Christian Eriksen was the hero for Tottenham as he grabbed a stoppage-time winner to down Burnley in their Premier League clash at Wembley Stadium.
The Dane was named as a substitute as Mauricio Pochettino made five changes from the side that drew with Barcelona in midweek, but came off the bench and stepped up in added time to ensure all three points.
Eighteen-year-old midfielder Oliver Skipp was handed his first Premier League start and while the teenager was neat and tidy in possession, Spurs were lacking a clinical edge in attack all afternoon.
The home side dominated possession but created few chances on a wet and miserable day in the capital. When a golden opportunity did come along, Erik Lamela was denied by the excellent Joe Hart.
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It looked increasingly likely that Tottenham would drop points in a wretched match, until Eriksen’s late intervention.
Victory sees Pochettino’s side close the gap on second-placed Liverpool to three points. Burnley remain 17th, two points above the drop zone.
TALKING POINT – Spurs’ patience pays off to cap a memorable week
For 90 minutes, Tottenham were jaded, sluggish and sloppy; their adventures in Barcelona looked to have taken their toll.
It was a very average performance against a Burnley side who are looking more like the solid team of last season. While Spurs dominated possession, they rarely looked like breaching a resolute defence, and Pochettino couldn’t have had too many complaints about the draw.
They remained patient, however, and then up stepped Eriksen whose first league goal of the season keeps Tottenham in touching distance of the top two to complete a week to remember.