A contested Harry Kane penalty gave Tottenham Hotspur a 1-0 Premier League win over relegation-threatened Burnley on Sunday, transferring Antonio Conte’s crew 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 may return to the highest 4 in the event that they win at Newcastle United on Monday.
Burnley, below 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.
Despite dominating the probabilities, Spurs have been hanging on nervously within the ultimate minutes and Conte praised their resilience with a lot at stake and only a single purpose lead towards a crew who beat them in February.
“Burnley were the perfect team to test our nerves,” Conte mentioned. “I’m not sure that if we face this game three months ago we can celebrate three points at the end of the game. This team has improved a lot, not only in the tactical and technical aspects but also in 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 pressured a positive cease from Hugo Lloris.
But in stoppage time earlier than the interval, referee Kevin Friend was despatched to evaluation a handball incident and dominated that the arm of Ashley Barnes had been in an “unnatural position” when the ball struck it.
Kane drilled the spot-kick into the underside nook however Burnley’s protests continued after the halftime whistle with indignant exchanges within the tunnel.
Pope made two excellent saves after the break to maintain out Son Heung-Min whereas Barnes struck the submit for Burnley with a thundering drive from distance.
But Spurs have been pressured to defend deep within the closing levels as Burnley pumped crosses into the realm within the hope of a late equaliser.
It did not 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 City.
Burnley journey to Aston Villa on Thursday earlier than internet hosting Newcastle United at Turf Moor.
“If we keep that spirit it gives us a real chance,” mentioned Jackson, who whereas upset with the penalty award mentioned he was pleased with the way in which his crew, with out first-choice central defenders Ben Mee and James Tarkowski, had coped with Spurs.