Tottenham Hotspur 1-0 Burnley: Harry Kane penalty is the difference

After a jubilant performance against Arsenal in the North London Derby on Thursday, Tottenham had a quick turnaround for the opener of matchweek 37.

Spurs found several gaps in the final third to create chances on Burnley, playing against the ever-pesky Burnley side who play very defensively.

However, the tree trunk that is Nick Pope saved every shot that was aimed at him. He is known for playing his best in goal against Tottenham. Would it be an audition? Who knows? It wouldn’t bother the guy as a possible number two.

The game’s only goal came in extra time before the end of the first half when Ashley Barnes was called for a handball after a Davinson Sanchez flick inside the box. After a quick review by VAR and Kevin Friend, the penalty was given. Yes, it would have been great for Son Heung-min to have his chance to match Mohamed Salah in the Golden Boot race, but Harry Kane is one of the best penalty takers in the world. Scoring his shot into the bottom left corner, Spurs took a 1-0 lead into the half.

The second half saw a more aggressive Burnley side still battling to stay above relegation. The Clarets had a big chance on the hour mark when Barnes curled his shot past Hugo Lloris but hit the left post. It gave everyone who supports Spurs a knot in their stomach, it can’t be, is it?

Tottenham never gave in, remaining calm, cool and poised as the boys moved up and down both sides of the pitch to keep the clean sheet and create chances.

Son had a brilliant chance to catch two goals on the attacking side, but once again Pope played crazy. Everywhere else with his shot placement, and Son is co-top scorer.

Spurs picked up all three points in what many would call a trap game in front of the home crowd for the last time this season.

Now we await Monday Night Football at St. James Park as the Toon team look to break Arsenal’s heart.


  • A stomach bug swept through the training hall in the two days before Burnley, with Dejan Kulusevksi suffering the most. He would appear in the game after 75 minutes for Lucas Moura.
  • The Spurs backline played well, of course there were a few misses with untimed passes straight to Betancur and Højbjerg, but they only gave Maxwell Cornet a chance early in the game.
  • It was good to see Antonio Conte give Joe Rodon another cameo. He seems to have faith in the Welshman, of course injuries made it possible, but Rodon is always ready and never complains.
  • Spurs’ front three weren’t at their best today. A slight NLD hangover? Who knows, but the three missed chances would have blown the roof off the game and wouldn’t have kept us all sweating until the final whistle.

With one final game remaining in the season, at Carrow Road, could it all come down to the Championship on Sunday for the fourth and final Champions League place?