Tottenham Hotspur 1 Burnley 1
By Burnley FC
August 27 2017
Chris Wood made a stunning start to his Premier League career with a dramatic late equaliser to continue Tottenham’s Wembley jinx and earn the Clarets a precious point.
Spurs thought they had secured only a third win in 12 games at their temporary home thanks to Dele Alli’s goal early in the second half. But battling Burnley refused to accept a first away defeat and new signing Wood marked his first taste of top-flight football with the Clarets with a clinically-taken equaliser two minutes into added time.
The former Leeds United striker came off the bench after Burnley had gone behind and showed beyond doubt that he will score goals at this level by coolly converting a Robbie Brady through-ball to send the Clarets into the international break on a high.
With Jeff Hendrick ruled out with a thigh problem, Dyche was forced to deviate from the side that had started the first two league games of the season.
Scott Arfield got the nod to start as the link man between the midfield and lone striker Sam Vokes, who put in a colossal shift as the outlet for the Clarets on an energy-sapping afternoon.
Despite the stifling conditions, Dyche’s side worked tirelessly to give nothing away against a Tottenham side which had found winning so difficult away from more familiar surroundings of their White Hart Lane base.
The Londoners had lost seven of their last nine games at Wembley and Burnley were determined not to let them improve that record easily, defending with great discipline throughout a first half which also brought moments of encouragement at the other end.
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