Spurs 1-1 Burnley - report from Wembley
Sun 27 August 2017, 18:05|Tottenham Hotspur
Dele Alli’s goal early in the second half was cancelled out by a stoppage-time Chris Wood strike as we were held to a draw by Burnley at Wembley Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
The visitors kept it tight and compact in defence during the first half, ensuring they always had plenty of numbers back and, while we enjoyed the majority of possession, we struggled to create chances.
Harry Kane and Eric Dier sent headers over the bar, with Ben Mee and James Tarkowski doing the same at the other end of the pitch, while Tarkowski was proving a rock at the heart of the Burnley defence, blocking our shots time and again.
The goal came four minutes after the break when Christian Eriksen’s corner landed at the feet of Dele and with his second attempt, he smashed the ball past Tom Heaton.
That opened the game up and, as Burnley came out of their shell in search of an equaliser, we created some good chances on goal, only for Heaton to deny Kane twice, Eriksen and Dele in a 10-minute spell.
But having not taken the opportunities, we were always susceptible to the counter-attack and when Robbie Brady’s clipped ball over the top found substitute Wood breaking from deep on his Premier League debut, Burnley’s new signing drilled into the far corner to level it up.
Mauricio Pochettino made one change from the side which lost to Chelsea last weekend, Heung-Min Son replacing Victor Wanyama, who had picked up a knee injury. New signing Davinson Sanchez was on the bench for the first time, as was 17-year-old Academy central midfielder Tashan Oakley-Boothe, who featured for the first team in pre-season. Mousa Dembele made his 200th Spurs appearance in all competitions.
Chances: both sides heading for goal – 7-38mins
It was a fairly even contest for the opening 10 minutes, Brady testing Hugo Lloris with a cross-shot which he had to push away for a corner, Mee heading the set-piece over the bar on seven minutes. At the other end, Tarkowski blocked Eriksen’s shot, before Kane headed Ben Davies’ free-kick over at the back post and Dier did likewise from an Eriksen centre on 23 minutes. Tarkowski then couldn’t keep his header down, while the defender was in the right place again from a defensive point of view, blocking Kane’s 38th-minute shot-on-the-turn after good build-up play down our left.
Goal: Spurs 1-0 Burnley – Dele Alli – 49mins
Having found Burnley so difficult to break down in the first half, it took just four minutes of the second to open the scoring. Eriksen’s corner was flicked on at the near post by Jan Vertonghen, the ball fell to Dele whose first shot from eight yards out was accidentally blocked by Mousa Dembele, but the rebound came straight back to him and he lashed it past Heaton.
Above: Eric Dier goes up for a header.
Save: Lloris denies Brady – 71mins
The goal changed the whole complexion of the game, with Burnley sending on strikers Ashley Barnes and Wood as they searched for an equaliser and they were far more adventurous in their play. Kane did almost make it 2-0 in the 53rd minute but curled wide, while Lloris produced an outstanding save to keep out Brady’s rising 25-yard drive.
Saves: Heaton keeps score down – 73mins
Suddenly the game opened up and we were carving out opportunities, only to find Heaton in fine form. First he saved from Kane and then the England striker had a header cleared off the line by Steven Defour. We recycled the ball to Eriksen, whose fizzing angled shot was kept out by the Burnley keeper. Kane was through on goal in the 75th minute, but Heaton made himself big to deny him again and a minute later, Kieran Trippier’s cross came to Dele but he could only shoot straight at Heaton.
Save: Lloris quickly out to thwart Wood – 83mins
Despite those chances, it was still only 1-0 and we needed to be alert at the back. Lloris was exactly that in the 83rd minute when Brady threaded the perfect pass for Wood to race through on goal, but Lloris was smartly off his line and slid in to cleanly win the ball 20 yards from goal.
Goal: Spurs 1-1 Burnley – Chris Wood – 90+2mins
It looked like we were going to hold on for the win as the game entered into stoppage time. But in the 92nd minute, Brady lifted a ball over the top which found Wood breaking through and his right-foot shot from 15 yards beat the sliding challenge of Toby Alderweireld and ended up in the back of the net. We put new signing Sanchez on for the final couple of minutes and tried to apply some late pressure to get the winner, but the whistle blew to signal the end of a disappointing afternoon.
Mauricio Pochettino Said
"Of course we're disappointed, especially in the way we conceded the goal. Only we are responsible for conceding that goal, a lack of concentration at the end like it was against Chelsea and it's a real shame after all the effort to concede the draw. I think we deserved more but in the last two games here against Chelsea and Burnley we've suffered from a lack of concentration at the end of the game. It's true we had a lot of possibilities to score the second goal and kill the game and when you don't kill the game, you always give hope to the opponent to play a long ball to a big striker."
Toby Alderweireld Said
"It's not an easy game - they are strong, they defend all the time, they counter-attack, set-pieces as well, every ball comes into the box but in these games we have to finish it before. In the last five or 10 minutes we have to be more clever. They defend with 10 men behind the ball so it's difficult to create chances. You have to be clinical in your passing, in playing forward and then if you get three or four chances, you have to kill the game. You know with the big guys they have up front, when it's still 1-0 they are going to put balls into the box and it's difficult. We have to finish the game a lot earlier."
Spurs (4-2-3-1): Lloris (c), Trippier, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Davies, Dier, Dembele (Sanchez 90+2), Eriksen (Winks 88), Dele, Son (Sissoko 70), Kane. Substitutes (not used): Vorm, Walker-Peters, Oakley-Boothe, Janssen.
Burnley (4-5-1): Heaton (c), Lowton, Tarkowski, Mee, Ward, Gudmundsson (Wood 57), Cork, Arfield (Westwood 81), Defour, Brady, Vokes (Barnes 57). Substitutes (not used): Pope, Bardsley, Taylor, Long.
Goals: Spurs – Dele 49; Burnley – Wood 90+2.
Referee: Lee Mason.
It’s an international break after today’s game, so no Premier League fixtures next weekend.
We are back in action on Saturday 9 September with a visit to Goodison Park to face Everton.
Ronald Koeman’s side have four points from their opening three games, having beaten Stoke City at home and drawn away to Manchester City.
They lost 2-0 on Sunday afternoon to Chelsea at Stamford Bridge. Kick-off is at 3pm.