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Burnley 0-0 Tottenham Hotspur

5 April 2015

Burnley 0-0 Tottenham Hotspur

Burnley picked up another precious point as they held Tottenham Hotspur to a well-earned draw on Easter Sunday.

The Clarets had the better of a tight contest at Turf Moor, but couldn’t take advantage of their chances and found stand-in goalkeeper Michel Vorm in fine form for Spurs.

The draw moved Burnley back up to 18th place in the Premier League table, as the season was slowly approaching its finale.

Sean Dyche made no changes to the starting line-up, which began the third consecutive game.

Recent signing Fredrik Ulvestad was named among the substitutes for the first time.

Meanwhile, England international Harry Kane captained the visiting side.

Burnley needed less than five minutes to create their first opening.

George Boyd won the ball off Ryan Mason inside Tottenham’s defensive third of the pitch, before it broke into the path of Danny Ings.

The striker raced through on goal but, under pressure from two defenders, he could only shoot straight at Vorm.

But the Clarets continued their high-energy start and repeatedly forced Tottenham into mistakes in the visitors’ own half of the field.

However, Spurs also threatened and Tom Heaton had to be alert to keep out Nacer Chadli’s low effort from the edge of the box on 15 minutes.

In response, Sam Vokes saw his close-range, goalbound header blocked, after Ashley Barnes volleyed Kieran Trippier’s delivery from a free-kick back into the danger zone at the far post.

Vokes then had two other attempts, one from range and a header, which didn’t test Vorm just past the half-hour mark.

And Burnley had the better of the chances towards the end of the first half.

After Heaton made a comfortable stop to deny Christian Eriksen from just outside the box, first Boyd drilled a right-foot shot wide of the post and then Ings’ curling effort was tipped over by the Tottenham goalkeeper right on the stroke of half-time.

After the restart, Vorm was forced to do exactly the same again when Ings’ cross suddenly turned into a shot on 58 minutes.

Soon after, Trippier’s brilliant ball in to the box only just evaded Vokes at the near post, before Barnes brought another save from Vorm shortly past the hour mark.

Tottenham then replaced Chadli with Érik Lamela, as the visitors looked to apply pressure of their own in the final quarter of the match.

But Eriksen couldn’t keep his shot on target when he found a bit of space for himself on the edge of the box with 20 minutes left on the clock.

Lukas Jutkiewicz was introduced into the field of play in place of Vokes on 76 minutes, as the Clarets also looked for a late winner.

The substitute wasn’t far away from connecting with Barnes’ left-foot cross with just five minutes to go.

And into stoppage time, Boyd couldn’t quite direct his header on target following Jutkiewicz’s approach play, with Vorm scrambling across the goalline.

In the end, points were shared as, having beaten Manchester City three weeks ago, Burnley kept their second consecutive home clean sheet in the Premier League.

Burnley: Heaton; Trippier, Duff, Shackell, Mee; Boyd, Arfield, Jones, Barnes; Ings, Vokes (Jutkiewicz 76).
Subs not used: Gilks, Keane, Ward, Ulvestad, Kightly, Sordell.

Tottenham: Vorm; Walker (Davies 47), Dier, Chiricheș, Rose; Bentaleb; Eriksen, Paulinho, Mason (Townsend 84), Chadli (Lamela 64); Kane.
Subs not used: Friedel, Stambouli, Dembélé, Soldado.

Bookings: Trippier (68’), Mee (78’)
Referee: Martin Atkinson
Attendance: 18,829 (1,927)

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