Match Report: Burnley vs Spurs
Harry Kane bagged his 7th hat-trick of the calendar year as he moved Spurs into fifth. Spurs came out firmly the victors in this comfortable 3-0 victory away. Dele Alli was brought down in the box by Kevin Long within six minutes on the clock and it all went downhill for Burnley from there. As cool as you like, Kane slotted the penalty home with aplomb.
This victory marked the end of five away games without a win for Spurs, so the Tottenham travellers would have been relieved to be ahead so early at Turf Moor. Dele Alli was extremely lucky not to receive a red card for a crunching tackle on Taylor; the home fans subjected him to a tirade of boos and taunts every time he touched the ball from thereon after.
Heung-Min Son was unlucky not to get a goal himself after he rocketed a shot over the crossbar from 10 yards out at the opening of the second period. Burnley seemed somewhat impotent in front of goal, and Kane doubled the deficit after a lightly-weighted through ball split the Burnley defence. Kane made it a cool three with 10 minutes to go by converting a set-up from Dele Alli. Harry Kane rightly deserved the man of the match accolade for this fixture; with a total of 18 Spurs shots and only 8 on target, the rest of the squad relied on Harry to do what he does best.
Burnley vs Spurs Attendance
Turf Moor: 21,650
Starting Line-ups: Burnley v Spurs
Burnley: Pope, Bardsley, Long, Mee, Taylor, Gudmundsson, Defour, Cork, Arfield, Hendrick, Wood
Tottenham Hotspur: Lloris, Aurier, Sanchez, Vertonghen, Davies, Sissoko, Dier, Eriksen, Alli, Son, Kane
“That was so important for us to perform like this today. The win was fantastic with a fresh concept. The team had a great fight. I’m very happy for the three points and the feeling after the game was good. We are fighting for the top 4, that victory showed everyone we are there, we just need to be consistent in our performance. Harry Kane is amazing, a fantastic player, 53 goals in 2017 is remarkable”
Man of the Match
Harry Kane scored a hat-tick today and is now just one goal behind breaking Alan Shearer’s record of most goals in a calendar year. The man of the match, and the match ball, fully and rightfully belong to this phenomenal striker who keeps pushing the limits of his own potential.
What’s next for Tottenham Hotspur
Pochettino’s old club Southampton are set to come to Wembley Stadium in a 12:30 kick off on Boxing Day.