Tottenham 2-1 Burnley: Danny Rose's second-half strike keeps Spurs' pressure on top four
By James Kilpatrick
Last Updated: 19/12/16 12:02am
Danny Rose's second-half strike ensured Tottenham kept the pressure on the Premier League's top four with a 2-1 win against Burnley on Sunday afternoon.
Burnley took a surprise lead in the 21st minute through Ashley Barnes, but Dele Alli replied six minutes later.
Despite resolute defending from Sean Dyche's side in the second half, Rose secured all three points with a powerful effort 19 minutes from time.
The result means Tottenham stay in fifth, just one point behind both Arsenal and Liverpool - who play Everton on Mersey Monday. Burnley remain 16th and three points above the relegation zone.
Tottenham head coach Mauricio Pochettino brought Mousa Dembele back into the team, but were without defender Toby Alderweireld, who had to pull out shortly before kick-off. Harry Winks made his second Premier League start of the season.
For Burnley, Johann Gudmundsson was not in the matchday squad due to a hamstring injury, while Steven Defour was on the bench.
Spurs started the match brightly as Alli blazed a glorious chance over the bar in just the second minute, before fullbacks Kyle Walker and Rose started causing Burnley's wide players significant problems.
However, shortly after Andre Gray forced Hugo Lloris into a wonderful reflex save, Burnley took the lead in the 21st minute. Scott Arfield intercepted a Winks pass deep in Tottenham's half, with George Boyd drilling the ball in for Barnes to poke in a surprise opener.
Just five minutes later, Alli equalised after Walker surged down the right flank and drilled the ball low into the box for the 20-year-old to get his fourth Premier League goal of the season.
Tottenham then continued their pressure on Burnley's goal having 19 shots in the first half. The closest Spurs came to taking the lead was through Harry Kane, whose powerful shot was scrambled away by Tom Heaton.
Early in the second half there were calls for a penalty after Gray appeared to be brought down by Eric Dier, but referee Kevin Friend said no penalty. Dier looked to have just touched the ball before making contact with Gray.
Alli then came close to finding the net in the 62nd minute with an elegantly curled strike shortly before Christian Eriksen put Heaton to the test with a driven shot aimed for the bottom corner.
After continued Tottenham pressure and some effective defending by Michael Keane and Ben Mee, Spurs took the lead. A powerful run from substitute Moussa Sissoko opened up the Burnley defence before teeing up Rose to smash in his second goal in 12 Premier League appearances.
Tottenham continued to press Burnley to get a third goal, including near misses from Kane and Son Heung-Min, and were able to hold on for back-to-back Premier League wins as Burnley's away day troubles continue.
Tottenham: Lloris (7), Walker(8) , Dier (6), Vertonghen (7), Rose (9), Wanyama (7), Winks (7), Dembele (7), Eriksen (8), Alli (8), Kane (7).
Used subs: Davies (7), Sissoko (8), Son (N/A)
Burnley: Heaton (8), Lowton (5), Keane (7), Mee (7), Ward (6), Arfield (7), Marney (6), Hendrick (6), Boyd (6), Gray (7), Barnes (7).
Used Subs: Defour (6), Kightly (5), Vokes (6)
Man of the Match: Danny Rose