Thursday 22 August 2019

Tottenham v Burnley - story of the match

Danny Rose, pictured second left, was outstanding for Spurs against Burnley
Danny Rose, pictured second left, was outstanding for Spurs against Burnley

Danny Rose broke Burnley hearts with a second-half winner as Tottenham snatched a 2-1 victory and moved to within a point of the Premier League's top four.

Burnley took a surprise lead at White Hart Lane through Ashley Barnes but Dele Alli pulled the hosts level before Rose's stinging strike clinched a valuable three points for Mauricio Pochettino's men.

Moussa Sissoko, who came on off the bench to set up Spurs' winner, had been lucky not to be sent off for a high challenge on Stephen Ward.

The win was Tottenham's fourth in five games and means they now sit only a point behind north London rivals Arsenal in fifth. Burnley stay 16th and two points above the bottom three.


"Spurs take lead a minute after Sissoko should have been red carded" - former Labour spin doctor and Burnley fan Alastair Campbell laments Sissoko's involvement in Tottenham's winner.


Rose was Tottenham's stand-out performer here even before he drilled home the winner to cap a superb display from left-back. His decision-making in defence, forward runs and end-product were all outstanding. On current evidence, there may not be a better left-back in the league.


Sissoko continued his recent resurgence with an excellent contribution off the bench but the Frenchman was fortunate not to be sent off after his high challenge on Ward. Referee Kevin Friend deemed it worthy only of a booking and moments later Sissoko set up Rose's winning goal.


Sean Dyche will know his side were not far away from claiming a valuable point at White Hart Lane, but conceding just six minutes after taking the lead ended up costing Burnley dear. They are still yet to win away this season - a record that is putting huge pressure on their results at home. For Pochettino, Tottenham have now won four out of their last five and look to have turned a corner. His only concern was Rose and Mousa Dembele hobbling off in the second half.



Hugo Lloris 7 (out of 10)

Kyle Walker 7

Eric Dier 7

Jan Vertonghen 7

Danny Rose 9

Mousa Dembele 7

Victor Wanyama 6

Harry Winks 7

Christian Eriksen 8

Dele Alli 7

Harry Kane 7


Moussa Sissoko (for Dembele, 63 mins) 7

Son Heung-min (for Alli, 73 mins) 6

Ben Davies (for Rose, 77 mins) 6


Tom Heaton 6

Matthew Lowton 6

Michael Keane 7

Ben Mee 8

Stephen Ward 7

George Boyd 7

Jeff Hendrick 6

Dean Marney 6

Scott Arfield 7

Andre Gray 7

Ashley Barnes 7


Sam Vokes (for Barnes, 80 mins) 7

Michael Kightly (for Boyd, 83 mins) 6

Steven Defour (for Marney, 84 mins) 6


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