Burnley 2 – 5 Tottenham Hotspur Premier League Match Review
Spurs beat Burnley in emphatic fashion at Turf Moor to claim their third consecutive Premier League win.
Ange Postecoglou’s Spurs made the trip to Lancashire to face a Burnley side led by ex-Manchester City Captain Vincent Kompany at Turf Moor on Saturday. Tottenham were looking to stay unbeaten and claim a third Premier League win in a row, and they were able to do exactly that, beating the Clarets in a comfortable and emphatic fashion.
Tottenham had played three matches ahead of their trip to Burnley. Their 2023/24 Premier League season began with an enthralling 2 – 2 draw away from home against Brentford at the GTech Community Stadium. They then got the better of top-four rivals Manchester United, who they were able to beat 2 – 0 at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium thanks to Pape Matar Sarr (49’) and an own goal from Red Devils defender Lisandro Martinez (83’).
Momentum was being gathered, and their unbeaten streak in the league was extended against Bournemouth at the Vitality Stadium, beating Andoni Iraola’s side 2 – 0. James Maddison, who signed this summer from Leicester City opened the scoring (17’) before Dejan Kulusevski put the game beyond doubt with less than 20 minutes remaining (63’).
It has been a tremendous start to the new season for Spurs, and they hoped to continue it with another win, this time against newly promoted Burnley away from home. It turned out to be an emphatic and comfortable win for the Lilywhites.
Although they came away victorious, the match did not get off to the best of starts for those of a Spurs persuasion. South Africa international forward Lyle Foster gave the home side the lead in the match’s opening minutes when his powerful close-range effort got the better of Spurs Goalkeeper Guglielmo Vicario (4’).
Tottenham tried to respond immediately, but Manor Solomon was denied twice in the minutes that followed, with both of his efforts being blocked well by the Clarets defence (8’, 14’).
The wait for an equaliser would not last much longer when Son Heung-Min restored parity just a few minutes later, with the South Korean successfully finding the net after lifting the ball over Burnley ‘keeper James Trafford. The ball was fed into his feet by Solomon (16’).
Maddison came close to completing the turnaround just moments later through a strike from 35 yards that was saved well by Trafford, with the ball looking destined to find the top left corner (18’).
There were a couple of chances before half-time for Spurs to take the lead, and after Sarr had a couple of shots blocked, it looked like the game would be level at the break. However, thanks to Cristian Romero’s wonder strike, Spurs went into the half-time interval deservedly ahead (45+2’).
Spurs started the second half looking as dangerous as they had been in the first half. A block from the home defence denied Son a second goal before Maddison forced another great save from James Trafford (48’, 49’).
In a game that had already treated those watching to one wonder goal, a second soon came from James Maddison to extend the Lilywhites’ advantage to 3 – 1. The former Leicester City midfielder found the bottom right corner with an emphatic and powerful long-range strike that found the bottom right corner from outside the penalty area (54’).
Spurs were now running away with this and continued to be ruthless. They scored two goals in 3 second-half minutes. They both came from Son. His second goal was a volley into the bottom right corner (63’) before sealing his hat-trick when he found the net at the near post following a fantastic pass into him from Pedro Porro (66’). It was now 5-1 to Spurs.
Burnley scored a consolation goal in second-half stoppage time when midfielder Josh Brownhill found the bottom right corner following a through ball from Josh Cullen (90+4’).
It was a thoroughly deserved victory for Postecoglou’s Tottenham. They had more possession, with 53.9%, compared to the Clarets’ 46.1%. Spurs also had more shots on target with 11 (out of 21), with Burnley seeing 4 of their 16 efforts finding their desired target.
Following this tremendous victory and a third Premier League win in a row, Spurs Boss Ange Postecoglou said (via Tottenham Hotspur’s Official Website): “I really liked the performance. Of course, going a goal down isn’t the best way to start a game away from home, but it happens, and particularly after midweek, you’re kind of looking at the reaction of the boys, and I thought they were just outstanding. They kept their heads, played our football, committed to working hard and slowly got to grips with the game. Once we got a hold of it, I thought we were dominant all the way through, so credit to them.”
Spurs will now welcome Paul Heckingbottom’s Sheffield United to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in their next Premier League game on Saturday, 16th September. The much anticipated North London Derby against Arsenal (24th September) will follow the Blades before another home game against Liverpool on Saturday, 30th September.
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