Tottenham 1-1 Burnley: Chris Wood equaliser extends Spurs' Wembley wait
By Patrick Surlis
Last Updated: 28/08/17 11:38am
Tottenham's struggles at Wembley continued as Chris Wood struck late on for Burnley to earn a dramatic 1-1 draw on Sunday.
Spurs, who have now won just two of 12 matches at the national stadium, went ahead after 49 minutes thanks to Dele Alli's low finish.
But Wood, making his first Premier League appearance for the Clarets since his club-record move from Leeds, lashed home an equaliser in stoppage time (90+2).
The result means Tottenham's wait for a league win at Wembley will extend past the international break, while Burnley have taken four points from trips to Chelsea and Spurs.
Tottenham: Lloris (6), Trippier (4), Alderweireld (5), Vertonghen (6), Davies (5), Dier (5), Dembele (6), Son (5), Alli (7), Eriksen (5), Kane (6)
Subs: Sanchez (6), Sissoko (6), Winks (6)
Burnley: Heaton (8), Lowton (7), Tarkowski (8), Mee (7), Brady (8), Defour (6), Cork (7), Gudmundsson (6), Ward (7), Arfield (7), Vokes (6)
Subs: Wood (8), Westwood (6), Barnes (6)
Man of the match: Robbie Brady
The visitors' game-plan worked perfectly in the first half as they blunted Tottenham's attack and threatened from set-plays.
James Tarkowski flashed a header over before reacting sharply in his own box to block Harry Kane's shot from close range.
But Burnley fell behind four minutes after the break when Alli scored his second goal of the new season. The England international reacted quickest after Ben Mee failed to clear a corner, converting at the second attempt past Tom Heaton.
Chris Wood enjoyed a dream second-half cameo for Burnley, while Davinson Sanchez came on in stoppage time for his Tottenham debut.
Kane, one goal short of a century for Tottenham in all competitions, had several second-half opportunities but failed to break his August duck.
Heaton denied his England team-mate twice and also saved smartly from Alli as Spurs pushed for a second to make the points safe.
But Burnley battled back into the game as Sean Dyche introduced Wood, swapping Robbie Brady to the right flank, and the two combined to earn a deserved draw.
- Spurs failed to beat Burnley in a home league game for the first time since October 1974.
- Harry Kane has failed to score in every Premier League match he has played in August (13 games), despite attempting 42 shots in those games.
- Chris Wood scored his first Premier League goal for 1107 days, since he scored for Leicester City against Everton in August 2014.
Mauricio Pochettino: "I'm disappointed how we conceded the goal, disappointed because we showed a lack of concentration at the end.
"It was a difficult game, but in the end we knew we were capable of scoring, but you cannot show that lack of concentration at the end.
"That was our mistake. We need to take responsibility, it was our fault. Overall the performance was good, we created a lot of chances to kill the game."
Sean Dyche: "Robbie Brady put a fine pass in, we know Robbie has quality. He took a bit of time to adapt to us last season but he came back pre-season with a real thirst for doing well and he has certainly started well.
"But what a finish too from Chris [Wood], a great run. There were many pleasing things today.
"I must mention Tom Heaton as well, he made two or three great saves when it was very important."
Man of the match - Robbie Brady
The winger was quiet in the first half as Burnley soaked up pressure but came to life after the break when Dyche moved him to the right.
Always capable of a dangerous delivery, he gave Ben Davies a difficult afternoon and his inch-perfect pass released Wood to fire home the equaliser.
Tottenham will travel to Everton on Saturday, September 9, when Premier League action returns following the international break.
As for Burnley, they will look to maintain their strong start to the season at home to struggling Crystal Palace the following day, live on Super Sunday on Sky Sports Premier League.