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Tottenham   5 - 0   Burnley

By Jamie Lillywhite

Robbie Keane
Keane continued his effective partnership with Jermain Defoe

Robbie Keane scored four times as Spurs returned to winning ways in an entertaining game at White Hart Lane.

Keane slotted a penalty into the bottom corner after strike partner Jermain Defoe was brought down by Andre Bikey.

Burnley had their moments in an open game and Steve Fletcher had a goal ruled offside, before Jermaine Jenas made it 2-0 with a deflected 20-yarder.

After the break Keane fired into the top corner, rifled in a left-foot shot and squeezed a fourth in off the post.

We had the cutting edge - Redknapp

Burnley remain without a goal or a point away from home in their first Premier League campaign, but looked comfortable in possession in the early stages.

With more precision they could have capitalised on some frailties in a Spurs defence missing the reassuring presence of hamstring-victim Ledley King, plus Jonathan Woodgate who has not played so far this season.

The home side were grateful to be facing a more generous defence after defeats against Manchester United and Chelsea, as they hit five goals for the fourth time already this term.

They soon clicked into gear and Jenas put Keane through with a pin-point pass only for the Irishman's shot to be blocked by Brian Jensen's legs.

But Spurs went ahead as Bikey clumsily hauled down Defoe and Keane sent Jensen the wrong way from the spot.

Fletcher could argue he was level when he collected a through ball and drilled a low shot past Carlo Cudicini and the decision proved a turning point as Burnley quickly found themselves two down.

My first four-goal haul - Keane

Keane sent Niko Kranjcar away down the left channel, his shot was blocked but Jenas followed up with a fierce long-range effort, that deceived Jensen after a cruel deflection off Stephen Jordan.

A wonderfully intricate exchange of passes between Keane and Jenas resulted in the latter backheeling to Jermain Defoe, but the England striker's left-foot shot went wide, denying a clear contender for goal of the month.

Burnley started strongly in the second half, Robbie Blake forcing a good low diving save from Cudicini, and later hitting a post with a rebound from an acute angle after the goalkeeper fumbled a free-kick.

Coyle criticises referee's decisions

Defoe was taken off with an injured finger sustained after Jensen blocked another of his efforts following more invention from Keane.

The atmosphere became a little flat but Aaron Lennon revived matters with a typically quick burst and a cut-back to Keane, who finished in some style, side-footed, from 15 yards.

His fourth followed shortly afterwards as he raced on to Tom Huddlestone's raking lofted pass from defence, turned and hooked a left-footed drive into the bottom corner.

A superb day for Spurs was completed by the substitute appearances of Gareth Bale, who therefore ended his unfortunate record of never having played in a winning Spurs team in the Premier League since his move from Southampton in the summer of 2007, and the return after injury of Michael Dawson.

There was one more moment for Keane as he latched on to Peter Crouch's flick and shot through the legs of Jensen, the ball squirming over the line off the woodwork, and rather summing up Burnley's misery.

Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp:

"I've never had more problems picking a team.

"To leave Peter Crouch out after his hat-trick in midweek wasn't easy but I went with the two little ones and their movement was fantastic.

"With their big centre-halves I thought we would give them more problems than with a big man up there. That was a key factor.

"Robbie is important, he's one of the few voices we have in the dressing room. He's a great player, has been for years, and he takes his chances so well."

Burnley manager Owen Coyle:

"Bizarre as it sounds we controlled large periods of the match, particularly early on but we conceded really poor goals.

"We need to stop shooting ourselves in the foot, as good as the finishing was from Tottenham our finishing was poor - at best."

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Saturday, 26 September 2009

Premier League

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Tottenham 5-0 Burnley FT
(HT 2-0)
  • Keane (pen) 18
  • Jenas 33
  • Keane 74
  • Keane 77
  • Keane 87





    Ref: DeanAtt: 35,462


    • Tottenham 56%
    • Burnley 44%

    Attempts on target

    • Tottenham 12
    • Burnley 7

    Attempts off target

    • Tottenham 6
    • Burnley 3


    • Tottenham 2
    • Burnley 7


    • Tottenham 10
    • Burnley 14
    • Final Result
    • Full Time
    • 90:00+3:31 The referee ends the match.
    • 90:00+2:47 Fernando Guerrero takes a shot. Carlo Cudicini makes a save.
    • 90:00+2:35 The ball is crossed by Chris Eagles, Tom Huddlestone manages to make a clearance.
    • 90:00+2:23 Niko Kranjcar gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Fernando Guerrero. Direct free kick taken by Joey Gudjonsson.
    • 90:00+0:49 The ball is crossed by Niko Kranjcar. Effort from inside the six-yard box by Robbie Keane goes wide left of the target.
    • 89:55 Headed effort from deep inside the penalty area by Peter Crouch misses to the left of the goal.
    • 88:11 Corner taken right-footed by Wade Elliott from the left by-line, Clarke Carlisle has a headed effort at goal from close in which goes wide right of the goal.
    • 87:33 Substitution Michael Dawson on for Sebastien Bassong.
    • 86:03 Peter Crouch provided the assist for the goal.
    • 86:03 GOAL - Robbie KeaneTottenham 5 - 0 Burnley A goal is scored by Robbie Keane from inside the area low into the middle of the goal. Tottenham 5-0 Burnley.
    • 85:28 Steven Thompson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Sebastien Bassong. Carlo Cudicini restarts play with the free kick.
    • 83:45 Substitution Aaron Lennon goes off and Gareth Bale comes on.
    • 80:19 The ball is swung over by Tom Huddlestone, Headed effort from deep inside the area by Peter Crouch misses to the left of the goal.
    • 80:19 Substitution Fernando Guerrero joins the action as a substitute, replacing Robbie Blake.
    • 80:19 Foul by Stephen Jordan on Aaron Lennon, free kick awarded.
    • 79:03 Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Robbie Blake, Peter Crouch makes a clearance.
    • 78:27 Steven Thompson fouled by Tom Huddlestone, the ref awards a free kick. Robbie Blake delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from left wing, Jermaine Jenas makes a clearance.
    • 76:44 Assist by Tom Huddlestone.
    • 76:44 GOAL - Robbie KeaneTottenham 4 - 0 Burnley Robbie Keane finds the back of the net with a goal from inside the penalty box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Tottenham 4-0 Burnley.
    • 73:04 Aaron Lennon provided the assist for the goal.
    • 73:04 GOAL - Robbie KeaneTottenham 3 - 0 Burnley Robbie Keane finds the back of the net with a goal from the edge of the area to the top right corner of the goal. Tottenham 3-0 Burnley.
    • 71:53 Substitution Steven Thompson comes on in place of Steven Fletcher.
    • 69:58 Steven Fletcher fouled by Sebastien Bassong, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Tyrone Mears.
    • 68:29 Shot on goal comes in from Tyrone Mears from the free kick, save by Carlo Cudicini. Effort from just inside the area by Robbie Blake hits the post.

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    26 Sep 2009 23:59 UK

    Home Team Score Away Team Time
    Birmingham 1-2 Bolton R
    Blackburn 2-1 Aston Villa R
    Fulham 0-1 Arsenal R
    Liverpool 6-1 Hull R
    Portsmouth 0-1 Everton R
    Stoke 0-2 Man Utd R
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    Premier League table snapshot

    As it stood on 26 Sep 2009 23:59 UK

    Position Team P GD PTS
    1 Man Utd 7 11 18
    2 Chelsea 7 10 18
    3 Liverpool 7 12 15
    4 Tottenham 7 7 15
    5 Arsenal 6 10 12
    6 Man City 5 5 12
    7 Aston Villa 6 4 12
    8 Sunderland 6 0 9
    9 Everton 6 -2 9
    10 Wigan 7 -6 9
    11 Burnley 7 -10 9
    12 Stoke 7 -4 8
    13 Bolton 6 -1 7
    14 Birmingham 7 -2 7
    15 Blackburn 6 -3 7
    16 Wolverhampton 6 -3 7
    17 Fulham 6 -4 6
    18 West Ham 5 -1 4
    19 Hull 7 -13 4
    20 Portsmouth 7 -10 0

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