This is the kind of game that every Spurs fan dreads, mainly because they’ve seen how this story ends before. Year after year they put in fantastic performances against some of the Premier League’s finest, only to falter against sides that everyone believes they should be beating. That was the expectation for some of their more pessimistic supporters, but in the end, Christian Eriksen was able to save their blushes as Tottenham Hotspur defeated Burnley 1-0 this afternoon.
Battling from the start
There was a subdued atmosphere from the start at Wembley, almost as if they knew that it was going to be a tricky day at the office. Burnley didn’t come to roll over and while they didn’t explicitly park the bus, they certainly did everything in their power to keep Spurs at bay.
The home side struggled to find a breakthrough and didn’t really create all too many clear cut opportunities, with Joe Hart saving a nice effort from Erik Lamela – which is one of the few combinations that actually came close to paying off.
Perseverance pays off
As the minutes ticked away it seemed unlikely that Tottenham would pitch up with a winner, and then, Christian Eriksen put all the doubters to rest with a lovely finish in the 91st minute to send the home fans into a state of pandemonium. When they look back on this result in May, it could well be one of the most important of the entire campaign.
Tottenham will turn their attention towards a big League Cup game against rivals Arsenal On Wednesday, whereas Burnley’s next game will also come against Arsenal next weekend in the Premier League.
Tottenham: Lloris (7), Trippier (7), Alderweireld (6.5), Davies (7), Rose (6.5), Sissoko (6.5), Skipp (7), Lamela (6.5), Alli (7), Moura (6.5), Kane (6.5), Son (N/A), Llorente (N/A), Eriksen (8)
Burnley: Hart (7), Bardsley (6), Long (6.5), Tarkowski (6.5), Mee (6), Taylor (6), Lennon (6.5), Westwood (7), Cork (6.5), Brady (6), Barnes (6.5), Vokes (N/A), Hendrick (N/A), Wood (N/A)
Referee: Graham Scott
Yellow Cards: Bardsley, Brady
Red Cards: N/A
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