Spent the first half beating away various efforts from Spurs' frontline and carried on in much the same vein throughout the second period. His best moment came in sprawling to deny Paulinho in stoppage time, only to see the Brazilian flash the winner past him a minute later. Cruel.
Struggled to get on the ball and showcase his signature composure but coped well with Roberto Soldado's non-stop movement.
Saw a first half headed goal rightly chalked off for a foul on Michael Dawson. Otherwise Solid, allowing Spurs next to no clear-cut chances.
Was dealt a potentially tough hand in his direct opponent, Andros Townsend, but Taylor kept the winger fairly quiet despite him seeing much of the ball. Didn't do a huge amount going forward, but wasn't expected to.
K. Théophile Catherine
The distinctively named full-back began the game with a number of surging bursts forward but couldn't continue in such a vain with his side finding themselves under pressure for much of the remainder. Defensively sound.
Saw little of the ball during the frantic opening half hour, but after that managed to display his usual mature distribution and took his set-pieces with near-faultless whipped precision.
Regained possession a number of times with the sort of muscular aggression that the club will have paid their money for.
Glided about the pitch at his own pace, showing plenty of subtle invention and never wasted possession, however frenetic things got in midfield. A lovely player to watch.
Toiled up front to little effect. Was generally outnumbered by Spurs defenders but never showed the sort of technical ability to trouble his opponents. Snatched at a late half-chance that could have won the game.
The most dangerous of his side's forwards but was still feeding off little beyond scraps for much of the game. Troubled with his pace and his anticipation probably should have meant an early red card for Hugo Lloris. Replaced on the hour mark.
Tenacious and terrier-like as ever but to little effect. Ensured that Spurs' rearguard had minimal time on the ball but never caught a sight of goal. Replaced with 10 minutes to go.
Was fortunate to remain in the field after the seventh minute when he appeared to handle the ball just outside his box in cutting out Kyle Naughton's blind backpass. As usual, was habitually quick off his line and decisive in dealing with any incoming danger.
Carried the ball into midfield well on a few occasions and dealt fairly comfortably with most of Cardiff's forward play. Booked for a reckless second-half lunge.
Deputised at left back for the injured Danny Rose, and was bailed out of trouble by his goalkeeper early on following a poor error. Didn't let it affect his confidence, though, and spent much of the game driving on ambitiously despite being stationed on his less comfortable flank.
A tidy, decent game without any real incision. Well worth his place but still yet to recover the searing form of two seasons' ago.
Comfortable stepping out with the ball and was the classiest of a back four that spent the game generally untroubled.
Had an early sighter parried around the post by David Marshall that he could perhaps have done better with. Didn't enjoy the space on the ball that he did last week, but offers the central goal-threat and link play that was lacking before his arrival.
Seems to have stepped his game up a level in response to Spurs' summer influx, today showing more of the lateral movement and edge-of-the-box goal threat that was such a hallmark of his Swansea days. Desperately unlucky to see a near-perfect second half curler clatter back off the woodwork and equally unfortunate to be replaced with 20 minutes to go.
Kept his place on the back of a promising start to the season and was ruthlessly direct with his goal-ward dribbling from the right flank. Showed little in the way of tangible end-product, though, and lacks variety in his game. Sacrificed towards the end.
Generally tidy in midfield but it's hard to escape the conclusion he could offer a tad more creatively. Was let down on at least one occasion by an overly casual touch, though he and Paulinho did little wrong as a deep-lying partnership.
The eventual match-winner was quietly authoritative without offering any real forward thrust until the dying moments. Worked Andy Marshall with two of his forays into the opposition box and scored with the other - perhaps there should have been more.
Kept Marshall on his toes with an early snapshot and spent the first half looking busy and intelligent without seeming especially dangerous. An apparent inability to engineer his own chances is an increasing worry.