Spurs keep top four hopes alive as Soldado strikes

Sun Mar 2, 2014 3:09pm EST
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By Mike Collett

LONDON (Reuters) - Tottenham Hotspur kept alive their hopes of a top four Premier League finish when Roberto Soldado scored the only goal at White Hart Lane to give them a 1-0 win over relegation-threatened Cardiff City on Sunday.

Soldado, who has struggled to justify the 30 million euros ($41.43 million) Spurs paid Valencia for his signature last year, finished off a sizzling counter-attack after 28 minutes to score what proved to be the match-winner and lift them on to 53 points from 28 matches although they stay in fifth place.

It was his sixth league goal of the season but only his second from open play with the other four coming from penalties.

Chelsea lead the standings with 63 points, followed by Liverpool and Arsenal on 59 and Manchester City who have 57 and two games in hand on the teams around them.

City were not playing in the league as they beat Sunderland 3-1 at Wembley in the Capital One (League) Cup final to win the first silverware of the domestic season.

The result at White Hart Lane kept Spurs in sight of a Champions League place for next season.

"That's our goal but its huge ask and we are not giving up, we believe we can do it," manager Tim Sherwood told reporters.

"It's tough, we are in the fight, Everton, even Newcastle probably. What we want to do is muck up as many other people's seasons as possible and enhance our own and we are going for it."   Continued...

Tottenham Hotspur's Roberto Soldado (L) scores against Cardiff City during their English Premier League soccer match at White Hart Lane in London, March 2, 2014. REUTERS/Toby Melville