed set to skin him down the wing.

Kane was so incensed he sprinted 30 yards and grappled the Bluebirds’ midfielder.

When Dean produced the red card, TV pictures showed Warnock standing in his technical area sarcastically applauding the England captain and shouting: “F**king well done, Harry.”

Eric Dier's comprehensive finish gave Spurs a dream start at home
Eric Dier’s comprehensive finish gave Spurs a dream start at home
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Eric Dier celebrated giving his side an early lead against the Bluebirds
Eric Dier celebrated giving his side an early lead against the Bluebirds
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Remarkably the visitors, still searching for their first Prem win of the season, nearly snatched a point when skipper Sean Morrison’s header was pushed on to the post by Spurs keeper Hugo Lloris.

The winning goal came in the eighth minute when Davinson Sanchez’s header from Kieran Trippier’s cross was blocked by Cardiff defender Joe Bennett, who failed to react quick enough to clear the ball allowing Dier to smash home from close range.

Sanchez and Moura went close to adding a second for the hosts, who had a let off when their defender Toby Alderweireld brilliantly cleared Josh Murphy’s shot off the line with Junior Hoilett about to pounce.

Victory leaves Tottenham with 18 points from eight games – their joint-best start to a Prem campaign, but the match was played in front of a crowd of just 43,268.

Joe Ralls was sent off for a cynical tackle on Lucas Moura on the hour mark
Joe Ralls was sent off for a cynical tackle on Lucas Moura on the hour mark
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Joe Ralls had earlier hacked down Lucas Moura at Wembley to see red
Joe Ralls had earlier hacked down Lucas Moura at Wembley to see red
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Harry Kane was booked for his part in Joe Ralls' sending-off at Wembley
Harry Kane was booked for his part in Joe Ralls’ sending-off at Wembley
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Tottenham players furiously rowed with Cardiff boss Neil Warnock
Tottenham players furiously rowed with Cardiff boss Neil Warnock
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Mauricio Pochettino and Neil Warnock shared a quick hug before the game
Mauricio Pochettino and Neil Warnock shared a quick hug before the game
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