Tottenham did not end the year as hoped.
In their last match of 2018, Tottenham failed to mark the halfway point of the season with a win, instead losing 3-1 to Wolverhampton, despite scoring first.
While the Wolves have had a solid campaign so far, Tottenham controlled much of the match, letting in all three goals in the final 20 minutes.
The match was a chance to push ahead of Manchester City in standings and putting them in second.
In their first match of 2019, the Spurs looked ready to put recent mistakes in the past, dominating a mostly uncontested 3-0 win in Cardiff City.
Cardiff City looked doomed from the first whistle, scrambling around to keep up as Tottenham tested the defense, pressing in the opening seconds.
It took a mere three minutes for the Spurs get one past Cardiff City. A cross from Spurs right back Kieran Trippier ricocheted against players from both teams, finally bouncing off both Cardiff defender Sean Morrison and Tottenham striker Harry Kane at seemingly the same time and rolling into the net. The goal was officially awarded to Kane.
Eight minutes later, Christian Eriksen doubled Tottenham’s lead, receiving a pass at the top of the 18-yard-box, teasing Cardiff defenders with a few fake jabs at the ball before sending it between the legs of defender Bruno Ecuele Manga and into the lower left side of the net.
Son Heung-min would top off Tottenham’s goals for the day. Placed in a true striker position for the match alongside Kane, the two struck gold 26 minutes in. Outnumbered against Cardiff’s defense four-to-two, Kane gave Son a flick pass to run onto. Son, out pacing the defense around him, received the ball 15 yards out from goal, taking three quick touches, giving him just enough space to slot his shot into the lower left corner of the goal.
Tottenham calmed their pace for the remainder of the match, not once earning another shot on goal following their 3-0 lead. Still, the Spurs controlled possession and gave Cardiff few chances to attack.
The win sends Tottenham back into second in league. This can hopefully give the Spurs confidence in a busy two weeks ahead of them. In that time, Tottenham will play Tranmere in the third round of the F.A. Cup on January 4, the first leg of the Football League Cup semifinals series against Chelsea on January 8, and a league game against Manchester United on January 13.