A contested Harry Kane penalty gave Tottenham Hotspur a 1-0 Premier League win over relegation-threatened Burnley on Sunday, shifting Antonio Conte’s workforce right into a Champions League qualification place.
Spurs climbed above Arsenal into fourth on 68 factors from 37 video games — the Gunners are on 66 from 36 matches and might return to the highest 4 in the event that they win at Newcastle United on Monday.
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Burnley, underneath caretaker supervisor Mike Jackson, went into the sport in seventeenth place and can slip again into the underside three if Leeds United keep away from defeat at dwelling to Brighton & Hove Albion.
Regardless of dominating the possibilities, Spurs have been hanging on nervously within the last minutes and Conte praised their resilience with a lot at stake and only a single objective lead in opposition to a workforce who beat them in February.
“Burnley have been the right workforce to check our nerves,” Conte mentioned. “I’m undecided that if we face this recreation three months in the past we are able to have a good time three factors on the finish of the sport. This workforce has improved rather a lot, not solely within the tactical and technical facets but additionally of their mentality.”
Tottenham dominated the opening 20 minutes however Burnley’s makeshift defence held agency with goalkeeper Nick Pope making a number of key saves and the guests went shut when Maxwel Cornet compelled a advantageous cease from Hugo Lloris.
However in stoppage time earlier than the interval, referee Kevin Pal was despatched to assessment a handball incident and dominated that the arm of Ashley Barnes had been in an “unnatural place” when the ball struck it.
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Kane drilled the spot-kick into the underside nook however Burnley’s protests continued after the halftime whistle with offended exchanges within the tunnel.
Pope made two excellent saves after the break to maintain out Son Heung-Min whereas Barnes struck the put up for Burnley with a thundering drive from distance.
However Spurs have been compelled to defend deep within the closing phases as Burnley pumped crosses into the realm within the hope of a late equaliser.
It didn’t arrive and a relieved crowd have been left to have a good time three important factors for Spurs whose final recreation of the season is at relegated Norwich Metropolis.
Burnley journey to Aston Villa on Thursday earlier than internet hosting Newcastle United at Turf Moor.
“If we preserve that spirit it provides us an actual likelihood,” mentioned Jackson, who whereas upset with the penalty award mentioned he was pleased with the best way his workforce, with out first-choice central defenders Ben Mee and James Tarkowski, had coped with Spurs.