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Match report: Burnley 0-2 Tottenham Hotspur

The Clarets have not won a single Premier League game in over two months.

Burnley were undone by two second-half goals from Eric Dier and Heung-Min Son as they suffered a 2-0 home defeat to Tottenham Hotspur at Turf Moor.

The last time the Clarets picked up a Premier League victory was back in January, narrowly edging Premier League champions Leicester City.

Having matched Tottenham throughout the opening 45 minutes, Sean Dyche’s Clarets were outclassed in the second-half, with strikes from Dier and Son condemning Burnley to a frustrating afternoon on home soil.

Burnley engineered the first chance of the contest early on, when Matt Lowton’s swirling cross from the right was met by Ashley Barnes, who clambered over Jan Vertonghen to head straight into the grasp of goalkeeper Hugo Lloris.

Meanwhile, up the other end, Lloris’ opposite number, Tom Heaton, had to be alert to keep out Toby Alderweireld’s fierce free-kick from 30 yards.

As both sides looked to stamp some sort of an authority on the contest, Mauricio Pochettino’s visitors from North London should have been in front on the half-hour mark.

Christian Eriksen wriggled in from the left to draw a stop from Heaton, who could only push the ball to the feet of Dele Alli – though the England international midfielder somehow prodded wide from a matter of yards.

When the teams emerged from the tunnel for the second-half, Spurs became more attack-minded, with Eriksen’s free-kick charged down by a resilient Clarets wall, while Vincent Janssen’s angled shot almost squirmed under Heaton.

The home side were having to cope with the increased pressure from their title-chasing opponents from the capital, and Heaton was again called into action to keep out Ben Davies’ rasping attempt, after the left back had cut inside.

As the game drawed to a conclusion Spurs looked the most likely to find that elusive winner, with Eriksen’s dipping effort comfortable for Heaton, and substitute Moussa Sissoko hammering his shot from inside the area into the stand.

Spurs deservedly took the lead through the industrious Dier on 66 minutes, when the defensive midfielder pounced on Eriksen’s corner, diverting it through a sea of players and past a static Heaton into the top right-corner.

Burnley looked for an equaliser that they craved though despite going close through Michael Keane, who recently made his England debut, they soon found themselves two behind.

Substitute Son profited from a swift counter-attacking breakaway before converting Alli’s square ball to double the visitors’ advantage with 12 minutes to play.

Spurs aimed to add to their goal tally when Alli twice went close in the closing minutes, as Pochettino’s men claimed a comfortable three points, which keeps their slim title hopes alive, for now.

Burnley: Heaton, Lowton, Keane, Mee, Ward, Boyd (Brady, 75) Hendrick, Barton, Arfield (Defour, 79) Barnes and Gray (Vokes, 55). Subs not used: Flanagan, Robinson, Westwood and Tarkowski.

Tottenham Hotspur: Lloris, Trippier, Davies, Vertonghen, Alderweireld, Dier, Wanyama (Dembele, 43), Winks (Sissoko, 45), Alli, Eriksen and Janssen (Son, 73). Subs not used:  Walker, Vorm, Nkoudou and Carter-Vickers.

Attendance: 21,684 (2417)

Referee: Stuart Attwell (Warwickshire)

 

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