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Tottenham Hotspur 2-1 Burnley

By Shamoon HafezBBC Sport
Danny Rose
Danny Rose scored his second league goal of the season for Tottenham

Danny Rose scored the winner as Tottenham came from behind to beat Burnley in controversial circumstances in the Premier League.

Substitute Moussa Sissoko was given only a yellow card for a high, late tackle on Stephen Ward, before putting Rose through on goal in the next move, as the full-back smashed home at the near post.

"It was a blind challenge, a high challenge and simply a red card," said Burnley boss Sean Dyche.

Spurs were punished for a sloppy start as they failed to clear the ball, allowing Ashley Barnes to poke in the opener.

Prior to the goal, Dele Alli had struck the post from close range, before the midfielder restored parity by converting Kyle Walker's low cross.

Relive Tottenham's win over Burnley

Sissoko's contentious cameo

Moussa Sissoko
Moussa Sissoko joined Tottenham from Newcastle on transfer deadline day for £30m
  • 62 minutes: Replaces Mousa Dembele.
  • 69 minutes: Catches Ward on the knee with a right-footed, studs-high challenge.
  • 70 minutes: Breaks clear to the edge of the box before feeding Rose for the winner.

Burnley will rightly feel aggrieved as they were hanging on for an away point, with Spurs struggling to break their defence down in the second half until Sissoko's intervention.

Dyche added: "I don't want go on about the referee but Sissoko has to go off and he sets up the second goal - obviously I am very disappointed about that."

As referee Kevin Friend saw the incident and took action, no retrospective disciplinary case can be brought against the Frenchman by the Football Association.

Full-backs show the way forward

Average positions
The average position graphic shows Tottenham full-backs Kyle Walker (2) and Danny Rose (3) were pushing forward so much they were in the Burnley half for a lot of the match

Despite falling behind, Mauricio Pochettino's side dominated a match in which they had 30 shots at goal, forcing Burnley goalkeeper Tom Heaton into seven saves.

The England international stopped well from Harry Kane and Victor Wanyama, and dived full stretch to his left to keep out Christian Eriksen's drive.

Tottenham continued to pressurise their opponents down the flanks, and it was the home side's two full-backs who proved to be the difference.

Walker got forward to provide the assist for Alli's equaliser, while Rose - who put in more crosses than any other player on the pitch - found himself in the opposition area for the second goal.

Rose told BBC Sport: "The gaffer does not like us both being high up the pitch at the same time but we changed that today. The manager got his tactics spot on."

Victory leaves Spurs in fifth place in the table, but only one point behind rivals Arsenal, who lost 2-1 at Manchester City.

Away-day woes

Very cruel defeat for Burnley - Dyche

The Clarets got off to a good start and scored their first away goal of the season from open play courtesy of Barnes' opportunistic strike after haphazard Tottenham defending.

But the loss means they have picked up just one point from eight games on their travels this term.

More worryingly for Dyche's side will be their inability to create chances, with striker Andre Gray's effort straight at Hugo Lloris their only other shot on target.

The Lancashire side are just three points above the relegation zone and have important home games coming up against Middlesbrough and Sunderland.

Man of the match - Kyle Walker (Tottenham)

Kyle Walker

England full-back Walker's tireless running saw him make 76 sprints at a top speed of 33.33 km/h - better than any other team-mate. His 87 touches on the ball and five key passes was more than any other player on the pitch, while also contributing three tackles.

'A cruel defeat'

Spurs fully deserved the win - Pochettino

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino: "In the Premier League it is very hard to win games. Today we knew Burnley are a team that fights a lot, run a lot and every ball they are ready to challenge.

"The team played in a very good way and we fully deserved the victory. I am pleased for that. It was a very difficult game."

Burnley boss Sean Dyche: "It is very cruel. We were very good today. A lot has been made of our away form but first half we were excellent and in the second we were at least decent against a top side."

Walker glad to be of assistance

  • Spurs have won 12 home games in the Premier League this calendar year; the most of any team in the competition.
  • Burnley remain winless in London over their last 14 Premier League games, drawing two and losing 12.
  • Dele Alli has scored as many Premier League goals at White Hart Lane this season as he did in the whole of 2015-16 (2).
  • For the third time in 2016, Spurs fired in 30 or more shots (including blocks) in a Premier League game. Liverpool are the only other team to have done so on more than one occasion this year.
  • The Clarets are one of only two teams with Leicester yet to win a game away from home in the Premier League in 2016-17.
  • Kyle Walker has supplied more assists than any other defender in the Premier League this term (4).
  • Moussa Sissoko has provided two assists as a substitute in the Premier League this season; a joint-high alongside Santi Cazorla and Demarai Gray.

What's next?

Tottenham travel to face Southampton on 28 December (kick-off 19:45 GMT), while Burnley host Middlesbrough on Boxing Day (15:00 GMT).



Formation 4-3-2-1

  • 1Lloris
  • 2Walker
  • 15Dier
  • 5Vertonghen
  • 3RoseSubstituted forDaviesat 77'minutes
  • 29Winks
  • 12Wanyama
  • 19DembéléSubstituted forSissokoat 63'minutesBooked at 70mins
  • 23Eriksen
  • 20AlliSubstituted forSon Heung-Minat 73'minutes
  • 10Kane


  • 7Son Heung-Min
  • 13Vorm
  • 14Nkoudou
  • 16Trippier
  • 17Sissoko
  • 27Wimmer
  • 33Davies


Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Heaton
  • 2LowtonBooked at 90mins
  • 5Keane
  • 6Mee
  • 23Ward
  • 21BoydSubstituted forKightlyat 83'minutes
  • 8MarneySubstituted forDefourat 84'minutes
  • 13Hendrick
  • 37Arfield
  • 10BarnesBooked at 28minsSubstituted forVokesat 80'minutes
  • 7Gray


  • 4Flanagan
  • 9Vokes
  • 11Kightly
  • 16Defour
  • 17Robinson
  • 26Tarkowski
  • 27Darikwa
Kevin Friend

Match Stats

Home TeamTottenhamAway TeamBurnley
Shots on Target

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Tottenham Hotspur 2, Burnley 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Tottenham Hotspur 2, Burnley 1.

  3. Booking

    Matthew Lowton (Burnley) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  4. Post update

    Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Matthew Lowton (Burnley).

  6. Post update

    Offside, Burnley. Michael Kightly tries a through ball, but Andre Gray is caught offside.

  7. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Ben Davies (Tottenham Hotspur) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Son Heung-Min.

  8. Post update

    Corner, Tottenham Hotspur. Conceded by Matthew Lowton.

  9. Post update

    Corner, Tottenham Hotspur. Conceded by Matthew Lowton.

  10. Post update

    Corner, Tottenham Hotspur. Conceded by Tom Heaton.

  11. Post update

    Attempt saved. Son Heung-Min (Tottenham Hotspur) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Ben Davies.

  12. Post update

    Corner, Burnley. Conceded by Eric Dier.

  13. Substitution

    Substitution, Burnley. Steven Defour replaces Dean Marney.

  14. Substitution

    Substitution, Burnley. Michael Kightly replaces George Boyd.

  15. Post update

    Attempt missed. Ben Davies (Tottenham Hotspur) left footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Harry Kane.

  16. Post update

    Christian Eriksen (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  17. Post update

    Foul by Jeff Hendrick (Burnley).

  18. Substitution

    Substitution, Burnley. Sam Vokes replaces Ashley Barnes.

  19. Post update

    Attempt missed. Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is close, but misses the top left corner. Assisted by Kyle Walker with a cross.

  20. Post update

    Delay over. They are ready to continue.


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