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Tottenham player ratings: Energetic Sessegnon stars as underrated Dier impresses

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Ottenham put the pressure on rivals Arsenal in the hunt for the top four with a 1-0 victory over Burnley, sealed by Harry Kane’s penalty in first stoppage time.

Kane scored the only goal after Ashley Barnes was ruled to have manipulated in the box after a lengthy VAR check, which forced referee Kevin Friend to consult the pitchside monitor.

After the interval, Barnes nearly made amends with a brilliant 25-yard strike that shook the post and Nick Pope twice saved brilliantly from Heung-min Son, who was chasing the Golden Boot.

Dan Kilpatrick was at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium to rate Spurs players…

Hugo Lloris – 7

Saved smartly from Maxwel Cornet in Burnley’s only chance in the first half. Well beaten by the howler from Barnes who came back from the post.

davinson sanchez – 6

Cornet slipped away behind him for a dangerous chance but did enough defensively as Spurs were given a valuable clean sheet. Uncomfortable on the ball.

Eric Dier – 7

Often in the right place to snuff out Burnley’s attacks in another commanding display. An underrated part of Spurs’ push into the top four, especially with Cristian Romero now missing.

David Davies – 6

In Romero’s absence, he was tasked with coming out of defense but his use of the ball was mixed. Fairly well defended.

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Emerson Royal – 6

I went up and down well but struggled to make an impact in the final third against a deep Burnley side. It’s unlikely to be a classic compilation, unfortunately.

Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg – 8

Full of energy despite the tight turnover, and smothered a number of Burnley counter-attacks, while using the ball in a positive way.

Rodrigue Bentancur – 7

A calming presence in the middle of the park, turning Spurs around. His ranged fire was temperamental and not particularly useful.

Ryan Sessegnon – 8

Another energetic and encouraging display on both ends. Won an important aerial challenge with Dwight McNeil in his own box and created big chances for Kane and Son.

Lucas Moura – 6

His candor and energy caused problems for Burnley and he created a big chance for Kane in the passing game after the penalty incident. Still, in terms of technical quality and decision-making, he is clearly behind Kulusevski, and it shows.

Heung-min Son – 6

When his opportunities presented themselves, Pope twice saved brilliantly to deny him the chance to close the gap to Mohamed Salah in the Golden Boot race. He will consider the three points as more important.

Harry Kane – 7

Scored another unsaveable penalty and wasn’t embarrassed to see an effort cleared off the line by Nathan Collins. Not at his best, but ultimately decisive.

Substitutes

Dejan Kulusevski (Lucas, 79′) – 6

Not fit enough to start the game after illness and limited time to make an impact as Spurs held on.

Not used: Gollini, Austin, Winks, Rodon, Bergwijn, White, Scarlett, Craig.


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