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18 December 2016|Tottenham Hotspur

Danny Rose scored a superb winner as we recovered from conceding an early opener to overcome Burnley and round off our home games in 2016 with a 2-1 win at White Hart Lane on Sunday afternoon.

The visitors went ahead somewhat against the run of play when Ashley Barnes benefitted from a fortunate rebound off Mousa Dembele in the area and slotted past Hugo Lloris on 21 minutes, but we were level six minutes later when Kyle Walker’s low cross was turned in by Dele Alli.

We were enjoying the majority of possession and Burnley needed their England goalkeeper Tom Heaton to keep them in the game as he made good saves from Harry Kane and two from Christian Eriksen in the second half, but he could do nothing about our winning goal.

With 19 minutes remaining, substitute Moussa Sissoko led the charge forward before finding Rose in the left channel of the area and our England left-back rifled his shot past Heaton - a deserved goal after a fine individual display from the 26-year-old.

There were one or two nervy moments towards the end as Burnley looked to get the ball forward quickly but overall we dealt with their threats without too many problems, although Lloris needed safe hands to gather Andre Gray’s cross as Sam Vokes almost got a touch. The final whistle blew shortly afterwards, though, and a second home win in four days was in the bag.

Team news

Mauricio Pochettino made two changes to the team that lined up against Hull City on Wednesday night. Dembele returned from a foot problem in place of Sissoko while Harry Winks came back in with Toby Alderweireld sidelined. Winks stepped into midfield and Eric Dier moved back into central defence. Former Academy graduate Dean Marney started in midfield for Burnley, while goalkeeper Paul Robinson was on the Clarets’ bench.

Key action

Chances: both sides close – 11mins
It was an entertaining opening to the game, played at a great tempo and chances came thick and fast. Just two minutes were on the clock when Rose and Harry Kane combined to set Dele free down the left channel of the area, but he sent his effort high and wide. Then Burnley could only clear as far as Christian Eriksen, but his half-volley from just inside the area cannoned off Michael Keane for a corner. At the other end, Stephen Ward dispossessed Walker and crossed for Gray, whose first time shot was saved by the legs of Lloris.

Goal: Spurs 0-1 Burnley – Ashley Barnes – 21mins
We continued to create opportunities with Dele hitting the post from a tight angle after Victor Wanyama’s knock-down at a corner, before Winks tested Heaton from distance. But the visitors took the lead when Scott Arfield broke into the area down the left, he found George Boyd who fired towards goal, the ball taking a touch of Dembele and falling to Barnes to prod home from close range.

Above: Danny Rose goes up for a header.

Goal: Spurs 1-1 Burnley – Dele Alli – 27mins
Fortunately we responded quickly and were back on level terms within six minutes. Patient build-up around the Burnley area ended with Wanyama knocking the ball wide to Walker, whose low centre was poked home by Dele.

Save: Heaton keeps it level – 42mins
The equaliser lifted our performance again and we were the more dominant side, although Burnley were always a threat on the break. We had a counter of our own on 33 minutes and it was almost four against two, Kane going himself when Winks was free and the England striker’s shot was blocked, before Dembele dragged an effort wide. Then an excellent pass from Dele put Kane through, but his shot flicked off Heaton’s heel and the danger was cleared.

Save: Eriksen denied by Heaton – 64mins
The second period continued in the same vein as we kept up the pressure on the Burnley goal but found the breakthrough hard to come by. Eriksen hit a 25-yard drive just over the bar and then headed straight at Heaton after Rose’s persistence won the ball on the byline and he sent over a perfect cross for the Dane. But we were never able to relax at the other end as Burnley went on the offensive whenever they had the ball and Lloris needed to be alert to save a Barnes header. Heaton then produced a fine save on 64 minutes, diving low down to his left to prevent Eriksen’s drive creeping in at the far post.

Goal: Spurs 2-1 Burnley – Danny Rose - 71mins
We made a change with Sissoko replacing Dembele and the French midfielder was quickly in the action, getting booked before setting up our second, although the goal was all about the excellent Rose. We broke forward on half-way with the left-back dummying the ball to allow Sissoko to surge towards the Burnley area. He then laid it off to Rose, who continued his run, took a touch and lashed a shot past Heaton. Six minutes later he was substituted for Ben Davies and left the field to a well-deserved standing ovation. Other chances came and went for us without really testing Heaton again, while at the other end, Lloris was at his assured best to gather Gray’s teasing cross as Vokes attempted to poke home an equaliser in the dying seconds.

Mauricio Pochettino said

"We knew Burnley are a team that is competitive, run a lot and fight for every single ball. It’s true we conceded a goal in the first half and the way we conceded was a little unlucky but we feel very pleased because the players always believed, they never lost their faith in trying to go further and trying to win. It was a good performance, it’s always hard to win in the Premier League and congratulations (to the players), it was a big performance and a big three points for us."

Dele Alli said

"It was an important win for the team, especially after they made it such a tough game for us. We knew what it was going to be like and it was important we stayed focused and stayed patient. Danny Rose is a fantastic full-back and I don’t think there are many better in the Premier League. He deserves everything he gets."

That is football, and that is the Premier League. It is one of the best leagues in the world. You never have complete control of the game.

Mauricio Pochettino

Match data

Spurs (4-3-3): Lloris (c); Walker, Dier, Vertonghen, Rose (Davies 77); Winks, Wanyama, Dembele (Sissoko 63); Dele (Son 73), Kane, Eriksen. Subsitutes (not used): Vorm, Trippier, Wimmer, Nkoudou.

Burnley (4-4-2): Heaton (c); Lowton, Keane, Mee, Ward; Boyd (Kightly 83), Hendrick, Marney (Defour 84), Arfield; Gray, Barnes (Vokes 80). Substitutes (not used): Robinson, Flanagan, Tarkowski, Darikwa.

Goals: Spurs – Dele 27, Rose 71; Burnley – Barnes 21.

Yellows cards: Spurs - Sissoko; Burnley – Barnes, Lowton.

Referee: Kevin Friend.

Attendance: 31,467.

Up next

Our 2016 fixtures conclude at St Mary’s Stadium in 10 days’ time when we head to the south coast to take on Southampton. The Saints have lost just once at home in the Premier League this season, 2-0 against league leaders Chelsea, and are currently seventh in the table with 24 points from 17 matches. Kick-off on Wednesday, December 28, is at 7.45pm.