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Tottenham player ratings v Burnley

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Tottenham improved their form at home by beating a hard working Burnley side 2-1 thanks to goals from Harry Kane and Erik Lamela.

Head coach Mauricio Pochettino will be pleased that his side are transferring some of their away form to White Hart Lane.

Small improvements are coming each week, and the fact Spurs are keeping hold of leads and not conceding too many late goals is encouraging. Individuals are beginning to blossom and show some consistency. Here are the player ratings...

Hugo Lloris - 7.0

Once again, he is a reassuring presence in goal, and showed impressive agility to keep out near post efforts. Kicking was worryingly wayward.

Kyle Walker - 6.5

Completed another 90 minutes to show his physical capacity, and once again pushed forward to offer width on the right.

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Ben Davies - 6.0

Solid, but did not influence the match. His technical skills will keep him in the team as he is a better ball player than Danny Rose, but he needs to increase his offensive contribution.

Federico Fazio - 6.5

Dealt fairly well with Burnley's aerial threat but was exposed whenever Ings found space in behind. However, few defenders are that quick on the turn and he is forming a good partnership with Vertonghen.

Jan Vertonghen - 6.5

Like Fazio, struggled whenever Burnley found space behind him, but was composed on the ball and happy to bring the ball out of defence.

Nabil Bentaleb - 5.5

Weak in the tackle too often for Tottenham's liking, and disappointingly limited on the ball. Looked to have found a bit more of the verve and infuence he had when he first broke into the Spurs team when played in a slightly more advanced role against Newcastle, but was cowered into his shell on Saturday.

Ryan Mason - 6.5

Good in possession, and although slightly lightweight defensively he never shied away from a duel. Tottenham struggled when he was withdrawn with an ankle injury.

Nacer Chadli - 7.0

The athletic Belgium is better when he is direct, crossing quickly as demonstrated with the assist for Kane's goal. When he thinks over his options his decision making is not the best, but hopefully a settled run in a settled team will help in that regard.

Erik Lamela - 7.5

His first goal in the Premier League was a great strike, and in the first half he caused Burnley plenty of struggles down the right, but faded as a force in the second half. However, the Argentine has something to build on.

Christian Eriksen - 7.0

Played in the no.10 role and showed his ability to influence the play in the final third. Might have felt he should have done a little better when he met Lamela's cross, also when he sprung past the Burnley back-line but could not pick out Kane.

Harry Kane - 7.5

Scored, again, and worked tirelessly, again. He has natural goal scoring instincts that means he can play as the lone striker, although did take too many shots when he could have made a better choice.

Subs

Benjamin Stambouli - 6.0

Did  okay when he came on, neat on the ball but not physically imposing enough to stop Burnley as they pushed forward in the second half.

Roberto Soldado - 6.0

Not on the pitch long enough to really effect the game.

Danny Rose - n/a

Wasted some time nicely.

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