Harry Kane and Heung-min Son combine yet again for Tottenham at Burnley as Ashley Barnes escapes punishment after leaving Toby Alderweireld bloodied and bruised

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Harry Kane and Heung-min Son combined once again to save the day for Tottenham Hotspur as they claimed a 1-0 win at Burnley.

Only Frank Lampard and Didier Drogba (36) have combined to score more goals than the Spurs duo (29) in Premier League history.

Harry Kane and Heung-min Son combined to score once again for Tottenham

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Harry Kane and Heung-min Son combined to score once again for Tottenham

Yet the north Londoners were forced to seriously work for all three points at Turf Moor, despite leaving summer signing Gareth Bale on the bench.

It was a rather dull opening 45 minutes on a bitterly cold Lancashire evening, which threatened to explode into life for all the wrong reasons when Ashley Barnes clattered into Toby Alderweireld.

Although the Clarets striker was adjudged to have challenged fairly for the ball, Alderweireld required a huge bandage applied to his cut.

Kane was dropping ever deeper in order to find more raking passes for his teammates, but he could not repeat his creative heroics from last week against West Ham United.

However, the England captain did turn provider for Son once again when he flicked Erik Lamela’s corner into the path for the South Korea striker to nod home and secure all three points.

Ashley Barnes and Toby Alderweireld collide in the first half

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Ashley Barnes and Toby Alderweireld collide in the first half

The Belgium centre-back required a large bandage

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The Belgium centre-back required a large bandage

Spurs move up to fifth in the table after their first attempt on target, while Burnley remain in the relegation places after just one point from the start of the season.

Burnley had the ball in the back of the net through Ashley Barnes but he had strayed a couple of yards offside while it was not until the 38th minute that a stultifying game up to that point had its first shot on target.

From the edge of the area, first Ashley Westwood and then Johann Berg Gudmundsson forced Hugo Lloris into making low saves, the second shot more testing but still comfortably dealt with by the Tottenham goalkeeper.

Burnley’s greater urgency continued into the second half but they were largely kept in check, with Alderweireld putting his body on the line to block a brace of shots from Chris Wood.

Son crept in at the back post to nod home the winner for Spurs

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Son crept in at the back post to nod home the winner for Spurs

The game burst into life in the final 20 minutes as Tarkowski rose highest to meet Westwood’s corner but Harry Kane headed off the line to deny Burnley a certain goal.

Moments later at the other end, Son hesitated after going through, allowing Kevin Long to track back and get a last-ditch tackle in, but the South Korean would not be denied again as Tottenham broke the deadlock.

Substitute Erik Lamela’s corner was flicked on by Kane towards the back post, where Son directed his header expertly into the top corner.

Lamela was perhaps fortunate he did not receive at least a caution after showing his studs in a challenge on Dwight McNeil, who was able to continue, while Burnley were unable to fashion anything meaningful as Spurs claimed their first clean sheet in the league this season.

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