Paulinho's Winner Rescues AVB and Spurs from Frustration Against Cardiff City
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Sometimes the game is not fair, even when it's fair.
Sometimes, you can get off 11 shots on target and not score, as Tottenham had done heading into extra time on Sunday. Host Cardiff City might have parked the bus in front of goal, but they left the door unlocked and the keys in the ignition. At times, it looked as if Spurs, who took 29 shots in all on the day, were taking target practice. (Note to Andros Townsend: No points for shooting dead center each time.) This from a team that beat Manchester City 3-2 last month?
Despite Spurs' dominance, it looked as if the strategy would pay off for overmatched Cardiff City, who seemed destined to emerge with a valuable point from a scoreless draw. But suddenly, in the 93rd minute and against the run of frustration, Paulinho deftly directed a pass from fellow summer signee Erik Lamela and -- finally -- Tottenham had a ball past keeper David Marshall.
With that winner, the most unfair result of the day was suddenly Marshall, my pick for
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