A moment of magic from Harry Kane and Son Heung-min helped Tottenham seal their third Premier League away win in a row against Burnley.

Tottenham Hotspur continued their remarkable run away from home, securing their third away victory of the campaign through a 1-0 win over Burnley at Turf Moor.

It was a cagey affair between the two sides, with the hosts, after a disappointing start to the campaign, more than willing to just sit back and cover Nick Pope in goal with two banks of four. Spurs, on the other hand, lacked inventiveness as their opposition barely allowed the likes of Son Heung-min and Harry Kane any space on the ball.

The first half ended goalless, but the game did open up a little after the restart. As the Burnley players started to tire, Jose Mourinho was quick to make some smart moves, most notably bringing on Erik Lamela. And it was his corner kick that led to Spurs’ breakthrough in the 76th minute as Kane’s cushioned header found Son in front of goal.

Burnley did try to push Tottenham back in search for an equaliser, but they never had the quality to do so. And here, at The Hard Tackle, we will run the rule over the Spurs side, following their narrow win over the Clarets on Monday.

Hugo Lloris: 7/10

Even though Burnley primarily tried to sit back and invite pressure from Tottenham, Hugo Lloris had to remain sharp as the offensive duo of Ashley Barnes and Chris Wood were ready to pounce on any mistake.

Fortunately for Spurs, the Frenchman remained solid throughout the game and was particularly decisive with his punches and claims during the final phase of the game. It was a well-deserved clean sheet.

Matt Doherty: 6/10

Matt Doherty found it difficult to bombard the right flank by evading the Burnley press. He always had to resort to playing a short vertical pass due to an excellent pressing scheme by Sean Dyche’s men. The right-back did, however, enjoy much more freedom in the second half, providing a host of quality forward passes.

Toby Alderweireld: 7/10

Alderweireld raised a lot of eyebrows with his remarkable passing, one of which set up Harry Kane for an early opportunity. Aside from that, the Belgian was pretty solid in defence, even though he had to deal with the feisty duo of Barnes and Wood. But it is his quality in the build-up that really aided Tottenham.

Eric Dier: 6.5/10

Dier produced an admirable display despite just recovering from a knock he picked up during the international break. His physical and aerial prowess was key in dealing with the Burnley strikers, although the Englishman was poor with his clearance late in the game. Fortunately for him, it hit Barnes’s left hand.

Ben Davies: 5/10

Davies looked a bit out of ideas in defence as he looked indecisive with his passing and lacked a sense of tidiness in the build-up play. Not the best of performances from the Welshman and certainly not a good look, with Sergio Reguilon enjoying a fine start to his Tottenham career.

Moussa Sissoko: 5.5/10

It was clear that Sissoko was asked to provide support to the two central defenders in case they failed to compete with the Burnley forwards. Aside from that, the Frenchman had a quiet half and did not really impose his authority as he did in the game against West Ham United, even though the Hammers responded really well.

Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg: 6.5/10

Hojbjerg has impressed the onlookers with his ability to read the game and make important interceptions. But in this game, his passing skills were tested and it is fair to say that Spurs could have used a bit more creativity, in that regard, even though the Dane wasn’t awful either. He was a vital asset to the Tottenham midfield especially when the game opened up during the final phase.

Tanguy Ndombele: 7/10

Ndombele was hands down the most crafty player for Tottenham throughout the game. He was the only one who tried to break the shackles of the Burnley defence and evaded their press through some exquisite skills. The Frenchman also set up Son for an excellent chance late in the game, although the South Korean international failed to make full use of it.

Lucas Moura: 5/10

Following a promising display against LASK, Moura failed to continue his good momentum, offering virtually nothing in the final third. He often got isolated by the Burnley defenders, leaving him devoid of any space or freedom to work with. The Brazilian, therefore, rightly made way for Erik Lamela in the second half.

Harry Kane: 7.5/10

Kane may not have had much freedom and time on the ball due to Burnley’s remarkable discipline. But, the Englishman showed why he is one of the best strikers in world football by remaining patient and he ultimately got his reward when he set up Son for the winner. He also prevented James Tarkowski from scoring by making an excellent goalline clearance in the second half.

Son Heung-min: 6.5/10

Son did not have the best of games by his lofty standards. The ex-Bayer Leverkusen winger was often closed down while he most notably missed an excellent opportunity created by Ndombele during the final phase of the game. He did, however, find the back of the net as he was unmarked in the penalty box, effectively sealing all three points for his side.


Erik Lamela: 6.5/10

Lamela’s substitution around the hour mark played a key role in Spurs’ victory as the Argentine provided the spark and dynamism they needed in the second half. Although Lamela did not make any telling difference, it was his cross that led to Son’s winner, though the goal was set up by Kane.

Giovani Lo Celso: N/A

Replaced Ndombelte during the final phase of the game. Did not play enough to warrant a rating.

Joe Rodon: N/A

Made his debut for Tottenham. Did not play enough to warrant a rating.

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