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Tottenham Hotspur 2-1 Burnley

By Marc HigginsonBBC Sport
Erik Lamela, Tottenham
Erik Lamela had not scored in 25 Premier League games for Tottenham
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  • Burnley drop back into bottom three
  • Lamela scores fourth goal of season

Erik Lamela scored his first Premier League goal as Tottenham beat Burnley to move up to sixth in the table.

The £30m club-record signing netted the first-half winner when he cut in from the right and curled in a left-footed strike from outside the area.

Spurs had taken an early lead when Harry Kane headed home Nacer Chadli's left-wing cross.

Ashley Barnes equalised with a stunning 25-yard strike of his own, before Lamela's impressive intervention.

Burnley occasionally troubled Spurs at the back, but they couldn't cope with the dynamism, movement and pace of the hosts going forward.

Pochettino hails Lamela strike

Rather like he did at Southampton with Adam Lallana, Rickie Lambert and Jay Rodriguez, Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino is putting together a stylish forward line in which all the components complement each other.

Against the stubborn Clarets, who had lost just one of their previous six games, Christian Eriksen pulled the strings from just in front of muscular frontman Kane, while Lamela cut in from the right and on to his left foot with devastating effect to score the winner.

Kane continues to impress as the spearhead of the Spurs attack and his quick-thinking helped to create the chance which led to the opening goal of the match.

The 21-year-old took a quick fee-kick to set the impressive Chadli free down the left, galloped into the area and was on hand to convert the Belgian's eventual cross from close range.

There was a suspicion of offside in the build-up, but Eriksen was presumably deemed not to have been interfering in play by the officials.

Burnley quickly responded when Barnes collected George Boyd's cross, took a couple of touches and then smashed a wonderful shot into the top corner.

Dyche questions Kane goal decision

Barnes and his strike partner Danny Ings linked up well throughout, with the goalscorer regularly dropping off and finding space to supply cute passes for the Clarets' leading marksman.

However, both Burnley strikers could only stand and admire Lamela's goal in the 35th minute as the Argentine cut inside from the flank and - similar to how Gareth Bale would do during his time at White Hart Lane - clinically curled the ball beyond Tom Heaton.

With Kyle Walker also getting forward down the right, Tottenham saw lots of the ball and continually threatened - Kane and Lamela were inches away from turning in Eriksen's second-half cross.

And, despite plenty of endeavour, the spirited visitors struggled to create as much as the game wore on.

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino:

"It's becoming normal now that Harry Kane has scored. We are very happy with him. He worked very hard and scored a goal, which is very important for the striker."

On the chances of an England senior call-up for Kane: "I wish for my player the best but Harry has big potential and he's a big talent, why not? If he continues to play in the same way, maybe the opportunity will come for him to play for the national team."

Burnley manager Sean Dyche:

"I'm not really disappointed. We're growing into the division and there have been some really good signs. I thought we delivered a really good performance, worked their keeper on numerous occasions and affected their back four.

"I was a little disappointed with the decision for their first goal. I think Harry Kane gets a little nudge and it was ball to hand with the defender. Then they play a quick free-kick and there is an offside. We all know the debate on offside: is he interfering? Is he not? If he was in the line of the goal I think they'd have to say he was interfering. But that's another debate."

Harry Kane, Tottenham
Harry Kane now has 14 goals in 23 appearances this season
Ashley Barnes, Burnley
Ashley Barnes's stunning strike was his third goal of the season
Tottenham supporters
Some Tottenham supporters wore fancy dress in their side's final home game before Christmas
Sean Dyche & Mauricio Pochettino
The last time these teams played each other was in March 2010, with Burnley claiming a 4-2 victory at Turf Moor.



Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Lloris
  • 2Walker
  • 21Fazio
  • 5Vertonghen
  • 33DaviesBooked at 3mins
  • 42Bentaleb
  • 38MasonSubstituted forStambouliat 44'minutes
  • 11Lamela
  • 23EriksenSubstituted forRoseat 90+3'minutes
  • 22Chadli
  • 18KaneSubstituted forSoldadoat 84'minutes


  • 3Rose
  • 6Chiriches
  • 9Soldado
  • 13Vorm
  • 17Townsend
  • 19Dembélé
  • 25Stambouli


Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Heaton
  • 2Trippier
  • 25Keane
  • 5Shackell
  • 6Mee
  • 21BoydSubstituted forKightlyat 79'minutes
  • 8Marney
  • 14Jones
  • 37ArfieldSubstituted forWallaceat 79'minutes
  • 10Ings
  • 30BarnesSubstituted forJutkiewiczat 89'minutes


  • 7Wallace
  • 11Kightly
  • 18Reid
  • 19Jutkiewicz
  • 20Chalobah
  • 22Gilks
  • 28Long
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Match Stats

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Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Tottenham Hotspur 2, Burnley 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Tottenham Hotspur 2, Burnley 1.

  3. Substitution

    Substitution, Tottenham Hotspur. Danny Rose replaces Christian Eriksen.

  4. Post update

    Attempt missed. Christian Eriksen (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Nacer Chadli.

  5. Post update

    Corner, Burnley. Conceded by Hugo Lloris.

  6. Post update

    Attempt saved. Ross Wallace (Burnley) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Federico Fazio (Tottenham Hotspur).

  8. Post update

    Danny Ings (Burnley) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  9. Substitution

    Substitution, Burnley. Lukas Jutkiewicz replaces Ashley Barnes.

  10. Post update

    Ben Davies (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Dean Marney (Burnley).

  12. Post update

    Attempt missed. Federico Fazio (Tottenham Hotspur) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Christian Eriksen with a cross following a corner.

  13. Post update

    Corner, Tottenham Hotspur. Conceded by Jason Shackell.

  14. Post update

    Offside, Burnley. Ben Mee tries a through ball, but Ashley Barnes is caught offside.

  15. Substitution

    Substitution, Tottenham Hotspur. Roberto Soldado replaces Harry Kane.

  16. Post update

    Foul by Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur).

  17. Post update

    Ben Mee (Burnley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  18. Post update

    Corner, Tottenham Hotspur. Conceded by Kieran Trippier.

  19. Substitution

    Substitution, Burnley. Ross Wallace replaces Scott Arfield.

  20. Substitution

    Substitution, Burnley. Michael Kightly replaces George Boyd.

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