Rose caps Spurs fight­back

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Danny Rose capped Tot­ten­ham’s come­back as they edged out Burn­ley 2-1 to keep alive their Cham­pi­ons League as­pi­ra­tions yes­ter­day. Mauri­cio Po­chet­tino’s side were forced to come from be­hind af­ter Ash­ley Barnes had opened the scor­ing for Burn­ley at White Hart Lane.

Nor­mal ser­vice was re­sumed when Dele Alli al­most in­stantly equalised, but Burn­ley, de­spite their strug­gles away from home, would not roll over and it took un­til the 71st minute un­til Rose won it. Burn­ley were left frus­trated, es­pe­cially with Moussa Sis­soko for­tu­nate to es­cape a red card for a high chal­lenge be­fore he cre­ated the win­ning goal that moved Tot­ten­ham within one point of the top four.

It looked a dif­fer­ent story early on as Tot­ten­ham should have been ahead within a minute. Rose fed Harry Kane who in turn freed Alli but the mid­fielder was way off tar­get as he bore down on Tom Heaton’s goal. Be­sides a point at Manch­ester United, thanks to Heaton’s hero­ics, Burn­ley had been a soft touch. They would need some luck on their side to keep Tot­ten­ham at bay. And so it proved early on as Kane dragged his shot wide and Chris­tian Erik­sen saw his vol­ley de­flected just over.

But Tot­ten­ham had looked sloppy at the back and they al­most paid for an er­ror in the 11th minute.

Kyle Walker gifted pos­ses­sion to Stephen Ward and the left-back where An­dre Gray’s low shot was kept out by the shins of Hugo Lloris.

It was a chance Burn­ley needed to take given they had set them­selves up to de­fend deep and soak up the pres­sure from the home side.

Burn­ley didn’t need ask­ing again as Barnes slid them into a shock 21st minute lead. This was some­thing of a col­lec­tor’s item; their first away goal scored in open play this sea­son.

PER­FEC­TION

When Tot­ten­ham’s Mousa Dem­bele diverted Ge­orge Boyd’s pass into Barnes’ path the striker could not miss as he stabbed him home from close-range.

The lead lasted just six min­utes as Alli hauled Spurs level. Walker de­liv­ered a cross into the penalty area where Alli timed his run to per­fec­tion to slide home the equaliser.

Tot­ten­ham were boss­ing pro­ceed­ings and Heaton was for­tu­nate to see Kane’s shot bounce off his legs and wide. The sec­ond-half main­tained the same pat­tern with Erik­sen, fresh from scor­ing twice in the pre­vi­ous home match with Hull, see­ing his long-range shot fly just over Heaton’s cross­bar.

Erik­sen then should have done bet­ter than di­vert Rose’s 53rd minute cross straight at Heaton.

Alli again came close but Tot­ten­ham were be­com­ing in­creas­ingly frus­trated as Erik­sen’s pile driver was palmed out by the busy Heaton and just out of Kane’s path.

But Spurs would fi­nally break down the stub­born visi­tors thanks to Rose’s 71st minute strike. A quick break led by sub­sti­tute Sis­soko found it’s way to the Eng­land left-back in space to drive home.

It was painful for Burn­ley as, just mo­ments ear­lier, Sis­soko was re­lieved to re­ceive just a yel­low card rather than a sec­ond red of his short Tot­ten­ham ca­reer for a high chal­lenge on Ward.

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