Burnley 0 Tottenham Hotspur 3
By Burnley FC
December 23 2017
Harry Kane took the match-ball back to North London as his hat-trick sentenced the Clarets to only a third home defeat of the season and took Tottenham back above Burnley into the Premier League’s top six.
Three years ago on the weekend before Christmas, Kane got one of the goals that gave Spurs the points when the two sides met at White Hart Lane.
And the England again kicked off the festive programme in predatory style to take his total of league goals this season to 15 – only one less than the Clarets have managed in total.
That has not stopped Sean Dyche’s men enjoying an outstanding first half of the season which has brought them 32 points and a run of results to be proud of.
But on an evening when Kane – helped on his way by a contentious early penalty – stamped his class on Turf Moor this was an occasion when Burnley’s grit and resilience wasn’t enough to compete with one of the league’s heavyweights.
Tottenham had taken just one point from their last five away games but were given the perfect chance to rectify that run in an explosive start. And Alli was the central character.
The England international – deemed by many to be fortunate to avoid a sending-off for a challenge on Manchester City’s Kevin De Bruyne a week previously – was booked when catching Charlie Taylor with a late sliding challenge.
And Alli was then awarded a penalty when he went down in the Clarets’ penalty area with six minutes gone.
It was a classic modern-day penalty decision as Alli knocked the ball beyond Kevin Long and then started to fall before Long’s leg arrived to make the slightest of contact, making it a testing start to the defender’s role as the banned James Tarkowski’s replacement.
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