It will go down as a come-from-behind win, but Tottenham was clearly the better side, pummeling the Burnley goal until finding the winner with 20 minutes to go as Danny Rose led the way to all three points at White Hart Lane.
Spurs had a good chance in the opening few minutes as Harry Kane flashed a cross along the face of goal but it was just out of reach of Christian Eriksen. However, it was Burnley who will feel they truly should have gone in front. Tottenham finished with 30 shots (9 on target) while Burnley could muster just five efforts, with just two on target.
11 minutes in, Stephen Ward found space down the left, and his cross fell right to a charging Andre Gray in the heart of the box, but his poke was straight at Hugo Lloris who rejected the shot, leaving Gray with his head in his hands.
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The game snoozed its way past the 20th minute, and just like that, Burnley went in front on a bit of sloppy play from Spurs. Harry Winks hung Kyle Walker out to dry on the Spurs right, and that let the visitors work the ball into the box. George Boyd spun and delivered the ball in front of net, and it pinged off the foot of Moussa Dembele right into the path of Ashley Barnes who slid to poke it into the back of the net.
The goal for Burnley is just the club’s second on the road all season, and the first from open play, with their only other away goal coming from the penalty spot back in October against Southampton.
That seemed to push Spurs into life, and they would respond almost immediately. Walker got space down the right, and he fizzed in a cross to the penalty spot, where Dele Alli stepped right in front of Harry Kane to power it in for the equalizer. Kane had one more go four minutes before halftime, but his shot was saved awkwardly by Tom Heaton.
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After the break, Burnley made a point to push Spurs out wide, where they seemed slightly uncomfortable. Dembele out wide in the 50th minute found Eriksen in space centrally well outside the box, and the Danish midfielder ripped a dangerous effort that stunningly just grazed over the bar with Heaton beaten.
Eric Dier made a dangerous challenge with Grey free, but just got a clip of the ball to keep him from being cautioned or worse. Just down the other end, Eriksen again should have scored right in front of net, but bungled the chance. Danny Rose pressure on Matthew Lowton deep in the corner saw Rose come out with the ball, and he dinked it over to Eriksen in the box, but his header was directly at Heaton.
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Alli nearly had a stunner past the hour mark, but he just missed the top corner by inches with a turn and clipped shot. Spurs continued to pummel the Burnley goal, and a loopy, dipping ball from Eriksen forced a great save by Heaton on 64 minutes.
Burnley wouldn’t be able to hold on forever, though, and it was Rose to put Spurs in front. A good ball from substitute Moussa Sissokho, he fed Rose on the left, and instead of touching inside, he hit it quick and beat Heaton to the near post to put Spurs in front.
The visitors had a spell of pressure toward the end looking to make their way back in the game, but there was no way through. The three points for Spurs sees them pull within one of Arsenal, who lost to Manchester City on the road. Burnley remains in trouble, three points above the relegation zone in 16th.