As it happened Burnley 2-1 Tottenham Hotspur: Clarets put a miserable end to the Lilywhite's title credentials
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As it happened Burnley 2-1 Tottenham Hotspur: Clarets put a miserable end to the Lilywhite's title credentials

Live commentary of Burnley's clash with Tottenham Hotspurs at Turf Moor on Saturday afternoon (12:30 GMT), Joshua Kerr reports.

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burnley-fcHeaton, Bardsley, Tarkowski, Mee, Taylor, Hendrick, Westwood, Cork, McNeil, Barnes, Wood.
tottenham-hotspur-fcLloris, Aurier, Foyth, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Rose, Winks (Llorente 62), Sissoko, Eriksen, Son, Kane
SCORE1-0, Min.56, Wood, 1-1, Min.65, Kane, 2-1, Min.83, Barnes
This brings an end to VAVEL UK's live coverage of the Premier League clash between Burnley and Tottenham Hotspur. I've been Joshua Kerr, check out our match report over on the main site as well as our match analysis and press conference coverage. 
Well, the Sunday back pages may have written themselves as Pochettino confronts Mike Dean to let him know his frustration. The Argentine must know his players weren't brave enough or innovative enough to take anything from Lancashire. What has been a perfect month for the Lilywhites has reached a very ugly end as Spur's title ambitions were all but extinguished at Turf Moor with Liverpool potentially extending their lead over the Londoners to eight points on Sunday.
FULL-TIME: Burnley 2-1 Tottenham Hotspur. The hosts have held on for an astonishing victory in one of the giant-killing performances of the season. The Clarets have now taken 18 points from a possible 24 since the turn of the new year to inflict Spurs their first defeat in five league outings that surely ends the Lilywhites title-challenge as Pochettino holds his head in disarray. 
90+3' Spurs caught scanning there options on the edge of the Burnley box before Danny Rose lofts a cross onto the head of substitute Lamela who hits a tame header into the hands of Heaton. 
Four additional minutes
90' There will be a minimum of four minutes added time here at Turf Moor. Still 2-1.
90' Tottenham are throwing bodies forward in a desperate attempt to snatch something from the match. Eriksen epitomises the visitor's poor decision making as he lashes a shot that flies well over the bar much to the delight of Dyche. 2-1.
GOOOOAAAALLLLL!
83' 2-1! The hosts have a second! Ashley Barnes makes it four in his last four matches as he latches on to a miscued shot by Hendrick that eludes the entire Tottenham box before falling to Barnes who accepts the gift to stroke home into an empty net. Incredible!
Spurs about to draw for the first time?
79' Spurs haven't been on the receiving end of a stalemate in all of their 26 league matches this season. Could this be the day the dreaded curse of no draws comes to an end?
Lamela on for Foyth
76'One Argentine for another as Lamela enters the field in place of Foyth who has had a busy afternoon that was ultimately defined by the defender losing Wood for the host's opening goal.
71' Chance for the hosts. A fine passage of play sees Chris Wood hold up a long ball on the edge of the box before sliding in Westwood who tees up Hendrick who launches a shot just shy of the post that had Lloris certainly beaten. 1-1.
66' Dyche is furious, and he has reason to be. The replay shows that Rose took the throw-in nowhere near where it was awarded with the Burnley boss letting his feelings well known to the fourth official. 1-1.
GOOOOAAAAALLLL!
65' 1-1 HARRY KANE! It had to be him, it just had to be. Kane grabs the game by the scruff of the neck to drag his troops back into the contest. A goal of the simplest order as Danny Rose launches a long throw-in that completely opens the Burnley back-line where Kane is lurking to collect before calmly slotting past Heaton.
64' And Llorente's first contribution is a booking for the former Juventus striker. The Spaniard is in the referee's book after clattering into Burnley skipper Mee.
Llorente on for Winks
62' Harry Winks's afternoon is over as the England international makes way for Fernando Llorente. The Spaniard scored with his first touch against Borussia Dortmund 10 days ago. Could the 33-year-old have a similar effect here in Lancashire?
GOOOOAAAAAAALLLLLL!!!!!!!
56' 1-0 Burnley. The hosts are astonishingly ahead! A terrific set-piece is whipped in by Jack Cork that meets the head of Chris Wood who arrows his header off the underside of the bar to put the hosts in the ascendancy despite the run of play. It's now the former Leeds man's seventh goal in his last 10 outings. Pochettino is livid on the sidelines showcasing his frustration to the officials. Could this be the day where the Lilywhites title charge comes off the rails? 
52' Another fine passage of play for the visitors who are enjoying the majority of the ball - 72 per cent of it to be precise. Eriksen is operating as the orchestrator despite limited amounts of space. The Danish international gives the ball to Foyth who darts at goal before being hacked down by Mee for a Spurs free-kick in a dangerous position. 0-0.
50' Kane forces Heaton into a terrific save that's parried away for a corner. The Three Lions captain picks up the ball from 25-yards and scans his options before letting loose a pile-driver that was too hot to handle for Heaton to hand Spurs another set-piece. 0-0.
Back Underway!
45' We are back underway here at Turf Moor. 0-0.
HALF-TIME 0-0. Goalless at the break as the returning Harry Kane has so far been blunted by the outstanding Burnley defence. Limited chances for both teams with Spurs looking cautious while the hosts are looking to frustrate and limit the visitors to as few opportunities as possible. 
43' Austria head-coach Franco Foda has been spotted in attendance undoubtedly keeping close tabs on Burnley striker Ashley Barnes. The Clarets forward represented the national team in the youth set-up as a 21-year-old and would be eligible to play if he received a call-up
35' Sean Dyche is clearly pleased with his team's astute approach. The Clarets have frustrated the visitors to limited chances and have created some of their own with Bardsley's whipped effort earning a round of applause from the Burnley boss. 0-0.
34' Son is beginning to grow into the game. The South Korea international orchestrates a mesmerising run on the right byline leaving three Burnley defenders in his wake before cutting a pullback towards the six-yard box that has no-one pouncing to latch on.

The hosts manage to clear the danger but Spurs quicky retain possession that ends with Moussa Sissoko hitting a wild effort wide.

33' Mee is at it again for Burnley. The Englishman reads Harry Kane's whipped cross perfectly to deny Son a certain tap-in. The hosts then clear the danger before seconds later Christian Eriksen robs possession and hits a low shot that falls comfortably into the hands of Heaton.
28' This match is really yet to get going. Spurs look comfortable in possession but are yet to exploit any holes in the Burnley back-line. The hosts are defending admirably with the Clarets captain Ben Mee epitomising their recent resilience throwing himself at a Harry Winks shot before the ball is eventually cleared. 0-0.
24' The visitor's impressive record against teams in the bottom-half would suggest that three points would seem inevitable with Spurs winning 14 of their 14 matches against the league's strugglers.

However, Burnley are on a fine run of their own as only the Clarets and Manchester United remain the only unbeaten teams in the division since the turn of the new year. 

17' Harry Kane looks to introduce himself into the contest with a well-struck low drive that just glides past the left-hand post although Heaton looked as if he had his angles covered. 

Neither side has had a shot on target so far with Kane seeing six touches of the ball with two of them inside his own half.

11' Both teams have begun proceedings brightly with each side exuding the confidence that comes with a good run of results. 

 

The only man not feeling the heat on a sunny afternoon at dean court is Spur's Argentine manager Mauricio Pochettino who is well wrapped up in his big winter coach. Clearly the title-race is failing to cause to Lilywhites head-coach to break a sweat. 0-0.

7' Penalty shout as Danny Rose thunders a shot that is blocked by the imminent Phil Bardsley but Mike Dean waves away. It would have been harsh. 0-0.
4' Burnley starting with real intent here pushing Spurs into dangerous positions. 

A couple of dangerous set-pieces kept Hugo Lloris on his toes and taking no risks. The Lilywhites and France national team captain hooked the ball back over his crossbar. 0-0.

Underway!
1' We are underway here at Turf Moor. 0-0.
The Teams are out..
Both teams are entering the tunnel as we prepare for kick-off. Both teams combined have only lost one league outing - Spur's 1-0 defeat to United. A win for Spurs will see them cut the deficit at the top down to two points.
Full Team News
Burnley XI: Heaton, Bardsley, Tarkowski, Mee, Taylor, Hendrick, Westwood, Cork, McNeil, Barnes, Wood.


Tottenham XI: Lloris, Aurier, Foyth, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Rose, Winks, Sissoko, Eriksen, Son, Kane

Spurs Team News
Mauricio Pochettino has made two changes to the side that humbled Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League ten days ago.

 

The big news is undoubtedly the return of star-striker and England captain Harry Kane who features for the first time since his ankle injury against Manchester United seven games ago.

 

The other alteration for the Lilywhites is the return of Danny Rose who operates in the left wing-back role as part of a back-five. The Englishman replaces Davison Sanches whilst Jan Vertongen returns to his usual central defensive duties following his mesmerising performance on the wing against the Bundesliga leaders.

Burnley Team News
The Clarets are unchanged from their 3-1 victory at Brighton with Sean Dyche opting to stick with his winning system.

 

His strike partnership of Chris Wood and Ashley Barnes have been in prolific form of late. Wood has three goals in his last three league matches whilst Barnes has scored in each of Burnley's last three domestic outings against Manchester United, Southampton and the Seagulls.

 

Peter Crouch only makes the bench against his former side - whom he played for in the club's only ever Champions League quarter-final in 2011.


Also, Tom Heaton remains between the sticks and is yet to taste defeat in the league since he replaced Joe Hart back in December

We will be back with the live commentary closer to kick-off where we will bring you the latest team news and updates from both managers as soon as we get it so stay tuned before the big game on Saturday 12:30 GMT.
"He's not ahead of schedule but everyone knows that Harry is an animal, he wants to be ready as soon as possible," Pochettino added.

"In some injuries, you cannot push too much, because you need to be careful. When it's a massive injury it's completely different.

"We're so happy that in the last 10 days he was fantastic, back in training again, and he can be available again. It's going to be a massive impact for everyone."

"I don't care if he wants to play or not," Pochettino said. "If you ask him 10 days ago he was ready to play.

"Every player that came from an injury or illness, it's about the structure, when he's possible to play or not."

Harry Kane 'an animal' according to Poch
Pochettino has lauded his irreplaceable and Premier League club record goalscorer Harry Kane as "an animal" but insisted he will decide when his star striker returns from an ankle ligament injury.

Kane has been out of action since 13 January but is back in training and will be keen to return at Burnley on Saturday. 

 

Mauricio Pochettino quotes
Spur's Argentine boss also spoke to the media ahead of their lengthy trip to Lancashire. 

Spurs have finished third, second and third in the last three seasons under Poch, and can move within two points of leaders City and Liverpool with a win at Turf Moor.

City await a Carabao Cup final against Chelsea this weekend, while Liverpool face a daunting trip to Old Trafford to face off against Man United on Sunday.




Spurs defeat the turnaround for Burnley
Dyche believes the clubs misfortunes took a massive u-turn when they were beaten by a stoppage-time time winner from Eriksen.

The Clarets have since only lost once at home and have beaten West Ham, Huddersfield, Fulham and Brighton respectively. 

"I did say at that time the team we were looking different. The energy and belief in what we were doing was coming back and I am very pleased to say that mentality continued," said Dyche.

"From the performances and the tactical side, they have sharpened up and continue to do so.

"If you add that energy, drive and relentless nature, we look somewhat back to where we were and that has followed with good results."

"We've been heavily questioned this season, myself and the team," added Dyche.

"To come out of that with a good run of performances and results is very pleasing.

"The players are certainly grounded enough to know there is more to come and we have got to continue in that vein."

Dyche pleased with team's emphatic turnaround
Burnley are unbeaten in the Premier League since they were humbled 5-1 at home by Everton on Boxing Day and have since gained 15 points from their last seven league games.

The Clarets have firmly put an end to their start to the season as well as subsequent criticism that was thrown towards the team, with Burnley 15th in the league going into game week 27, having previously been stuck in a dogfight and routed in the relegation zone.

"He does more or less everything. For all people say, 'is he really quick', a lot of centre-forwards are, but he is quick with his brain, he's quick in is movement and he sees things really quickly.

"[But] it has been proven that they are not just a Harry Kane Tottenham. They have some top players and that has been proven while Harry Kane has been missing.

"But it's fair to say, he adds to it without a shadow of a doubt."

Sean Dyche quotes
Ahead of the clash Dyche couldn't help but praise his fellow countryman Harry Kane and the Three Lion's skipper's ability but insisted Spurs were by no means a one-man team ahead of the big clash on Saturday.

"He's a top striker, although they have fared pretty well without him. He is one of the best around when fit," Dyche said of Kane ahead of the match 12:30 GMT.

Danny Rose has been suffering from illness and will await late checks to monitor the Englishman's progress, while Alli still remains sidelined following a hamstring issue sustained at Craven Cottage.
Ben Davies was also back in training after a groin problem and could feature following Jan Vertongen's recent immaculate cover at left-back in recent games - including a performance against Dortmund that earnt the Belgian his first ever Champions League goal and the competition's player of the week.
Spurs Team News
Tottenham striker Harry Kane has recovered from his ankle injury sustained in the 1-0 defeat to Manchester United at Wembley and could be back to make his first appearance in five weeks following the England captains return to first-team training. 
The Clarets will also be without Steven Defour who remains sidelined with a calf injury.
Burnley Team News
Burnley wingers Robbie Brady and Johann Berg Gudmundson are both fit despite missing the win at Brighton through muscle injuries.



Pochettino was full of praise for his magical Korean superstar whom the Argentine feels in the absence of Kane and Alli have left no-one in doubt as to Son's undeniable quality. 

"Sonny I think is a player who is very well rated by everyone. Of course, since November he's been doing a fantastic job for us.

"Of course after the Asian Cup, he's scoring goals and helping in a very delicate situation for us when different players were injured and I think he stepped up and is doing a fantastic job. I hope he can continue in the same way."

Fantastic Son!
If Burnley have a key man to thank for their recent inspiring form then the same would apply for Spurs and a certain South Korean national icon Son Heung-Min. The Lilywhites forward has been dazzling in recent weeks for Pochettino and his side, with 11 goals in his last 13 league games. 

 

Often heralded as one of the league's most underrated players, Son has been fundamental to Spur's recent success in the absence of both Harry Kane and Dele Alli.

 

The 26-year-old fan favourite has since propelled Tottenham to only five points off top spot and with a game in hand still on City. Since his return from the Asian Cup, Son has been involved in four successive wins for Spurs and is deservedly on his way to a nomination for the PFA Player of the Year award for his outstanding efforts.

Heaton the man of the hour
The host's recent exhilarating form has largely been down to the return of their club-captain Tom Heaton who returned between the sticks for Burnley as the 32-year-old has reaffirmed himself as the club's number one goalkeeper replacing Joe Hart following over a year out through injury after the goalkeeper dislocated his shoulder back in 2017.

 

Since his return, Heaton has only leaked six goals in seven league appearances - only bettered by United and City - and the England international has racked up three clean sheets already matching the efforts of Joe Harts in just over half the number of games.

Since that defeat at Wembley, Burnley have only lost once on the road - also in the capital against Arsenal - and have only conceded four goals in four away appearances. Also, Dyche remains the only Premier League manager to have taken points from Ole Gunner Solskaer since the Norwegian's appointment in December 2018 when Ashley Barnes and Chris Wood were on the scoresheet to earn a rare point at Old Trafford. 
The reverse fixture between the two teams was settled in the dying moments at Wembley with Christian Eriksen scoring a 91st-minute winner to snatch a crucial three points for the Lilywhites against a brave Burnley outfit.
Meanwhile, Sean Dyche and his team are also enjoying an impressive run of their own having remained undefeated in their last seven league outings. The Clarets recently crept away from the gloom of danger having returned from Chris Hughton's Brighton with an impressive 3-1 victory in the south coast.
It's been quite a few weeks for Mauricio Pochettino and his team who have had 10 days to prepare for their latest league encounter. The visitors will be making the 250 mile trip to Turf Moor in fine form having won their previous three league matches as well as an emphatic 3-0 Champions League triumph over Bundesliga leaders Borussia Dortmund.
The Clarets welcome Spurs to Turf Moor on Saturday with the Lilywhites arriving in Lancashire with the opportunity to close the gap at the top of the table to two points as Mauricio Pochettino looks to keep pace with Liverpool and Manchester City. 
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