Burnley estranged Spurs from their hunt for the top four with a slight 1-0 victory at home.


Ben Mee’s header in the 71st minute gave Burnley a 1-0 Premier League win over Tottenham Hotspur at Turf Moor on Wednesday (23/2). The match result was rather surprising for both parties. The victory would mean a prolonged lifeline for the lowly Burnley, as they gained two-point and climbed the rank but remains within the relegation zone.

As for Spurs, the loss has caused them estranged from the race for the top 4, as they remain at 8th in the Premier League table. The result was also unexpected for the Antonio Conte-led squad, who had gained momentum and confidence from a 3-2 win against the Premier League leader, Manchester City on Saturday.

Match highlights

The first 45 minutes were goalless. Playing amidst the rain, Burnley performed a strong play since the early game but only to launched one shot on goal to Tottenham's loose defensive line.

However, things got more entertaining during the second half with both sides having chances. Spurs almost took the lead two minutes after the restart. It was when Son Heung-Min’s free-kick crossed onto Harry Kane, who flicked a header against Nick Pope’s crossbar, which the goalkeeper successfully made a fine save.

Burnley were soon to cause problems for the visitors. The host managed to draw Spurs’ goalkeeper-captain Hugo Lloris into action twice in three minutes. Wout Weghorst climbed above his marker at the back post to head Brownhill’s set-piece into the Frenchman’s grasp prior to keeping Mee’s downward header from McNeil’s free-kick.

Dejan Kulusevski had a chance for Spurs when he shot wide of Pope's right-hand post during a counter-attack in the 70th minute. It didn’t take long until Captain Ben Mee, who had played a dominant figure at Burnley’s defense, managed to break the deadlock with a header taken from Josh Brownhill’s free-kick.

A night to forget

Per the club’s website, Spurs deemed the match as a night to forget. The Spurs suffered a huge setback in the race for the top four with the result at Turf Moor.

Their loss was the fourth in five Premier League games and keeps them stranded in eighth, as they now played the same number of games as seventh-placed Wolves, and one fewer than Arsenal in sixth.

Overall, Spurs are eighth on 39 points, seven adrift of Manchester United, in fourth, with a couple of matches in hand.

Third win of the season

While it was a dreadful night for Spurs, the match result came as a relief for Burnley. It marked a second straight victory which surely helped The Clarets' survival bid of this season's Premier League.

With this recent record, Burnley has earned their third win of the season. Sean Dyche's side previously enjoyed a Premier League 3-0 win against Brighton on Saturday (26/2). It came after a 3-1 win they had against Brentford on October 2021.

They have climbed above Watford into 18th and are now only two points off fourth-bottom Newcastle, with one game in hand. Nevertheless, the current feat isn’t anywhere close to taking Burnley out of the relegation zone.

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