Tottenham 4-2 Burnley: Match report

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Tottenham produced a marvellous comeback to see off Burnley and reach the fourth round of The FA Cup.

They saw themselves 2-0 down within a blink of an eye. Marvin Sordell and Ross Wallace scored the goals that saw Burnley roar in front after just eight minutes. 

It didn't take long for Spurs to respond though. Paulinho pulled one back two minutes later and it was pretty much one way traffic from their as Etienne Capoue, Vlad Chiriches and Danny Rose ensured Tottenham booked a fourth round home tie against Leicester City a week on saturday. 

Slow Start

Mauricio Pochettino made seven changed to the side that lost 2-1 at Selhurst Park at the weekend. He decided to give in-form Harry Kane a rest while also leaving Hugo Lloris, Federico Fazio, Christian Eriksen and Nacer Chadli out of the starting line up. 

He probably regretted it after the first eight minutes as his side looked half asleep. Kieran Trippier played a long ball over the top to Marvin Sordell who had plenty of room in the middle of the box and his first time half volley rifled into the bottom corner of the net.

It got worse five minutes later when Benjamin Stambouli fouled David Jones 25 yards out. Ross Wallace's free kick looked to be going wide until it cannoned off Roberto Soldado, who turned his back on the ball. It totally wrong footed Michel Vorm and Burnely were in dreamland. 

Roaring back

Andros Townsend was instrumental for Tottenham as he continued his return to form. He caused all sorts of problems for Burnley on the right hand side. 

His cross was flicked on by Roberto Soldado and the ball fell to the chest of Paulinho, who controlled the ball nicely to slot in a cool volley from six yards out. 

Tottenham should have been level quicker than they were. A quick counter attack saw Townsend collect the ball on the right and drill a peach of a ball across the face of goal to Soldado, who had the goal at his mercy but extraordinarily, he rattled the bar. 

Luckily for Pochettino's side, it didn't cost them. Ben Davies' cross from the left hand side was miss kicked by Paulinho but the ball fell to Capoue whose thunderous strike from 20 yards out gave Spurs the equaliser with his first goal of the season. 

The turnaround was complete four minutes after the restart when Chiriches  got on the end of Paulinho's corner and guided the ball into the back of the net. 

The fourth came in the 52nd minute when Stambouli switched the play to release Soldado on the right who played an early low cross to Danny Rose who cleverly ghosted past the Burnley Centre backs to make absolutely certain for the 1991 cup winners. 

After that it could have been any scoreline. Soldado will be disapointted he didn't get on the scoresheet as he had a few more chances. One he should have done better with when he hit a 15 yard strike straight at Heaton. 

Tottenham fans got a glimpse of the future as Pochettino gave 17 year old Josh Onomah a first team debut when he brought him on from the bench. 

Moving forward

Nevertheless, it was a good night for Tottenham. It was important they bounced back from the defeat at Crystal Palace and they managed to do it wihtout the likes of Kane and Eriksen. 

What will also please Pochettino is the contributions allover the team. Players who have not quite performed gave him something to think about against Burnley. Capoue got on the scoresheet, as did Chiriches. Paulinho scored one and assisted one while Roberto Soldado's two assist will do his chances a world of good despite the poor miss in the first half. 

Spurs will have the busiest calendar in the Premier League after this win. They have the Premier League, two legs against Sheffield United, with a trip to Wembley for the winner and also the Europa League which is another route into the Champions League. 

You'd therefore have been forgiven for thinking that Spurs would probably have been taking the FA Cup lightly but it was far from that. Pochettino has Tottenham fighting on four fronts. 

All of a sudden White Hart Lane is buzzing with optimism and theres a sense that this will be a season to remember for Tottenham.

No real damage

As for Burnley, this wouldn't have done too much damage. They will want to focus on staying in the Premier League and Sean Dyche sees that as his main priority. 

He will agree, however that Burnley will have to defend a lot better than that if they want to stay up. 

He told the BBC: ""We came here to win but it was a game of mistakes from us. We've learnt well over the season but tonight we made too many mistakes."

"There were a number of things that didn't go our way but we can't defend like that at key moments. Eventually if you keep making poor decisions, you get hurt."

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