Both these sides needed three points for various reasons, but both sides left Turf Moor with less than they desired after Burnley and Spurs finished goalless after 90 dull minutes.
The game got off to a cagey start, but on five minutes in Burnley should have gone ahead. After Sean Dyche implemented a high-pressing style, it forced a mistake by Ryan Mason in his own half, freeing Danny Ings on goal but the striker hit his free shot right at Michel Vorm with the goal gaping.
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Spurs barely had a touch of the ball in the opening 10 minutes thanks to the heavy pressing, and while they eventually found more possession as the minutes ticked on, they offered little in front of goal. Burnely showed much more creativity, but were sloppy in its execution. A free-kick for the home side on 20 minutes fell to Ashley Barnes on the far side of the box, and he lashed the ball in front of net where Sam Vokes was waiting, but the striker’s header was blocked.
Ryan Mason had a promising chance after 25 minutes on a shot from distance, but with Tom Heaton beaten his scuffed shot also bounced wide. First-time captain Harry Kane struggled to get involved, and got his first shot off on 35 minutes, albeit an ambitious one that went well wide.
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Kyle Walker came off injured just after halftime, and Burnley continued to look more dangerous in the Spurs box despite the visitors slowly gaining more and more possession on the ball. Spurs were reduced to shooting from horrible angles just to get the ball going towards the net, as Christian Eriksen attempted with 20 minutes to go.
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George Boyd looked bright throughout for Burnley, but he had the last viable chance heading just wide seconds into added time as neither side had any serious ventures in front of goal. Burnley’s points send them back into 18th, but a win would have pulled them out of the drop zone completely. Meanwhile, Tottenham jumps above Southampton into sixth level with Liverpool on points, but all three would have sent them firmly into fifth.
Harry Kane captained Spurs for the first time in his career, but while that had the makings of a promising game script, both sides must instead be content with their slight haul in return for their lack of an adventurous display.
Burnley: Heaton; Trippier, Duff, Shackell, Mee; Boyd, Jones, Arfield, Barnes; Ings, Vokes (Jutkiewicz 76′).
Tottenham: Vorm, Walker (Davies 47′), Chiriches, Dier, Rose; Bentaleb, Mason (Townsend 83′); Chadli (Lamela 64′), Eriksen, Paulinho; Kane.