Son Heung-min continued his fantastic start to the season as Tottenham returned to winning ways in the Premier League by edging past Burnley.
Moments after Harry Kane cleared the line to prevent Burnley defender James Tarkowski from opening the scoring, the England captain provided the assist for Son to head home in the 76th minute.
The South Korean’s top-flight eighth goal of the campaign proved the difference as Spurs held on to a 1-0 victory, drawing a line by conceding three goals in the final 10 minutes against West Ham.
Burnley’s winless start to the season was therefore extended after the Kane-Son axis once again helped a lackluster Spurs on three points.
The pair have been prolific at the start of the campaign – Kane scored five goals and got his eighth assist on Monday night – with Tottenham scoring 31 times in their last nine matches.
According to Football Index analysis, they didn’t register a shot on target in the first half while Jose Mourinho resisted the urge to bring in Gareth Bale, who is still awaiting his first Premier League start in seven years.
Mourinho responded to West Ham’s mishap by bringing in Eric Dier to bolster the defense in one of seven changes to the side that beat LASK in the Europa League, with Bale once again settling for a place on the bench.
Dier’s centre-back partner Toby Alderweireld needed a head bandage after being caught by Ashley Barnes’ swing arm in an aerial challenge during a moderate open from both sides.
Tottenham saw plenty of the ball but were largely stifled by a compact Burnley defence, with Son, who had scored nine goals in his previous eight appearances in all competitions, with no space to exploit in the final third.
Burnley had the ball in the back of the net through Ashley Barnes but he was a few yards offside when it wasn’t until the 38th minute that a stunned game until then had its first shot on target .
From the edge of the box, first Ashley Westwood and then Johann Berg Gudmundsson forced Hugo Lloris into low saves, the second shot more taxing but still comfortably handled by the Tottenham keeper.
Burnley’s greater urgency continued into the second half, but they were largely subdued, with Alderweireld putting his body into play to block a pair of shots from Chris Wood.
The game came to life in the final 20 minutes as Tarkowski rose the tallest to meet Westwood’s corner, but Harry Kane moved wide off the line to deny Burnley a certain goal.
Moments later at the other end, Son hesitated after crossing, allowing Kevin Long to come back and get a final tackle, but the South Korean would no longer be denied as Tottenham came out of the dead end.
Substitute Erik Lamela’s corner was sent by Kane towards the back post, where Son expertly headed into the top corner.
Lamela may have been lucky not to have received at least one warning after showing his stallions in a challenge against Dwight McNeil, who was able to continue, while Burnley could do nothing of significance as Spurs won their first clean sheet in the league this season.