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Spurs 4 Burnley 2

14 January 2015

Spurs 4 Burnley 2

Goals rained down as Spurs fought back from two goals down to see off Burnley and earn a place in the FA Cup fourth round.

The Clarets were in dreamland after scoring twice in the opening seven minutes through Marvin Sordell’s first goal for the club and Ross Wallace’s free kick.

But Tottenham hauled themselves back level at the break through Paulinho and Etienne Capoue.

And mirroring Burnley’s start, Spurs scored twice more themselves in the opening seven minutes of the second half to seal the tie through Vlad Chiriches and Danny Rose.

Sean Dyche made five changes to the side that defeated QPR at the weekend. 

Michael Duff returned to skipper the side in the absence of rested Jason Shackell, and wide men Michael Kightly and Wallace both started in place of George Boyd and Dean Marney.

Up front, Sam Vokes made his first start since March and was joined in attack by Sordell.

And it was Pinner-born Sordell who ignited the tie just three minutes in, racing past a static Spurs’ defence from Kieran Trippier’s through ball and rifling a volley past a startled Michel Vorm to open his account for the club in style.

Incredibly, four minutes later, it was two!

Trippier was fouled 30 yards from goal and Wallace stepped up to drill a free kick into the corner of goal with the help of a wicked deflection.

Just 10 minutes into a pulsating tie, the explosive start continued as Paulinho halved the deficit, chesting down Soldado’s flick-on from Andros Townsend’s cross and firing home from close-range.

Eventually, and probably to the relief of both managers, the game settled as defences recovered their composure. 

And it took until the half hour for Burnley to create their next opening of note, as Wallace advanced in a central position but lacked accuracy with his shot from distance.

However, Spurs ended the half level, despite a glaring miss from Paulinho in the 45th minute.

Scott Arfield was robbed by the Brazilian halfway in the hosts’ half and the break caught Burnley cold. But from Townsend’s low cross, Paulinho somehow struck the crossbar from point-blank range.

Moments later though, it mattered not as Ben Davies crossed and Capoue strode effortlessly onto the loose ball on the edge of the box to drill a fierce, low shot past helpless Heaton.

Three minutes into the second half, there was controversy as Spurs completed the turnaround.

A corner was given for Chiriches’ left foot shot that looked to bobble harmlessly wide. And from the debated dead ball, it was the Romanian who headed home at the far post.

Now Burnley had it all to do, and in the 52nd minute the task got harder as Danny Rose slammed home a cross for the fourth before the Clarets could regroup.

As Burnley looked to stage another of those comebacks, Sordell was furious in the 65th minute when lightening pace took him clear of last man Kaboul and appeared to be tripped by the defender as he shaped to shoot.

However, referee Craig Pawson was unimpressed and waved away his personal appeals for a penalty.

And despite the fresh legs of three substitutes, as Dyche looked to protect key players, there was no way back for the Clarets as they were left to focus on their Premier League campaign.

BURNLEY: Heaton, Trippier (Reid 67), Duff (c), Keane, Mee, Kightly, Arfield, Jones (Marney 76), Wallace (Boyd 87), Sordell, Vokes
Subs: Gilks, Lafferty, Ings, Barnes

Booked: Arfield

SPURS: Vorm, Rose (Chadli 58), Kaboul, Vertonghen, Chiriches (Dier 80), Paulinho, Soldado, Townsend (Onomah 76), Stambouli, Capuoe, Davies.
Subs: Lloris, Naughton, Kane, Dembele

Booked: Chiriches

Ref: C Pawson

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