Burnley 0 Tottenham 0: Three talking points

Sam Rogers takes a look at some of the talking points as a resilient Burnley hold Tottenham to a goalless draw at Turf Moor

Resilient Burnley battle to a point

With a wealth of attacking talent, you would have expected Tottenham to have made light work of their hosts at Turf Moor. As it was, it couldn’t have been any further from the truth. The Lancastrian outfit battled admirably right to the finish, holding firm as Tottenham failed to keep up the pressure on the top four. Sean Dyche deserves credit for the way he has galvanised his side into a difficult-to-beat unit, the same side that turned over the defending champions Manchester City not so long ago.

Boyd misses late chance to cause upset

With neither side looking likely to break the deadlock as Burnley held firm at the back, Tottenham’s frustration caused them to be sloppy at the back and almost allowed George Boyd a chance to win it late but saw his glancing header drift wide. Having stolen an unlikely victory from City, you’d have put good money on the Scot hitting the target but he was unable to turn his body into the right position to grab a win.

Kane misses chance of history as Spurs lose ground in European race

With 29 to his name already, a goal at Turf Moor for Harry Kane would have made him the first Tottenham player since Gary Lineker to net 30 times in a season. Unfortunately for him, he came up against a resolute Burnley side who weren’t about to let the England international run riot in the north west. The ramifications for Tottenham run deep as they lost ground on their European rivals in the hunt for the top four, with only Liverpool losing this weekend, though their result against Arsenal was seemingly far less surprising. With only a handful of games left, Tottenham will have to get their act together to try and cement a Europa League place.

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