Dele penalty secures draw at Burnley
Burnley 1-1 Spurs
Sat 07 March 2020, 19:37|Tottenham Hotspur
Dele Alli's second-half penalty ensured we took a point away from Turf Moor on Saturday evening.
The England international, operating in the false nine role, fired home his 50th Premier League goal from 12 yards after Erik Lamela was brought down by Burnley captain Ben Mee, cancelling out Chris Wood's 13th-minute opener for the Clarets.
Substitute Matej Vydra was thwarted by excellent interventions from Eric Dier and Hugo Lloris in the last 20 minutes, while Giovani Lo Celso went closest to winning the game for us in a much-improved second-half performance, but curled just wide as the game ended 1-1.
Our best chance of a scrappy first period came after only 36 seconds but a loose ball ran marginally behind the on-rushing Lamela and he couldn't get a shot away. Burnley pressed forward in the first 20 minutes, though, forcing us into making mistakes at the back. Wood's snap-shot flew over before an almighty scramble ensued in our box in the ninth minute following a corner, the ball being cleared off the line before Toby Alderweireld's important block on the follow-up. Lloris, back in the starting XI after missing our last two matches with a groin problem as one of five changes from the midweek FA Cup clash with Norwich, denied Jack Cork on 11 minutes, but would have wanted to do better two minutes later as the hosts took the lead, the goalkeeper repelling Jay Rodriguez's shot into the path of Wood, who steered into the net.
Lloris subsequently saved Dwight McNeil's free-kick but although we started to take control of the midfield as the half went on, chances were still at a premium, with Lamela's left-footed shot from the edge of the area just before the half-hour mark comfortably dealt with by Nick Pope in our only notable attempt at goal. Phil Bardsley had one final chance for Burnley before the break, but his acrobatic effort flew over.
Jose Mourinho shook things up at half-time, introducing Lo Celso and Lucas Moura in place of Tanguy Ndombele and Oliver Skipp, the latter having come in for his first league start of the season - much like he did last season against the same opposition, albeit at home - and switching from three at the back to four. And within five minutes of the restart we were back level as Mee tripped Lamela just inside the box and Dele fired home the resulting penalty, bringing up his half-century for goals scored in the top flight.
We seemed to play forward more freely after that, Alderweireld floating a left-foot shot just over, but it needed a superb last-ditch tackle from behind by Dier to deny Vydra as he closed in on goal in the 70th minute. We strung together a couple of good counter-attacking moves but just couldn't apply that final pass while Wood tried a couple of shots from range that Lloris dealt with well.
Lo Celso nearly won it with a moment of quality, conjuring up a shot when nothing seemed on but curling fractionally wide of the post on his left foot on 82 minutes, while there was one more big chance for Burnley two minutes later - McNeil's shot from the left angle hit both Japhet Tanganga and Alderweireld in the box, but Alderweireld recovered to get a slight touch on Vydra's shot-on-the-turn at the back post, enabling Lloris to make a superb stop on his line. Dele's late effort was deflected into the side netting as we continued to probe for a winner, but we had to survive a last-gasp Burnley corner before taking home a well-earned point.
Dele's well-taken penalty got us back into the game, giving us a real lift in the process, but the key moment came at the other end six minutes from time - a superb save from Lloris to deny in-form Vydra. The Burnley substitute looked set to fire home at the back post after a scrappy ball came in from the left, in a similar manner to how Ashley Barnes won this fixture for the hosts last year, but Alderweireld got a slight touch on the ball, with our captain making a big save to ensure there was to be no repeat of the 2-1 scoreline on our aforementioned previous visit to Turf Moor.
Jose Mourinho said: "I’m pleased with the reaction (in the second half), but I think we had conditions to perform better in the first half. Generally, a very good game, of course it’s not the result we want, and we showed that in the way we played until the last second, always trying to win, but we didn’t manage to score more than one goal. Burnley is a team that defends well and doesn’t concede many goals, but (the fact that) we arrived in many dangerous positions and didn’t manage to (score again) is hard for us. I’m pleased with the reaction, pleased with the attitude."
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Burnley 1-1 Spurs
Burnley (4-4-2): Pope, Bardsley, Mee (c), Tarkowski, Taylor, Hendrick (Lennon 89), Cork, Westwood, McNeil, Rodriguez (Vydra 68), Wood. Substitutes (not used): Hart, Brownhill, Brady, Pieters, Long.
Spurs (3-4-3): Lloris (c), Sanchez, Dier, Alderweireld, Tanganga, Skipp (Lucas 46), Ndombele (Lo Celso 46), Vertonghen, Lamela (Aurier 78), Dele, Bergwijn. Substitutes (not used): Gazzaniga, Sessegnon, Gedson, Winks.
Goals: Burnley - Wood 13; Spurs - Dele 50 (pen).
Yellow cards: Burnley - Taylor 51, Tarkowski 57, Cork 59, Hendrick 76, Westwood 90+3; Spurs - Lamela 19, Sanchez 56, Bergwijn 78, Lo Celso 90+2.
Referee: Jonathan Moss.
Venue: Turf Moor.
Weather: Cloudy, moderate breeze, 10 degrees.