Burnley 1 Tottenham Hotspur 1
All I can say about the first half of this game is that we were terrible. The way things were going, I could see Burnley, not only scoring, but also seeing one of our players sent off. You could observe the frustration on their faces and body language. Our team saw four yellow cards.
But the second half was a different kettle of fish. Once Lo Celso and Moura came on, we transformed ourselves as a team. More urgency, more guts in them. Dier’s aggression on Wednesday must have inspired them to do something in the next game, however, why they waited until the second half, is anybody’s guess. Maybe they thought, let us show our yin and yang first!
Sean Dyche fears football is in “dangerous territory” after his Burnley side were denied a penalty in their draw with Tottenham (more frustration talking because they couldn’t win). The Clarets boss felt Chris Wood should have been given a penalty after Spurs’ equaliser, but the striker did not go down under Davinson Sanchez’s tackle.
In the end, Dele Alli’s penalty after Wood’s opener was enough to earn Tottenham a point.
To be fair, the the Clarets deserved their first-half lead when Wood tapped home the rebound after Hugo Lloris had spilled Jay Rodriguez’s long-range shot. At that stage, Mourinho’s side looked utterly out of sorts, but the half-time introduction of Lucas Moura and Giovani lo Celso sparked us into action. It was Lo Celso’s superb through ball that forced a rash challenge on Eric Lamela by Ben Mee and Alli scored from the penalty spot for his 50th Premier League goal.
In a frantic finish, Lo Celso almost scored with a curling 20-yard effort before Lloris denied Matej Vydra from point-blank range.
The result means we have now gone five games without a win in all competitions – their worst run since they went seven without a victory in the autumn of 2016. The second half did show a possible future direction that Mourinho might wish to take (formation/ players used etc.).
Next up is a trip to Germany and Leipzig, then a match against United at home will then follow this. In the meantime, we’ve dropped to eighth in the league. If we don’t buck our ideas up soon, we could be in serious trouble (if we are not already).