Harry Kane’s first-half penalty proved the difference as Tottenham did just enough to beat Burnley 1-0 in the Premier League and fire up Arsenal in the race for fourth place.
The Spurs’ 3-0 north London derby win over the Gunners on Thursday had left just a one point difference between the two rivals in the table and, while Antonio Conte’s men were disappointed during Burnley’s visit, Kane secured the all-important win on Sunday.
The relegation-fighting Clarets initially did a fine job keeping Spurs at bay until they conceded what they believed was a hard penalty in first-half stoppage time, with Kane converting his 23rd consecutive spot for Tottenham.
Burnley then enjoyed encouraging spells after the break, with Ashley Barnes hitting the post but Spurs – who Son Heung Min denied twice by Nick Pope – managed to hold on.
A dominant start to the Spurs didn’t yield many clear chances, with Kane and Emerson Royal coming closest to forcing easy saves from Pope.
Burnley grew as an attacking presence themselves and should have taken the lead when Maxwel Cornet fired straight at Hugo Lloris in a one-on-one situation.
Kane fired into halftime alongside the Spurs frustrated, but a VAR review then saw a handball from Barnes leading up to that opportunity, and Spurs’ talisman striker was clinical from 12 yards.
Josh Brownhill headed painfully wide for Burnley early in the second half, before Barnes hit the post from 25 yards just after the hour.
Son looked twice destined to finish Burnley off in the final 25 minutes, but Pope produced a fine save down and made a reaction stop to refuse him late in the day.