Sean Dyche on beating Tottenham, building momentum and the Premier League survival battle
Burnley’s survival fight gathered momentum as Ben Mee headed home what could be a season-defining winner to beat Tottenham.
In the pouring rain, the skipper rose the highest to head Josh Brownhill’s superb free kick and secure the points.
With Watford and Leeds also losing, the Clarets rose to 18and and within two points of safety with games in hand.
It was a superb performance from Sean Dyche who overcame the absence of some key players to produce the kind of performance and result we have seen time and time again in Burnley’s Premier League days.
The Clarets had the best of the first half but were unable to create too many clean chances while Spurs failed to test Nick Pope in the home goal.
The visitors came out strong after the break and Harry Kane headed for the crossbar before firing from range.
In between, Mee found space from a Dwight McNeil free-kick but couldn’t find enough power to disturb Hugo Lloris.
In increasingly difficult conditions, Pope stood tall to deny Ben Davies what appeared to be a certain goal before Mee headed in what turned out to be the winner.
He had two cherry bites for a second shortly after before Jay Rodriguez turned around when it looked easier to score.
There were a few nervous moments for Burnley in defence, but they held on to claim what could be a season-defining three-pointer.