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Tottenham Hotspur vs Burnley. The FA Cup Third Round.

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Tottenham Hotspur 1

  • P Porro (78th minute)

Burnley 0

    Tottenham 1-0 Burnley: Pedro Porro screamer sends Ange Postecoglou's side into FA Cup fourth round

    Report as Pedro Porro's first goal of the season sends Tottenham into the FA Cup fourth round with narrow victory over Burnley; visitors have now been eliminated from the FA Cup on six occasions by Spurs, the joint most any side has knocked them out

    Tottenham Hotspur's Pedro Porro celebrates scoring the winner against Burnley
    Image: Pedro Porro celebrates his stunning winner against Burnley

    Pedro Porro's 25-yard special helped Tottenham stumble into the FA Cup fourth round with a hard-fought 1-0 home win over Burnley.

    Spurs were far from vintage and a replay at Turf Moor appeared on the cards until Ange Postecoglou watched full-back Porro make the breakthrough with a superb strike in the 78th minute.

    It earned Tottenham a deserved fourth win from five matches, but Clarets boss Vincent Kompany could take positives after a solid display and they will now concentrate fully on staying in the Premier League.

    Speaking afterwards, Postecoglou said on Porro's goal: "We're disappointed he hasn't had a few more this season, he's been a bit unlucky, hit the post a couple of times and he's been outstanding all year, working on his defensive game.

    "But we know as an attacking threat he's also got those qualities and the way the game was going we were going to need something special from someone and he delivered."

    How Porro lit up dreary affair

    The Tottenham players celebrate Porro's winner
    Image: The Tottenham players celebrate Porro's winner

    Spurs had already beaten Burnley 5-2 this season, but they were missing their hat-trick hero from that September day with Heung-Min Son away for the Asian Cup and the visitors started brightly in north London.

    Anass Zaroury blazed over early on before Wilson Odobert tested Tottenham goalkeeper Guglielmo Vicario with a long-range effort.

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    Postecoglou had only made two changes for this third-round tie and arguably his strongest available team soon started to click into gear.

    Team news

    • Spurs named Micky van de Ven and Ryan Sessegnon on their bench. Ange Postecoglou named a strong side with Dejan Kulusevski, Richarlison and Brennan Johnson as a three-pronged attack. Eric Dier was not named in the squad amid interest from Bayern Munich.
    • Dara O'Shea, Vitinho, Charlie Taylor, Lyle Foster, Wilson Odobert and Zeki Amdouni retained their places for Burnley following their 3-2 defeat at Aston Villa. In came Arijanet Muric, Hannes Delcroix, Josh Cullen, Aaron Ramsey and Anass Zaroury.

    Richarlison scuffed wide after a slick move before Brennan Johnson's curler forced Arijanet Muric into action.

    The stadium was united in applause soon after when the clock struck 16 minutes as a tribute took place for Tottenham fan Harry Pitman, who was killed on New Year's Eve.

    Giovani Lo Celso hooked over at the end of a touching minute's applause before VAR checked Rodrigo Bentancur's tackle on Zaroury, but Spurs' stand-in skipper avoided punishment.

    Kompany's side created their best chance with 27 minutes gone when Zaroury's scooped pass put Zeki Amdouni through on goal but he fired over, and while the offside flag was raised, it would have counted.

    Johnson did flash wide from a Porro centre before half-time, but a drab first 45 ended goalless in N17.

    Pedro Porro celebrates his stunning winner
    Image: Pedro Porro celebrates his stunning winner

    Tottenham were sent out early for the second half and it initially had the desired effect with Dejan Kulusevski driving over, while Lo Celso and Johnson tested Muric.

    Spurs were still trying to walk the ball in, though, and groans were audible from the home fans when Kulusevski decided to pass instead of shoot from a promising position.

    Lo Celso limped off moments later and Burnley also lost Charlie Taylor to a shoulder injury, which forced Kompany into a triple substitution with Nathan Redmond amongst those introduced.

    Johnson had called Muric into action again by this point with a volley into the ground before the hosts had half-hearted penalty appeals waved away when the attacker went down after slight contact by Josh Brownhill.

    Burnley turn their attentions to the Premier League
    Image: Burnley turn their attentions to the Premier League

    A replay at Turf Moor seemed to loom large as the seconds ticked away, but Porro had other ideas.

    Moments after Richarlison failed to get on the end of Kulusevski's cross, Porro won back possession from Ameen Al-Dakhil and let fly from 25 yards, with his dipping effort nestling into the corner.

    Tottenham substitute Ryan Sessegnon nearly put the game to bed in the 86th minute but Muric saved and Burnley's goalkeeper almost set up a late leveller from a corner only for Amdouni to volley wide.

    Postecoglou: We were a little bit wasteful

    Ange Postecoglou says his side lacked a cutting edge
    Image: Ange Postecoglou says his side lacked a cutting edge

    Spurs boss Ange Postecoglou told ITV:

    "I think it's a cup competition so whatever I say or whatever my analysis is, the bottom line is we're though to the next round so that's what you've got to take out of it because I think the cup games are a unique beast and we're through to the next round so that's the main thing.

    "We were a little bit wasteful in the final third because we had most of the ball, most of the territory. As I said you analyse those things and give feedback to the players and it's better to do that when you're in the next round of the cup."

    Kompany credits players in defeat

    Arijanet Muric looked to force a Burnley equaliser
    Image: Arijanet Muric looked to force a Burnley equaliser

    Burnley boss Vincent Kompany told ITV:

    "I've never known the mood of the camp to be joyful after a defeat but... We are disappointed with the result of course but I said to the lads about key moments. I think we have earned the right to be in those games, to compete in those type of games.

    "At the start of the season the gap was too big, but recently we are competing. What we need to do now it to bring that final bit. If you concede a goal like we did today, sometimes you have to shake hands and say: 'A top goal and that's it.' We've got to take our chances.

    "You play against a top team like we did and they have chances as well, so it is always also credit to them."

    Tottenham survive scare after Porro screamer

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    Former Tottenham defender Stephen Kelly describes the moment Pedro Porro finally broke the deadlock with a wonder goal in the FA Cup clash with Burnley

    Former Tottenham defender Stephen Kelly on Sky Sports News:

    "It was a screamer to win it from Porro. A goal worthy of winning any game. A wonderful strike from Porro, who did well to intercept the pass, drive forward and there was great dip on the ball to leave the goalkeeper with no chance.

    "To be honest, the last few moments were a little bit scary for Tottenham. Delcroix and Amdouni had glorious chances in the last two minutes of the game. Tottenham rode their luck but deserved to win over the course of the game.

    "It's important for Postecoglou as he's won trophies everywhere he's been and he'd like to do that with Tottenham so this is an important win. Things could have been better in the final third but overall they were the better team so he'll be happy with the performance."

    Spurs tentative without Son but Porro ignites hope

    Tottenham made heavy work of beating Burnley
    Image: Tottenham made heavy work of beating Burnley

    Sky Sports' Ben Grounds:

    They say it's never dull at Tottenham under Ange Postecoglou. Friday's snore-fest with Burnley was making a strong case for contesting that claim when Pedro Porro looked up, ran forward and sent a speculative drive dipping delightfully away from the watching Arijanet Muric into the far corner.

    The camera planted inside the goal meant the ball reacted angrily to the net, getting spat out, making it all the more satisfying on the eye.

    Tottenham's early exit to Fulham in the Carabao Cup means this is Postecoglou's only chance of silverware in his first season in charge. He will tell you he has won plenty of trophies already in his career, but it would have been an unwanted additional game had his depleted squad been sent to Turf Moor for a replay.

    For large periods, it was the most they deserved. Stripped of Heung-Min Son, Spurs lacked inspiration but Porro has been one of his most reliable performers this term. This was his first goal since the final day of last season. Brennan Johnson joked afterwards he "misses a lot in training" while Postecoglou noted his disappointment at it taking until January for him to open his account.

    It is now 34 games in all competitions stretching back to March in which Spurs have scored at least once, including all 22 under their Australian head coach. Ryan Sessegnon's late cameo was a welcome sight, as was Micky van de Ven being named on the bench. Having waited 16 long years, Spurs took their first tentative step on their latest journey to end their barren run.

    Ange on Dier absence: Don't question my integrity

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    Ange Postecoglou insists Eric Dier's absence from the Tottenham squad was due to injury and not related to reports of a possible move to Bayern Munich.

    Postecoglou says he is willing to let Bayern Munich target Eric Dier go despite Ben Davies picking up a hamstring injury.

    Sky in Germany are reporting that Dier and Bayern have a total verbal agreement, with the 29-year-old being offered a one-and-a-half-year deal by the German champions.

    Dier, whose Spurs contract expires this summer, missed Friday night's FA Cup third-round win over Burnley but Postecoglou confirmed he was absent due to an injury with his omission nothing to do with a potential move away.

    The Australian said on Dier: "He's injured. He just pulled up sore and didn't train yesterday."

    Questioned whether his absence was to do with a potential move to Bayern, Postecoglou responded: "Separate issue mate, but don't question my integrity. When I say he's injured, he's injured. He didn't train yesterday. I can get Vision [Spurs' training system footage] in for you, you can ask him. It's got nothing to do with anything else."

    Asked again about the Bayern links, he said: "I've got no idea. When you ask me whether he's injured, he's injured. I didn't make that up. If he wasn't injured I'd say he wasn't selected. It's easy for me to say.

    "He's injured and in terms of anything else that's happening, not on my radar. Not that I've heard of. If there is something I'm sure I'll hear of it, but fair to say in the last 24 hours we've been focusing on the game and the guys that are available."

    Asked whether he could afford to lose Dier this month with Davies now injured, Postecoglou simply replied: "Yes."

    What's next?

    Tottenham's next game is on Sunday January 14 when they travel to Manchester United in the Premier League, live on Sky Sports; kick-off 4.30pm. Spurs then host Brentford on Wednesday January 31; kick-off 7.30pm.

    Live Super Sunday

    Burnley's next outing is at home to Luton in the Premier League on Monday January 15; kick-off 7.45pm. The Clarets then play away to Manchester City on Wednesday January 31; kick-off 7.30pm.

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