88 min: Brady wins a throw out on the left, deep in Spurs territory. Before it can be taken, Lucas Moura comes on for Son, who has been uncharacteristically quiet today. Burnley then take the throw, and hold the ball up in the corner awhile, before winning another. Rinse and repeat. Spurs are getting visibly frustrated.
86 min: Llorente commits a common-or-garden foul on the edge of the Burnley box. free kick. Lamela doesn’t agree with the decision, and engages the referee in vigorous philosophical debate. He goes in the book.
85 min: Unless Spurs can magic up a dramatic turnaround, they’ll be five points behind leaders Manchester City and second-placed Liverpool, the latter still with tomorrow’s match at Manchester United in hand. This explains why Pochettino is slumped back in his seat, with a face on. He’s fuming.
GOAL! Burnley 2-1 Tottenham Hotspur (Barnes 83)
Brady overcooks a cross from the left. Goal kick. But then Aurier faffs about while dribbling upfield, allowing Gudmundsson to drive into the box from the left. He shoots … he scuffs … but the ball dribbles diagonally towards Barnes, at the far post. He’s six yards out, and can’t miss!
82 min: A free kick for Burnley out on the right, Gudmundsson purchasing a cheap one off Rose. It’s launched long, and Aurier is forced to head out for a corner on the left. When it’s taken, Rose shanks a clearance backwards and out of play for a second corner. From which …
80 min: Burnley make a double change, replacing Hendrick and McNeil on the flanks with Gudmundsson and Brady.
79 min: Rose dribbles down the left, and hooks into the mixer. Llorente fancies it, but Heaton wants it more. A fine claim under pressure.
77 min: Spurs pile forward, then are caught short at the back, Wood romping into acres on the right. His low cross is met by McNeil, coming in from the other flank. He shoots low and hard; Lloris parries well. Spurs hack out for a corner, which comes to nothing. This is set up perfectly now. The last few minutes of this match promise much in the way of weird and wonderful entertainment!
76 min: This is manic, end-to-end fare now. Aurier dribbles around near the byline to the right of the Burnley goal, and takes two attempts at a cross. Neither is any good. Spurs then make their second change, replacing Foyth with Lamela. They’re going for this now!
75 min: A cute turn down the inside-right channel by Hendrick, and Burnley are away. Barnes is teed up to the right of the D. His low shot is blocked out for a corner. From the set piece, hit long from the right, Tarkowski rises highest at the far post, and attempts to guide a header into the top right. There’s not enough juice on it, and Lloris claims the looping effort easily.
74 min: Aurier crosses from deep; it’s blocked by Taylor, and that’s a corner for Spurs. Eriksen works it to Aurier, who drives it into a crowded box from the right. Burnley somehow get it clear.
72 min: Re-read the entry for 69 min, replacing Foyth for Bardsley and Wood for Rose. It’s uncanny. Bardsley is now another player fortunate to escape with just a yellow, and Dean remains stuck on 99.
70 min: Hendrick blasts a witless free kick into the Spurs wall. But the hosts are soon coming back at Spurs, Wood flicking a pass right for Hendrick, who whips a shot across the face of goal and inches wide of the bottom left.
69 min: Foyth is booked for a late slide on Wood. That could have been Mike Dean’s 100th red, because the young Spurs defender was flying through the air, studs showing. But it’s just yellow, and Dean’s still on 99. The fact there wasn’t much contact, and Foyth looked to be pulling out of the challenge at the last, might have influenced that decision.
67 min: Now it’s Sean Dyche’s turn to lose the plot on the touchline, sure that Rose had nicked a few yards at the throw. Both teams might have got away with one.
GOAL! Burnley 1-1 Tottenham Hotspur (Kane 65)
Spurs are back in it! And a little controversy about this one, too, as Rose steals a couple of yards at a quick throw-in on the left, in order to set Kane scampering free! He’s got the beating of Mee, holding his man off as he enters the box. Kane draws Heaton and slips a cute finish across the keeper and into the bottom right! He’s back, baby. Oh he’s back.
64 min: A corner for Spurs on the left. Rose is teed up, to the left of the D; his shot is blocked and deflects out for another corner. The second set piece is slammed upfield by Bardsley. Llorente’s first act of the afternoon is to slam into Mee, while contesting a high ball, and he’s immediately in the book.
62 min: Spurs have to throw the kitchen sink at this. Pochettino withdraws Winks and sends on Llorente.
61 min: So the replay of the award of that corner will be shown more than once, I’ll be bound. Especially if Spurs can’t turn this around. Kind of a shame that it’ll eclipse another replay, shown just before the goal: a nice moment between Kane and Heaton, the striker congratulating the keeper on his save on 50 minutes, the keeper warmly slapping the striker on the back in awe of his fine shot. All in the heat of battle.
59 min: That’s Wood’s seventh goal in his last ten games. Will it scupper Tottenham’s title challenge? The visitors had been much the better side in the opening exchanges of the second half, but now look! On the touchline, Pochettino is beyond livid, claiming that the corner should never have been awarded. Hendrick had gone sliding in with Vertonghen, and he’s insistent the ball came off the Burnley man last. The officials didn’t agree.
GOAL! Burnley 1-0 Tottenham Hotspur (Wood 57)
Westwood whips the corner in from the right. Wood rises highest, six yards out, and plants a header flush in the top-left corner! The ball comes down off the bar and over the line, Lloris with no chance!
56 min: Mee romps down the left and crosses into the Spurs area. McNeil tries to bring it down to shoot, but there’s not enough time for that. The ball breaks to Hendrick on the right, and he earns a corner. From which …
54 min: Kane scampers after a long blootered clearance. Heaton bravely comes out of his area to head clear before the striker can start causing trouble.
53 min: Spurs keep probing. Foyth bursts down the right channel and is knocked over by Mee. A free kick, just to the right of centre, 25 yards out. Eriksen floats it diagonally towards Foyth, who heads harmlessly over from the middle of a thicket.
51 min: Spurs take the corner and ping it around awhile. Aurier tries to cross from the right, but the ball clanks into Taylor. He wants a penalty for handball, but he’s not getting it.
50 min: Space for Kane to wander into, down the inside-right channel. Nobody closes him down, though he’s got no options. No matter! From 30 yards, he sends a rising swerver towards the top left, a wondrous heatseeker! Heaton, at full stretch, tips spectacularly round the post. What a shot, and a save to match!
48 min: Son crosses from the left and the ball is slammed into the stand behind the Burnley goal by Tarkowski. No nonsense. The set piece is played short, Son eventually pulling one back to tee up Rose, who is steaming in. He shoots, but Cork is right up in his grille to block.
46 min: A positive start to the half from Spurs, as Rose turns Hendrick inside out, like an old sock. His twinkletoes make it to the byline, but his cutback isn’t so good and Burnley clear. A clear sign that Spurs want these three points! In the context of the title race, they really need them.
We’re off again! Spurs get the second half underway. No changes. “Never mind who Mike Dean shows his 100th red card to; what for is the question,” argues Ian Sargeant. “Is he waiting for something cast iron – a headbutt, a two-footed lunge or a clear professional foul perhaps? Or something utterly pedantic, like a second yellow for re-entering the field of play without permission?” Yes, you make a good point here. Ideally, the red card will be thoroughly pedantic, presented with a ludicrous theatrical flourish, and later proved to be preposterously incorrect. That would be nice, wouldn’t it. Good old Mike Dean.
Half-time entertainment. Some magical memories of matches between these two famous names of English football, courtesy of Burnley regular Iain Noble. Enjoy!
“There were some cracking matches between these two teams in the late 50s and early 60s, many of which I was lucky enough to see. The Clarets were desperately unlucky in the 61-62 season. I saw just about every home game they played (I was 12) and they were just irresistible for the first half of the season, wonderful football from probably their greatest-ever side.
“But there were a lot of cancellations because of a particularly hard winter and, along with their FA Cup run (several replays), the fixtures and injuries piled up and up. With the small squads of those days, they were gradually worn down and couldn’t seem to do anything else but draw. Even then they could have got back against Spurs in the FA Cup final but for a very debatable penalty late on.
“The next season for the third round of the Cup they were drawn away at Spurs. They won 3-0. But the match I remember best at Turf Moor – apart from my first in April ’61 which was their win 4-2 against Spurs after being 2-0 down at half time, a score that even the official Spurs history says was ‘very much against the run of play’ – was in April 1964. We stuffed Spurs 7-2. Oh my, Pointer and my McIlroy long ago!”
HALF TIME: Burnley 0-0 Tottenham Hotspur
Title-chasing Spurs go in at the break slightly frustrated. They’ve been the better side, just, but haven’t seriously worked Heaton. Can they up it in the second half, and move to within two points of Manchester City and Liverpool? Stay with us to find out!
43 min: Barnes comes off second best in a challenge with Eriksen and wins a free kick for his trouble, out on the right. Westwood sends it into the Spurs box, and there’s a brief game of head tennis, but nothing that seriously troubles the visitors. Lloris hasn’t had a great deal to do.
41 min: Spurs are beginning to hog the ball. Nothing’s quite coming off for them, though. Rose bustles his way down the left, and nearly breaks clear, but Hendrick is a study in determination and eventually forces the Spurs man to run the ball out of play.
39 min: Spurs are beginning to ask questions, though. Now Rose skedaddles down the left and crosses deep for Aurier, who sends a weak header straight at Heaton. One the keeper can throw his cap on.
38 min: Spurs pass and probe, probe and pass. Aurier then lifts a cross in from the right, finding Kane on the penalty spot. It’d take some header from there, and he does his best, but the effort floats harmlessly into the arms of Heaton.
37 min: McNeil strips Aurier out on the left. For a second, it looks as though he’s going to tear clear, but doesn’t trust himself in a footrace with Foyth, and overhits a cross towards Wood on the other wing. The danger’s over.