Son Heung-min and Harry Kane linked up yet again for the only goal as Tottenham claimed a fortunate win away to Burnley.
Kane headed Erik Lamela’s pass into the path of Son, who headed home Spurs’ first effort on target.
That is the 29th time the pair have combined for a Premier League goal, while Son is now the division’s leading scorer with eight.
Burnley were unfortunate to lose with Ashley Barnes having a goal ruled out for offside and Kane clearing a James Tarkowski header off the line.
Ashley Westwood and Johann Gudmundsson also forced Hugo Lloris into saves.
Sean Dyche’s Clarets remain in the relegation zone on one point, while Spurs move up from 11th to fifth.
Son and Kane join esteemed company
Son and Kane have had a good partnership in recent years but this term they seem to have taken it to near telepathic levels.
They have linked up for four goals against Southampton, two against Manchester United and West Ham and now another against Burnley.
Kane appeared to know Son would be there when he flicked Lamela’s corner on and the South Korean made no mistake as he threw himself at the ball to head in.
He is now the top scorer in the league, while Kane – who has five goals and eight assists – has been directly involved in 13 goals, the most ever recorded by a player in his team’s first six Premier League games.
They have linked up 29 times for league goals in total. Only Chelsea’s Didier Drogba and Frank Lampard (36) have ever managed to do so more often.
Spurs and boss Jose Mourinho will be happy that is the focus of the game, because they had been poor otherwise.
They were sloppy in possession, gifting Burnley several chances with defensive mistakes – and barely created a chance before Son’s goal.
Kane’s main role until then had been to clear a Tarkowski header off his line.
Spurs are the top scorers in the league – they were averaging three goals a game until Monday night’s match – but had perhaps taken criticism of their last league game to heart.
They led that one 3-0 against West Ham after 16 minutes before conceding three times in the final eight minutes to draw 3-3.
There was no danger of such drama this time.
More to follow.
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- 28LongBooked at 80mins
- 7GudmundssonSubstituted forRodriguezat 84′minutes
- 8BrownhillBooked at 2mins
- 10BarnesSubstituted forVydraat 89′minutes
- 27Lucas MouraSubstituted forLamelaat 57′minutes
- 28NdombeleSubstituted forLo Celsoat 79′minutes
- 7Son Heung-MinSubstituted forRodonat 90+3′minutes
- 18Lo Celso
- 45Alves Morais
Match ends, Burnley 0, Tottenham Hotspur 1.
Second Half ends, Burnley 0, Tottenham Hotspur 1.
Attempt blocked. Chris Wood (Burnley) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
Substitution, Tottenham Hotspur. Joe Rodon replaces Son Heung-Min.
Substitution, Burnley. Matej Vydra replaces Ashley Barnes.
Corner, Burnley. Conceded by Moussa Sissoko.
Corner, Burnley. Conceded by Ben Davies.
Substitution, Burnley. Jay Rodriguez replaces Jóhann Gudmundsson.
Attempt saved. Erik Lamela (Tottenham Hotspur) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Giovani Lo Celso.
Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Kevin Long (Burnley).
Attempt saved. Giovani Lo Celso (Tottenham Hotspur) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Matt Doherty with a cross.
Kevin Long (Burnley) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Son Heung-Min (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Foul by Kevin Long (Burnley).
Substitution, Tottenham Hotspur. Giovani Lo Celso replaces Tanguy Ndombele.
Goal! Burnley 0, Tottenham Hotspur 1. Son Heung-Min (Tottenham Hotspur) header from very close range to the top right corner. Assisted by Harry Kane following a corner.
Attempt missed. Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Erik Lamela with a cross following a corner.
Corner, Tottenham Hotspur. Conceded by James Tarkowski.
Attempt blocked. Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Erik Lamela.