Match ends, Burnley 0, Tottenham Hotspur 2.
Burnley 0-2 Tottenham Hotspur
Tottenham cut the gap on Premier League leaders Chelsea to seven points as they overcame a stubborn Burnley at Turf Moor.
The visitors struggled in a drab first half as Dele Alli fired wide when well-placed and both central midfielders Victor Wanyama and Harry Winks were withdrawn through injury.
Winks suffered a particularly nasty fall, tumbling into the Burnley dugout after trying to tackle Stephen Ward, before he was carried off on a stretcher at the interval.
Despite a lack of attacking fluency, Spurs continued to exert pressure on the Clarets from corners, with Eric Dier firing in after the hosts failed to properly clear Christian Eriksen's delivery.
Vincent Janssen, making his first Premier League start of 2017, became the third Tottenham player forced off injured but that allowed the introduction of Son Heung-min.
And the South Korea striker made sure of victory as he tapped in Alli's squared pass on 77 minutes as Spurs controlled the final stages.
Victory, coupled with Chelsea's shock 2-1 defeat to Crystal Palace, ensures Mauricio Pochettino's side stay in contention for the title with nine games remaining.
Son shines through
A perennial worry with Tottenham is whether they possess the depth required to match the undoubted quality of their starting side and sustain a season-long challenge.
Victory over Southampton in the absence of injured striker Harry Kane last time out suggested those concerns could be consigned to the past, only to reappear in the first half at Turf Moor.
Kyle Walker's deputy Kieran Tripper made several mistakes against his former club, Winks was guilty of trying to force passes in midfield and Janssen was again ineffective, lacking the pace and guile to test the organised duo of Michael Keane and Ben Mee.
While not in the circumstances Spurs would have wanted, the added quality of Mousa Dembele and especially Son ultimately ensured a more comfortable afternoon.
The Korean's movement was vital in opening up a tiring Burnley as Alli made amends for his earlier uncharacteristic miss to calmly find the striker free to side-foot in.
After the game, Pochettino said Kane could be back "in a few weeks," yet in the meantime Son could again prove a stellar stand-in, while Janssen's spell on the sidelines looks set to resume.
Gritty Burnley run out of ideas
Burnley's feted home form this season had seen them only lose to Arsenal, Manchester City and Swansea before this game and they once again followed a similar blueprint of pressing and cutting off lines of passing to frustrate superior opposition.
Andre Gray and Ashley Barnes kept the Tottenham defence honest through the first half, while Keane and Mee easily repelled much of what Spurs attempted.
Yet the Clarets were undone by a rare lapse in concentration at a set-piece as Jeff Hendrick failed to firmly decide whether to let Eriksen's corner run or hack it clear, only to put the ball straight into Dier's path for the opener.
The hosts looked notably tired and bereft of ideas in the final 20 minutes as they fell to 15th, five points above the relegation zone.
Home games against Stoke City, Manchester United, West Brom and West Ham during the run-in should see Sean Dyche's side pick up enough points to avoid a relegation scrap, but they may rue a missed opportunity to secure a point here.
Man of the match - Eric Dier (Tottenham)
Title race restarted?
After this season had started to look like a procession to the title for Chelsea, Saturday's results hint that a coronation of Antonio Conte's side remains premature.
Tottenham's challenge is tough - but not unprecedented.
In 2012, Manchester City overhauled an eight-point gap in six games to beat Manchester United to the title on goal difference.
If Spurs are to pull off a miraculous comeback, this victory could be the first step in a crucial week that sees Chelsea host Manchester City and Tottenham travel to relegation-threatened Swansea.
Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino: "We showed great character and I'm very proud and pleased because the performance in the second half was very good.
"This win is massive for us - we have to be there if Chelsea fail and we are there. We are fighting for the Premier League.
"When you reduce the gap to seven points it's completely different to 10 points - we just have to be there if Chelsea fail and want to be there until the end of the season."
Burnley boss Sean Dyche: "Up until the first goal we were solid and kept them from using the lines of passing that they like.
"We created some good positions but not good chances and then gave away a really poor goal.
"That lifted them and they looked more assured after that and showed what a tope side they are."
Tottenham on top in 2017 - match stats
- Tottenham have won more points than any other Premier League team in 2017 (26).
- This was Burnley's first home defeat by two or more goals in the Premier League since losing 1-3 against Everton in October 2014 (eight home defeats by a one-goal margin since).
- Son Heung-Min has scored eight goals in 25 Premier League games this season, doubling his tally from last season (four goals in 28 games).
- Dele Alli has been involved in 11 goals in 11 Premier League games for Tottenham in 2017 so far (eight goals, three assists).
- Eric Dier's goal was his first in the Premier League since December 2015 (vs Newcastle), and first away from home in the competition since August 2014 (vs West Ham).
- Burnley have now gone six Premier League games in April without scoring.
Burnley host Stoke City at Turf Moor on Tuesday, with kick-off at 19:45 GMT, while Tottenham travel to Swansea on Wednesday, with kick-off also at 19:45 GMT.
- 5KeaneBooked at 47mins
- 21BoydSubstituted forBradyat 74'minutes
- 37ArfieldSubstituted forDefourat 78'minutes
- 7GraySubstituted forVokesat 56'minutes
- 10BarnesBooked at 79mins
- 12WanyamaSubstituted forDembéléat 44'minutes
- 29WinksSubstituted forSissokoat 45+2'minutes
- 9JanssenSubstituted forSon Heung-minat 73'minutes
- 7Son Heung-min
- Stuart Attwell
- Shots on Target
Second Half ends, Burnley 0, Tottenham Hotspur 2.
Foul by Mousa Dembélé (Tottenham Hotspur).
Ashley Barnes (Burnley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Hugo Lloris (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Sam Vokes (Burnley).
Foul by Mousa Dembélé (Tottenham Hotspur).
Robbie Brady (Burnley) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Offside, Burnley. Stephen Ward tries a through ball, but Sam Vokes is caught offside.
Attempt missed. Dele Alli (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Son Heung-Min.
Offside, Tottenham Hotspur. Moussa Sissoko tries a through ball, but Dele Alli is caught offside.
Attempt missed. Dele Alli (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the right.
Ashley Barnes (Burnley) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Mousa Dembélé (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Ashley Barnes (Burnley).
Attempt blocked. Dele Alli (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Kieran Trippier.
Substitution, Burnley. Steven Defour replaces Scott Arfield.
Goal! Burnley 0, Tottenham Hotspur 2. Son Heung-Min (Tottenham Hotspur) left footed shot from the left side of the six yard box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Dele Alli.
Attempt missed. Son Heung-Min (Tottenham Hotspur) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left misses to the left. Assisted by Christian Eriksen.
Attempt missed. Scott Arfield (Burnley) left footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Ashley Barnes.
Substitution, Burnley. Robbie Brady replaces George Boyd.
Attempt missed. Michael Keane (Burnley) left footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Sam Vokes following a set piece situation.
Substitution, Tottenham Hotspur. Son Heung-Min replaces Vincent Janssen.
Foul by Moussa Sissoko (Tottenham Hotspur).
Ben Mee (Burnley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Corner, Burnley. Conceded by Eric Dier.
Goal! Burnley 0, Tottenham Hotspur 1. Eric Dier (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the top right corner following a corner.
Corner, Tottenham Hotspur. Conceded by Joey Barton.
Offside, Burnley. Scott Arfield tries a through ball, but Sam Vokes is caught offside.
Attempt missed. Moussa Sissoko (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the right.
Corner, Tottenham Hotspur. Conceded by Matthew Lowton.
Attempt saved. Sam Vokes (Burnley) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Ashley Barnes.
Attempt saved. Christian Eriksen (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Eric Dier.
Vincent Janssen (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Ben Mee (Burnley).
Substitution, Burnley. Sam Vokes replaces Andre Gray.
Attempt missed. Scott Arfield (Burnley) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Ashley Barnes.
Attempt blocked. Ashley Barnes (Burnley) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Scott Arfield.
Attempt saved. Ben Davies (Tottenham Hotspur) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Vincent Janssen.
Offside, Burnley. Stephen Ward tries a through ball, but Ashley Barnes is caught offside.