Thursday 26 April 2018

Spurs fail to fire as Burnley dig in for a precious point

Ashley Barnes of Burnley shoots under pressure from Eric Dier of Spurs
Ashley Barnes of Burnley shoots under pressure from Eric Dier of Spurs
Christian Eriksen of Spurs breaks clear of George Boyd and Michael Duff of Burnley
Harry Kane of Spurs and Michael Duff of Burnley battle for the ball

Jamie Holland

THE "best week" of Harry Kane's life ended on a slightly flat note as Tottenham had to settle for a draw at Turf Moor.

Kane, 21, was chosen as Spurs captain after a week which has also seen him score on his England debut and make his first start for the national team.

Kane said: "Yes you could say it has been the best week of my life - to score, to make my first start and score for England and to be captain today.

"It has been an unbelievable couple of weeks and one I won't forget for the rest of my career."

It was a frustrating end to the week, however, as Burnley dug in to earn a precious point.

And Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino admitted a top-four place may now be beyond his side.

They are seven points off fourth-placed Manchester City with a vastly inferior goal difference.

Pochettino said: "It is difficult, but we have seven games, we will try. It is true that it is not easy. This game was a very tough game and we need to try to win the most points possible in the next seven games.


"The way Burnley play it is difficult, because always there is long balls into the box. They are a very aggressive team and run a lot. It is difficult to find space to play.

"We played better in the second half and we made some chances, but it was not enough to score. Three weeks ago, Manchester City lost here.

"It is not an excuse, but it is a very, very difficult team."

Pochettino confirmed Kyle Walker, who limped off, has a sprain, but said it was "not a big issue".

Burnley manager Sean Dyche claimed the Clarets had the better of the match and rued a gilt-edged chance missed by Danny Ings, who shot straight at Michel Vorm when it seemed easier to score.

He said: "I think we edged the game, but there was not a lot in it. We kept the tempo high and kept pressing high.

"Danny has had a great chance and it was unlike him not to put it away, he almost hit it too cleanly.Having said that, we are pleased to get another clean sheet against a top side."

Dyche picked out Ashley Barnes for special praise, but said the entire team had performed well against a Spurs side boasting four England players.

The Burnley boss also said he was not too concerned by their struggles to find the net - they have only scored once in five games. "I prefer to look at it as two clean sheets in last three games against some fantastic sides."


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