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Burnley v Tottenham Hotspur Live Commentary, 2/23/22

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TOT
B. Mee (71)
Turf Moor

Commentary

That's all from Turf Moor today, so thank you for joining us and goodbye!
While the Clarets edge closer to finally escaping the bottom three - having celebrated just their third league win of the season - inconsistent Spurs are set to visit Leeds on Saturday with both sides desperate for the points.
Burnley emerge with three crucial points from a scruffy affair at windswept Turf Moor, thanks to a trademark back-post header from Mee and some industrious performances elsewhere - making them good value for the win. Following Saturday's high, a relatively subdued Tottenham only briefly threatened today, but failed to capitalise on a dominant spell between half-time and the goal - ultimately heading back to the capital pointless and now seven points adrift of fourth place.
90' + 4' FULL-TIME: BURNLEY 1-0 TOTTENHAM
90' + 2' The second of three indicated stoppage-time minutes drifts by without any sign of a sustained Spurs attack, and the away side look set to lose limply.
90' In frustration at miscontrolling the ball on the left byline, Bergwijn clips Roberts by the corner flag and concedes a free-kick which will eat up some more time for the hosts, who are on the verge of a precious victory.
A. Barnes
W. Weghorst
Burnley
89' Having made little impact on the match, Weghorst makes way for Barnes in the Burnley attack.
86' SAVE! Pope makes a save at close range from Bergwijn, whose shot from the left side of the box is too close to the Burnley keeper.
85' The VAR makes a quick review of a possible foul on Winks in the area, but the referee's on-field decision to play on is upheld.
83' CLOSE! Twice, Mee fails to put the ball away inside the area, just feet away from where he headed home the game's only goal. Both chances were gilt-edged but he looked every inch a centre-back that prefers to use his head rather than his feet!
81' With the confidence from taking a lead, Burnley are seeing this game out proactively and have been far from overrun by their visitors, who are running out of time.
S. Bergwijn
R. Sessegnon
Tottenham Hotspur
79' Conte plays his final card, as Sessegnon is replaced by Bergwijn, who has recent form as a late impact substitute.
77' With the ball drifting behind him, Sessegnon slips while attempting to reach a Kulusevski cross from the right and another good chance to build pressure is lost.
75' Lucas attempts a throughball, but Son cannot connect cleanly and is ultimately caught offside.
73' Though they face a bleak picture at the moment, each of Tottenham’s last three Premier League victories have come courtesy of 90th-minute winning goals. However, they will need to get back on level terms first.
J. Brownhill
Assist
Burnley
71' A devilishly delivered free-kick from the right by Brownhill picked out Mee at the back post to finally open the scoring.
B. Mee
Goal
Burnley
71' BURNLEY BREAK THROUGH! The hosts go in front, as Brownhill crosses deep into the area from a free-kick out on the right and Mee beats Romero in the aerial battle to plant a powerful header past Lloris and into the back of the net! Burnley 1-0 Spurs!
69' CLOSE! Seconds after Rodriguez nearly breaks through, Son charges through at the other end and rolls the ball into Kulusevski's path to strike. However, his effort zips just wide of the left-hand post. Surely we'll have a goal soon?
68' SAVE! From another McNeil delivery, Rodriguez tests Lloris with a powerful header down towards the goalkeeper's feet, which the France number one pushes away to safety!
66' Spurs are pressing ever harder for the opening goal, as Kulusevski sees his shot from the right side of the box saved by Pope.
Lucas Moura
Emerson
Tottenham Hotspur
65' Despite being heavily involved since the break, Emerson is the second Spurs player to be substituted and Lucas comes on in his place.
62' SAVE! After Dier drives through the centre largely unchallenged, the ball is fed out to Kane, who cuts back and the ball is eventually cleared. Then, Kane clips another ball in from the right, which picks out Emerson at the back post. The wing-back then tees up Davies, who sees his shot parried away at close range by Pope.
60' CLOSE! Emerson seizes on a loose pass on the right side of the area, prodding the ball into Kane's path, and the Spurs striker fires a low attempt from just over 20 yards narrowly wide of Pope's left-hand post.
58' First Kulusevski nearly breaks through in the centre of the box, but Burnley get the ball clear, then Kane follows up with a dangerous outswinging cross which Tarkowski does well to divert away.
56' Connecting with a deep McNeil cross to the back post, Mee heads down and into the waiting gloves of Lloris, who is well placed to claim the ball without much difficulty.
54' With Pieters chasing onto a loose ball on the left side of the area, Emerson does well to intervene with a rugged challenge and force the ball out of play for a throw-in. Burnley have started to wake up after a slow start to the half.
52' The visitors force successive corners, but both are cleared away without much fuss by the Burnley defence.
50' Another lull ensues, as Spurs struggle to build on their bright start to the second half.
48' OFF THE BAR! From the free-kick out on the right, Son curls a high cross towards the penalty spot, where Kane attacks it with a powerful header. However, his attempt is just too high and crashes back off the crossbar with Pope surely beaten. It stays goalless, but at least we've had some attacking action!
47' Starting the second half with renewed vigour, Son embarks on a trademark slalom through the Burnley defence, which is only ended by a foul from Mee.
H. Winks
R. Bentancur
Tottenham Hotspur
46' Having sustained an injury after slipping early on in the game, Bentancur makes way for Winks in the Tottenham midfield.
46' We are back under way in Burnley, and Spurs have made a half-time change.
By the close of the first half, Tottenham had extended their share of the ball to 63 per cent - also passing more accurately and winning more duels than their hosts. Therefore, the emphasis must be on making their greater individual quality in attacking areas pay - with Lucas and Bergwijn also poised to make a contribution from the bench.
Perhaps if the original fixture had gone ahead amid the November snow, the entertainment provided would have surpassed a first half today that can only be described as a complete non-event. While blustery conditions haven't helped, the lack of attacking thrust on either side has proved a disappointment - with neither Weghorst nor Kane having a realistic sniff of goal. Surely things can only get better after the interval, as both Conte and Dyche are not renowned for withholding their opinions and will definitely demand more.
45' + 1' HALF-TIME: BURNLEY 0-0 TOTTENHAM
45' Son tries to break free on the left side of the box, but is well tracked by three claret shirts, then Sessegnon overhits a cross from the left flank out of play at the far post. That really sums the first half up.
42' Again popping up on the edge of the box, Brownhill has a shot blocked by the Spurs defence. Burnley just do not look like breaking through.
40' Compared to Saturday's fireworks, this has been a damp squib from Spurs, while Burnley have apparently forgotten how to score again!
37' Burnley have scored just 15 goals in their last 20 home matches - a period during which they've won just once - and they have failed to score at Turf Moor nine times during that period.
35' It is becoming increasingly fractious out there, as Cork twice commits fouls and the referee's whistle is being heard more frequently.
34' With a wild attempt, Emerson fires a left-footed shot from outside the box high and wide after receiving the ball from Kane.
33' Rodriguez goes down clutching the back of his head following an aerial duel with Davies, and Burnley have a free-kick midway through the Spurs half. However, the set-piece opportunity is wasted - drifting away from Weghorst and company, who had gathered hopefully in the area.
31' CLOSE! McNeil brings Kulusevski to a standstill out on the left flank, then whips a cross around the Sweden international, which is met by a glancing header from Rodriguez by the penalty spot. However, the striker's attempt flashes wide of the far post and he is ultimately flagged for offside.
28' With the ball zipping about in the gusting wind, the game has become increasingly scrappy and neither side can get a head of steam built up in the attacking third.
25' Perhaps counfounding pre-match expectations, Tottenham have only edged the possession stats so far (53 per cent) and Burnley have posted a higher passing accuracy rate (86 per cent) than their North London visitors.
23' Both Hojbjerg and Bentancur are forced into blocks on the edge of their own area as Burnley push forward, with the latter facing a handball claim, which is denied by the referee. It did strike his hand, it seems, but he could hardly have got out of the way.
21' Before kick-off today, Tottenham had lost just one of their last 20 Premier League games against sides starting the day in the relegation zone - winning 15 of those matches and each of the last six since losing to Newcastle in August 2019.
19' Having pushed forward from the back three, Romero prods well wide of Pope's left-hand post with an attempt from just inside the box. Good quality chances have been at a premium so far.
18' Kane drifts a cross to the back post for Sessegnon, but the Tottenham wing-back cannot rise high enough to make contact and the ball is cleared away. For the first time in several minutes, the visitors display some attacking intent.
16' The hosts have been relatively patient in their build up, but Spurs are sitting comfortably in a well-drilled shape and are no doubt poised to counter.
14' Burnley are growing into the game now, and Lloris makes another regulation save, as Brownhill chests down a cross from the right on the edge of the box and volleys a tame shot at goal.
12' Ahead of today's game, Burnley had won just one of their last 12 Premier League games against Spurs - losing eight of those meetings - last winning 2-1 at Turf Moor back in February 2019. Meanwhile, Tottenham have only ever failed to score in one of their 14 Premier League games versus the Clarets.
10' Under no pressure, Lloris comfortably fields a heavily deflected cross from the right by Lennon, which could have caused more difficulty given the blustery conditions.
8' With a little help from the Spurs medical staff, Bentancur trots over to the sideline. Then, moments later, he steps back onto the pitch with a wince.
7' After Brownhill has an ambitious long range shot blocked, Bentancur goes down in a heap having slipped when turning on the greasy turf.
5' Penned in on his line, Lloris punches the ball away under pressure from an inswinging corner - by that evidence, the swirling wind could be a factor in today's game.
3' Nothing comes from a couple of Spurs corners, but the away side have started positively after the confidence boost from last weekend's events.
1' In the first meaningful move of the match, Son slips the ball out to Kane on the right byline, and the Spurs striker pulls a dangerous ball back across the six yard box, which is deflected into the side-netting by Tarkowski. That's an early corner for the visitors.
1' We are under way at Turf Moor!
The players are now out on the pitch, with kick-off just moments away!
In keeping with his general preference, Conte has been able to name an unchanged side, after Kane was passed fit despite sustaining a minor back injury in the course of Saturday's heroics. Although Japhet Tanganga and Oliver Skipp remain sidelined, the returning Reguilon is back on the bench.
Burnley manager Sean Dyche includes Weghorst up front, despite the January signing being forced off against Brighton, but his strike partner Maxwel Cornet is ruled out today through injury. Therefore, there are two changes for the hosts, as Tarkowski and Rodriguez start - Collins makes way for the former and the latter replaces Cornet.
SUBS: Brandon Austin, Steven Bergwijn, Harry Winks, Davinson Sanchez, Lucas Moura, Sergio Reguilon, Dane Scarlett, Matt Doherty, Joe Rodon.
TOTTENHAM (3-4-2-1): Hugo Lloris; Cristian Romero, Eric Dier, Ben Davies; Emerson Royal, Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, Rodrigo Bentancur, Ryan Sessegnon; Dejan Kulusevski, Son Heung-min, Harry Kane.
SUBS: Wayne Hennessey, Matthew Lowton, Ashley Barnes, Dale Stephens, Nathan Collins, Phil Bardsley, Kevin Long, Bobby Thomas, Lewis Richardson.
BURNLEY (4-4-2): Nick Pope; Connor Roberts, James Tarkowski, Ben Mee, Erik Pieters; Aaron Lennon, Jack Cork, Josh Brownhill, Dwight McNeil; Jay Rodriguez, Wout Weghorst.
Meanwhile, Tottenham face a second straight match in Lancashire, following their spectacular 3-2 win at Premier League leaders Manchester City on Saturday. As a result of that Harry Kane-inspired comeback, Spurs have now won three of their last four away games in the league - as many as in their previous 11 on the road. Antonio Conte's side sit eighth in the table ahead of this rearranged fixture, which was abandoned at short notice in November due to heavy snowfall.
Burnley are seeking successive Premier League victories for the first time in over a year following their 3-0 win over Brighton at the weekend. However, they remain five points adrift of safety and have won just one of their last 20 home matches - drawing on 11 occasions. The Clarets last success at Turf Moor came back in October, and they have also crashed out of both cups on home soil - including an EFL Cup exit to Tottenham.
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