The full-time whistle goes, and Tottenham Spur holds on for a 1-0 victory. Burnley had chances in that second half but couldn’t make them count, and Spurs managed the game well to gain three vital points in the top-four race.
TOTTENHAM (3-4-3): Hugo Lloris; Davinson Sanchez, Eric Dier, Ben Davies; Emerson Royal, Rodrigo Bentancur, Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, Ryan Sessegnon; Lucas Moura, Harry Kane, Son Heung-Min.
TOTTENHAM SUBS: Pierluigi Gollini, Harry Winks, Joe Rodon, Dejan Kulusevski, Steven Bergwijn, Brandon Austin, Harvey White, Dane Scarlett, Matthew Craig.
BURNLEY (4-4-2): Nick Pope; Matt Lowton, Nathan Collins, Kevin Long, Charlie Taylor; Connor Roberts, Jack Cork, Josh Brownhill, Dwight McNeil; Maxwel Cornet, Ashley Barnes.
BURNLEY SUBS: Wayne Hennessey, Wout Weghorst, Aaron Lennon, Phil Bardsley, Anthony Mancini, Bobby Thomas, Owen Dodgson, Dara Costelloe, Joseph McGlynn.
GOOOOAAAALLLL!!!! Kane steps it up and drills the ball low into the left-hand corner, and with Pope unmoved, puts Spurs into a 1-0 lead!!!
The decision to award the spot-kick was contentious, with Barnes having little time to react to the ball, though his arm was outstretched. But, for Burnley interim coach Jackson, his fury was apparent.
Burnley manager said in his post-match press conference:
“I’ve just watched it back.
“I don’t think it’s a penalty. You have to look at what happens before the ball comes in. It’s an 18-yard box with bodies, and people are competing.
“Someone pulls Ash’s arm; he tries to keep his balance. How he can get out of the way of that, I don’t know. You don’t stand in an 18-yard box with your arms by your side. They’re up, and they’re using your strength. Nobody has even appealed for a penalty.
“How can you go back into the 18-yard box and there’s three shirt pulls, someone pulls someone’s arm – you’d never get the game going.
“I’m annoyed, but I’m proud of the group. They gave a right go. There’s a sign of fighting spirit. I don’t want to take my annoyance out on something when they played so well.”
So, what’s next?
Those three points send Spurs above Arsenal in the fourth and final Champions League place.
They’ve played a game more but now pressure their North London rivals to catch them.
Burnley remains 17th, above Leeds on goal difference, but misses the chance to move clear of the relegation zone, despite having chances.
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