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Tottenham Hotspur 1 Burnley 0
By Burnley FC
December 15 2018

Burnley boss Sean Dyche re-wrote the script but his ‘Famous Five’ were cruelly denied a happy ending as Tottenham struck with an injury-time winner. 

 Dyche moved away from the regular back four to play five at the back in a bid to stifle the title challengers and build on a first win in nine games.

 And for 90 minutes the plan worked to near perfection as the Clarets defended superbly – with a back line bolstered by the addition of Kevin Long ably supported by the four midfield men in front of them and an inspired Joe Hart at their backs.

 But as is so often the case against the big guns, just when a morale-boosting point and a second successive clean sheet was within touching distance it was snatched away as Spurs substitute Christian Eriksen pounced at the death.

 The relief around Wembley among the home supporters and the Tottenham bench was palpable.

 Burnley, on the other hand, were left crestfallen as their monumental effort counted for nothing – bar the knowledge that they have another string to their bow for the battles ahead.

 The switch in formation certainly worked as the Clarets kept Tottenham at arm’s length and stopped them picking holes in Burnley’s back line in the opening stages.

 There was also an occasional threat on the break from the visitors with added freedom for the wide players as both Robbie Brady and former Tottenham man forced corners in a spell of Burnley pressure.

 But Tottenham weren’t without chances as they looked to spring a man in behind the Clarets’ rearguard, Lucas Moura poking a lovely effort inches wide first time from Eric Lamela’s lofted pass.

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