2019-02-24 by Daisy I.
Burnley dent Spurs’ title challenge on Kane’s return : International de
Tottenham’s Premier League title challenge suffered a huge blow as they were beaten by Burnley at Turf Moor.
The Clarets opened the scoring shortly after the break as Chris Wood rose highest to head home Dwight McNeil’s inswinging corner.
Harry Kane, making his first appearance since 13 January, equalised after latching onto Danny Rose’s quick throw-in and poking past Tom Heaton, before Ashley Barnes tapped in Burnley’s second late on.
The match ended amid drama as the frustrations of Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino spilled over at the final whistle.
The Argentine, who earlier was clearly unhappy about the awarding of the corner that led to Wood’s opener, angrily confronted referee Mike Dean before being by pulled away by Burnley’s Phil Bardsley.
Spurs stay in third place, five points behind Liverpool who face Manchester United at Old Trafford on Sunday.
Burnley rise to 13th and are now six points clear of the relegation places.
Kane scores on return as Spurs falter
Tottenham should have been buoyed by the return of Kane, who made his first appearance since picking up an ankle injury in January’s defeat to Manchester United.
But Kane struggled to get into the game in a first half that saw him on the end of several hefty challenges by Ben Mee and James Tarkowski. When he did escape their attentions, he fired wide from the edge of the box and saw a headed effort easily saved by Heaton.
He improved in the second period, however, drawing a magnificent save from Heaton early on, the Burnley goalkeeper springing acrobatically to his right to keep out a swerving shot bound for the top corner.
But not even the in-form Heaton could deny Kane a goal on his return as he latched on to Rose’s throw and poked home to level the scores after 65 minutes.
However, with Spurs pouring on the pressure late on the Clarets stood firm, with second-half substitutes Fernando Llorente and Erik Lamela both denied by blocks.