Tottenham Hotspur kept their top-four chances well and truly alive after beating Premier League strugglers Burnley at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
The scoring was opened by who else but Harry Kane. The England captain converted a penalty in the eighth minute of added time at the end of the first half to give his side the lead and all three points.
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Ashley Barnes’ handball was why Spurs were awarded a penalty with the Burnley visibly unhappy with the decision, so much so Antonio Cone got involved to tell them what he thought.
Reporting on the game live, Alasdair Gold had the following to say on the altercation, tweeting: “Nick Pope booked as well for complaining. Conte and the Burnley bench exchanging a few verbals.”
And it was apparent tempers had flared over the penalty awarded with both parties seen venting their frustrations at each other in the tunnel as they returned to their dressing rooms for half-time.
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With both sides having so much to play for at different ends of the table, it’s no surprise tensions began to boil over with that penalty coming at such a crucial time in the contest.
Kevin Friend was sent over to the VAR monitor to watch the incident back with Barnes, with the official deeming him to have handballed the ball, resulting in the penalty. And it was clear that Barnes did have his arm outstretched and thus gave the referee a decision to make.
Spurs are now back into fourth spot but with a game extra played over Arsenal, Conte’s frustrations may have eased after Spurs prevailed to put the pressure on their local rivals.
In other news, Alasdair Gold lauds unlikely ace