Christian Eriksen of Tottenham Hotspur celebrates after scoring against Cardiff

Tottenham moved second in the Premier League as a first-half flurry gave them a comfortable 3-0 win at Cardiff on New Year’s Day.

Spurs were in complete control early on through Harry Kane’s messy finish, before Christian Eriksen’s low strike from 20 yards gave him his fourth goal in five league games.

Heung-Min Son scored from a tight angle to make it 3-0 and though Spurs had some half-chances to add to their lead in the second half, keeping a clean sheet seemed their priority.

The result means Spurs are a point above Manchester City and six behind Liverpool, with their title rivals in action on Thursday evening at the Etihad, live on Sky Sports Premier League. Cardiff are 16th, three points above the drop zone.

Looking to bounce back from their 3-1 defeat by Wolves on Saturday, Spurs were flying in the first half while barely moving out of second gear.

Kane had them ahead with his 18th goal of the season as Sean Morrison failed to clear from close range, the ball ricocheting off Kane’s thigh and past Neil Etheridge, meaning he has now scored against every Premier League side he has faced.

It was 2-0 shortly after as Kane started a move down the right for Moussa Sissoko, who squared for Son who then pushed it along to Eriksen. The Dane took his time and slotted into the bottom left corner through the legs of Bruno Manga to wrong-foot Etheridge.

It was 3-0 after only 26 minutes through Son, who found the far left corner from an acute angle on the right of the box after Kane’s touch had found him in space.

Cardiff’s first opportunity came after the break as sub Junior Hoilett saw a header well saved by Hugo Lloris from close range after Spurs let the ball bounce in the area, before Son came close to a second at the other end.

Spurs stayed in control and got their clean sheet, keeping them in the title race as attention turns to Thursday’s huge clash at the Etihad.