Son and Kane to the rescue for lacklustre Spurs
Son Heung-min pounced on a 1-0 win for lackluster Tottenham on Monday and reconnected with Harry Kane as Jose Mourinho's side climbed to fifth in the Premier League.
All traditional Big Six clubs lost improbable points in the first few weeks of the season, and Spurs appeared to leave Turf Moor frustrated.
But the South Korean striker Son scored his eighth goal of the season in the 76th minute and came into play from close range after a header from Kane.
Spurs now have 11 points from six games, just two points behind leaders Everton after their third win of the season.
Mourinho welcomed his attacking stars who have now scored 29 goals in the Premier League - only Didier Drogba and Frank Lampard have scored more with 36.
"It's an understanding that dates back to the time of Maurcio (Pochettino)," said Mourinho. "I don't want all the credit myself, let's share with Mauricio.
"They play together for a long time, probably differently because Harry isn't always nine now.
"What I like more about both of them is that they are two top players, but close friends, no jealousy, they both play for the team."
- Relief -
The hard-earned three points will be a huge relief to Mourinho, whose side looked like world bats earlier this month as they beat Manchester United 6-1 before taking a 3-0 lead against West Ham.
Tottenham's attacking momentum vanished at Turf Moor, where they struggled to make an impression against Sean Dyche's side, who remain in the relegation zone without a win this season.
Kane was able to override Burnley's defense in the first few minutes after a ball from Toby Alderweireld, but the English striker's first touch took him too far and his shot sailed harmlessly.
There was a lengthy hiatus when Alderweireld needed treatment on a bloody right eyebrow after he was accidentally caught in Ashley Barnes' flapping arm. The Belgian had his head bandaged before the game continued.
Somewhat against the game, Burnley had the ball in the back of the net when Barnes appeared to jump the offside trap and bury the ball past Spur's goalkeeper Hugo Lloris, but the flag went up.
It was only in the 38th minute that the game had its first shot on goal. Ashley Westwood narrowly saved Lloris after Josh Brownhill stole the ball from Tanguy Ndombele on the edge of the field.
Johann Berg Gudmundsson then stepped in from the right and forced Lloris back into action when the home team ended half-time at the top.
Tottenham tried again to find their rhythm early in the second half and Burnley were close to taking the lead.
James Tarkowski headed from close range before Mourinho replaced Lucas Moura with Erik Lamela in the 57th minute. Gareth Bale was still waiting for his first Premier League start in seven years.
The match came to life late when Kane broke another Tarkovsky header off the line.
Son missed a clear chance before Kane shot on a corner to the South Korean who dived upside down to break the impasse and seal the victory.
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