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'Force Spurs to stay at Wembley,' says Cardiff boss

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Tottenham Hotspur\'s Son Heung-min takes a shot to score his side\'s third goal of the game against Cardiff, during their English Premier League soccer match at Cardiff City Stadium in Cardiff, Wales on Tuesday.

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AFP, Cardiff :
Cardiff City manager Neil Warnock believes Tottenham Hotspur should be made to play at Wembley for the rest of the season to avoid their rivals having any unfair advantage. Spurs, who beat Cardiff 3-0 to go second in the Premier League on Tuesday, have been prevented from returning to their rebuilt o850 million White Hart Lane because of delays to the building work.
An announcement on a date for them to move in is expected after January 7, but their next Premier League fixture, the home game against Manchester United on January 13, will take place at Wembley.
Four of Spurs' next five games are at home - one of which is against Cardiff's relegation rivals Newcastle - while they still have to entertain bottom-placed Huddersfield. Spurs have already beaten the second bottom and third bottom teams, Fulham and Burnley, at home this season.
Cardiff, who are 16th, three points above the relegation zone, were beaten 1-0 by Tottenham at Wembley on October 6.
"They have made that many cock-ups now with the timing, I think the Premier League should now force them to play at Wembley now for the rest of the season," said Warnock. "I don't think there should be a chance of any advantage to any of our opponents really.
"It's not our fault - we should have been playing at the new stadium ourselves, so I think they should step in now, rather than be there in six or seven weeks, or whatever it is." Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino stressed the importance of bouncing back after they recovered from their 3-1 defeat to Wolves to leapfrog Manchester City, six points behind leaders Liverpool. Goals in the first 26 minutes from Harry Kane, Christian Eriksen and Son Heung-Min made it a comfortable return to winning ways for Spurs. "It was so important to bounce back to build another positive run," said Pochettino. "It was so important for our confidence because in three days we start another competition - the FA Cup - and we have the semi-final of the League Cup against Chelsea.

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