Tottenham collected a priceless three points in the quest for Champions League qualification as they secured a narrow victory over Burnley on Sunday lunchtime.
It was a nervier affair than supporters will have liked, with Spurs hanging on for the 1-0 win, given to them by a controversial Harry Kane penalty in first half stoppage time. Burnley hit the post and had chances, although Spurs had opportunities of their own to put the game to bed, with Nick Pope saving well from Heung-min Son on two occasions.
Here are the moments you may have missed during the clash at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
Ben Davies frustrated
Ben Davies cut a frustrated figure very early on in the match.
Tottenham were comfortable in possession, with Burnley happy to let them have it and play it along the back line. But with the ball on the right hand side, and Spurs playing it around slowly, he could be seen with his arms outstretched, asking for the ball to be played quicker and to his side, with so much space out on the left.
It eventually came to him, but the Clarets had closed up the space by then. And as the half wore on, Spurs were to get more and more frustrated as Burnley kept them at bay, until the injury-time spot-kick that was.
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Antonio Conte smiles at fourth official
There was plenty of indignation from the supporters inside Tottenham Hotspur Stadium during the first half. That was down to the amount of timewasting being done by Clarets goalkeeper Nick Pope.
The Burnley keeper was taking ample time to take goal-kicks throughout the first half, with the gameplan clear – to frustrate Spurs and nick a point. And as the first half wore on, with the Spurs fans booing loudly, Antonio Conte, with arms outstretched, asking for referee Kevin Friend to call a halt to it, he turned round and there was a wry smile on his face as he looked at the fourth official.
Pope was booked right on half-time, for dissent after the penalty was given for handball against Ashley Barnes. And that would mean no more timewasting in the second half.
Conte rages at Emerson Royal
The Spurs boss could be seen shouting at Emerson Royal as the clock ticked towards the final 15 minutes. Spurs were hanging on a little bit at the time, with Burnley applying the pressure.
Spurs were playing the ball out of defence well when they got it, but they were struggling to deal with Burnley’s aerial presence as they lumped balls into the box. And Conte was not impressed with how deep Spurs were sitting.
With Emerson Royal on his side of the pitch, it was the Brazilian who drew his ire. From outside his technical area – as ever – Conte could be seen screaming at the right full-back to get up the pitch and not get drawn so far back.
Conte the choirmaster
As he often does, Conte was the man asking for the fans to lift the team as well. With Spurs having only finished their previous game just over 48 hours earlier, there was bound to be tiredness in the players, particularly as there was only one change from that starting XI – Lucas Moura for Dejan Kulusevski, who had been struck down by a virus.
And with ten minutes to go and the nerves palpable inside Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, Conte got what he asked for. He turned to the crowd, raising his arms up and down to get the crowd in full voice. It worked as the decibel level cranked right up as the supporters gave Conte what he wanted and lifted the Spurs players too.
Ryan Mason questions the fourth official
With five minutes to go, Tottenham won a goal-kick. Leading 1-0, Hugo Lloris naturally decided to take a bit of time over it. He was swiftly booked.
There was a certain irony in that, given how long Nick Pope took over goal-kicks in the first half and did not receive a caution. Ryan Mason was straight over to fourth official Simon Hooper and was seen with his fingers up counting the number of times Pope had been guilty of the same thing in the first half.
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