Burnley said goodbye to the Premier League with a remarkable comeback
By Stuart Roach
Burnley bowed out of the Premier League in fine style as they battled back from 2-0 down to beat tired Tottenham.
Gareth Bale's early drive put Spurs in front and their dominance was rewarded by a spectacular Luka Modric strike.
But the home side battled back as Wade Elliott sidefooted in before Jack Cork headed in for his first Burnley goal.
Martin Paterson's clinical finish put Burnley in front and Steven Thompson completed the comeback when he touched in Elliott's low shot.
It was a victory that earned Burnley a precious extra £800,000 in Premier League prize money as they edged above Hull into 18th place, but one that had hardly looked likely as Spurs totally dominated early on.
Laws happy to sign off with victory
Tottenham's midweek win at Manchester City meant they could afford to relax on the final day of the season, in the knowledge that qualification for the Champions League play-offs was already assured and with the slim possibility of third place quickly taken out of reach by Arsenal's dominant display against an understrength Fulham.
It made for a carefree attitude that produced some delightful flowing football from an in-form side seeking their 10th win in 12 games and Spurs' bright start was rewarded as early as the third minute.
Aaron Lennon, making only his second start of 2010, was sent racing clear down the right wing and his neat pull-back across the penalty area was clinically drilled home by the left foot of Bale, despite the efforts of Danny Fox on the line.
Peter Crouch could have doubled the lead on 15 minutes as he climbed high above Andre Bikey to meet Bale's left-wing corner, only to head over the bar from eight yards.
But Redknapp's side looked threatening with every attack and they deservedly made it 2-0 on 32 minutes with a quite outstanding goal.
Bale again started the move with an incisive pass that invited Modric to run at the Premier League's leakiest defence and the Croatian accepted the offer with aplomb, bamboozling Steven Caldwell with a stepover before striding forward and unleashing a vicious left-foot shot that flashed into the top left corner of Brian Jensen's net.
Spurs were utterly dominant, so much so that there was laughter all round when Younes Kaboul shanked a free-kick ridiculously wide.
But the smiles began to disappear after the home side clawed themselves back into contention with their first move of note three minutes before the break.
Neat and patient build-up from box to box led to an injection of pace that saw Steven Fletcher's flick open up the heart of the Spurs defence and allowed Elliott to run through and beat Alnwick with a tidy left-foot finish.
Buoyed by that late first-half strike, Burnley came out for the second period with renewed determination to depart the Premier League with their heads held high, though Lennon should have ended those hopes rather than rattle a post with a low drive seconds after the restart.
From that point Burnley begun to play with a style that made a nonsense of their 15 defeats in the last 18 games and, as the hangover of Spurs' midweek efforts apparently kicked in, the home side had three real chances to level before Cork struck.
Fletcher snatched at his shot after Michael Dawson's hurried clearance and Martin Paterson saw a shot saved by the legs of Alnwick after a determined run forward by David Nugent.
Graham Alexander and Cork then combined to set Fletcher up for a shot that was straight at Alnwick, but Cork grabbed a deserved equaliser on 54 minutes.
Elliott started the move and set up Paterson for an inviting cross that allowed Cork to ease between markers and easily head home his first goal for the club.
Spurs ran out of steam - Redknapp
And as Spurs visibly tired, Burnley pushed on to complete the comeback.
Paterson crashed in a right-foot shot from Fletcher's delicious low cross after another sweeping move 20 minutes from time to put the Clarets in front.
Then, a sparkling final-day fixture was completed by Thompson's opportunistic fourth, the striker getting the slightest touch to Elliott's low shot to complete a miserable first Spurs appearance of the season for Alnwick.
Burnley manager Brian Laws:
"Everybody seems to question whether I'm going to be here next season, but we are planning for the future and I want to be part of that.
"It's a fantastic club with magnificant supporters who deserve to have another go at it in the Premier League.
"It was vital that we finished with a good performance but you wouldn't have scripted that after the start we made. But we started to move the ball better and played with real style in the second half and deserved to go on and win the game."
Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp:
"We had complete control and looked like we would go on and score score more, but it wasn't to be.
"Burnley pulled a goal back and in the second half they played some great football and we tired. Perhaps I should have rested a few, but I wanted to give them the chance to finish the season off.
"It was a dream to be in the Champions League and it has come true, but it's a real shame we didn't finish the job and I'll go home with the hump!"
90:00+3:24 The referee blows for the end of the match.
90:00+2:30 Chris Eagles takes a short corner.
90:00+1:14 Substitution Chris Eagles on for Martin Paterson.
89:52 Foul by Andre Bikey on Eidur Gudjohnsen, free kick awarded. Eidur Gudjohnsen produces a shot on goal direct from the free
Correction - 87:31 The assist for the goal came from Wade Elliott.
87:31 Wade Elliott provided the assist for the goal.
87:31 GOAL - Steven Thompson:Burnley 4 - 2 Tottenham Steven Thompson gets on the score sheet with a goal from just outside the box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Burnley
87:25+3:19 Wade Elliott takes a shot. Blocked by Steven Thompson.
Correction - 87:25 Wade Elliott takes a shot. Steven Thompson gets a block in.
86:46 The ball is crossed by Tyrone Mears, Michael Dawson makes a clearance.
85:35 Substitution Steven Thompson comes on in place of Steven Fletcher.
84:16 Substitution Eidur Gudjohnsen replaces Peter Crouch.
83:46 Peter Crouch takes a shot. Brian Jensen makes a save.
82:31 Gareth Bale takes a inswinging corner from the right by-line played to the near post, Ledley King takes a shot.
82:22 The ball is sent over by Aaron Lennon, Jack Cork gets a block in.
81:29 Roman Pavlyuchenko takes a shot. Save by Brian Jensen.
80:00 Free kick awarded for a foul by Ledley King on Steven Fletcher. Direct free kick taken by Steven Fletcher.
77:58 Substitution David Nugent goes off and Robbie Blake comes on.
76:59 Andre Bikey gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Peter Crouch. The ball is delivered by Gareth Bale, Peter Crouch
takes a shot. Save made by Brian Jensen.
Correction - 74:38 Blocked by Wilson Palacios. Short corner worked by David Nugent. Martin Paterson takes a shot.
74:28 Martin Paterson produces a cross, blocked by Wilson Palacios. David Nugent decides to take a short corner.
73:57 Foul by Gareth Bale on Martin Paterson, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Brian Jensen.
72:47 Inswinging corner taken by Graham Alexander, save by Ben Alnwick.
72:32 Martin Paterson crosses the ball, Michael Dawson makes a clearance.
72:15 Aaron Lennon takes a shot. Save by Brian Jensen.
70:45 The ball is swung over by Steven Fletcher,
70:44 The assist for the goal came from Steven Fletcher.
70:44 GOAL - Martin Paterson:Burnley 3 - 2 Tottenham Martin Paterson finds the back of the net with a goal from inside the area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Burnley
70:14 Luka Modric concedes a free kick for a foul on Daniel Fox. Indirect free kick taken by Brian Jensen.
69:55 The ball is sent over by Younes Kaboul, Daniel Fox gets a block in.
68:28 Steven Fletcher handles the ball and concedes a free kick. Indirect free kick taken by Ben Alnwick.
68:03 Gareth Bale delivers the ball, blocked by Tyrone Mears.
66:34 Centre by Martin Paterson.
64:30 Peter Crouch handles the ball and concedes a free kick. Indirect free kick taken by Andre Bikey.
63:28 Substitution Tom Huddlestone leaves the field to be replaced by Wilson Palacios.
61:17 Effort on goal by Gareth Bale from just inside the box goes harmlessly over the target.
61:17 Substitution Roman Pavlyuchenko replaces Jermain Defoe.
61:17 Jermain Defoe fouled by Andre Bikey, the ref awards a free kick.
59:52 Benoit Assou-Ekotto crosses the ball, clearance made by Steven Caldwell.
59:14 Centre by Graham Alexander.
58:19 Graham Alexander takes a inswinging corner from the left by-line played to the near post, clearance made by Benoit Assou-Ekotto.
58:09 Centre by Martin Paterson, Ledley King gets a block in.
57:34 Martin Paterson crosses the ball, save by Ben Alnwick.
57:19 Wade Elliott takes a shot. Benoit Assou-Ekotto gets a block in.
57:05 Jack Cork takes a shot. Blocked by Michael Dawson.
56:24 Foul by Younes Kaboul on David Nugent, free kick awarded. The free kick is delivered left-footed by Daniel Fox from left wing,
clearance by Michael Dawson.
53:54 Assist on the goal came from Martin Paterson.
53:54 GOAL - Jack Cork:Burnley 2 - 2 Tottenham Jack Cork scores a headed goal from inside the six-yard box. Burnley 2-2 Tottenham.
53:53 The ball is delivered by Martin Paterson,
53:09 Aaron Lennon crosses the ball, Steven Caldwell makes a clearance.
50:58 The ball is swung over by Martin Paterson, Effort on goal by Steven Fletcher from inside the penalty area goes harmlessly
over the bar.
49:42 Steven Fletcher takes a shot. Save made by Ben Alnwick.
Correction - 48:39 Martin Paterson takes a shot. Ben Alnwick gets a block in.
48:39 Martin Paterson takes a shot. Blocked by Michael Dawson.
47:57 Steven Fletcher is penalised for a handball. Michael Dawson takes the direct free kick.
47:27 Steven Fletcher has a shot on goal from outside the area which misses right.
47:05 Ledley King challenges Steven Fletcher unfairly and gives away a free kick. Graham Alexander takes the free kick.
46:48 The ball is sent over by Gareth Bale.
45:46 Aaron Lennon produces a left-footed shot from close in and strikes the post.
45:01 The second half begins.
45:00+1:04 The referee blows for half time.
44:08 Foul by Daniel Fox on Jermain Defoe, free kick awarded. Michael Dawson takes the indirect free kick.
43:25 Steven Fletcher has an effort at goal from outside the area which misses left.
41:57 The assist for the goal came from Steven Fletcher.
41:57 GOAL - Wade Elliott:Burnley 1 - 2 Tottenham A goal is scored by Wade Elliott from deep inside the penalty area low into the middle of the goal. Burnley 1-2 Tottenham.
41:21 Centre by Aaron Lennon, Steven Caldwell manages to make a clearance.
40:03 Luka Modric concedes a free kick for a foul on Jack Cork. Free kick taken by Brian Jensen.
38:21 Corner taken by Gareth Bale from the right by-line, clearance made by Wade Elliott.
38:15 A cross is delivered by Younes Kaboul, Daniel Fox gets a block in.
37:54 Younes Kaboul sends in a cross, blocked by Daniel Fox.
36:08 The ball is sent over by Peter Crouch.
34:39 Foul by Steven Caldwell on Peter Crouch, free kick awarded. Direct effort from the free kick comes in from Gareth Bale, save
by Brian Jensen.
33:17 The referee blows for offside. Ledley King takes the direct free kick.
31:32 Gareth Bale provided the assist for the goal.
31:32 GOAL - Luka Modric:Burnley 0 - 2 Tottenham Luka Modric finds the net with a goal from the edge of the penalty box to the top left corner of the goal. Burnley 0-2 Tottenham.
30:42 Corner from the left by-line taken by Gareth Bale, Andre Bikey makes a clearance.
30:35 A cross is delivered by Gareth Bale, Tyrone Mears gets a block in.
30:07 Peter Crouch takes a shot. Blocked by Graham Alexander.
28:16 Effort from a long way out by Andre Bikey goes wide right of the goal.
27:34 Gareth Bale gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Steven Fletcher. Graham Alexander takes the indirect free kick.
26:43 Wade Elliott gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Luka Modric. Free kick taken by Gareth Bale.
25:59 Unfair challenge on Jermain Defoe by Steven Caldwell results in a free kick. Michael Dawson takes the free kick.
Correction - 23:49 Unfair challenge on Peter Crouch by Steven Caldwell results in a free kick. Luka Modric takes the direct free kick, Shot from
long range by Younes Kaboul misses to the right of the goal.
23:49 Unfair challenge on Peter Crouch by Steven Caldwell results in a free kick. Direct effort from the free kick comes in from
23:04 The ball is delivered by Wade Elliott, clearance made by Younes Kaboul.
20:41 The ball is swung over by Gareth Bale.
20:15 Benoit Assou-Ekotto crosses the ball, Daniel Fox makes a clearance.
17:21 Corner taken left-footed by Gareth Bale, Andre Bikey manages to make a clearance.
17:14 The ball is sent over by Michael Dawson, Graham Alexander manages to make a clearance.
16:52 Corner taken by Gareth Bale from the left by-line.
15:59 Jermain Defoe takes a shot. Andre Bikey gets a block in.
15:00 Gareth Bale takes the inswinging corner, Peter Crouch has a header from inside the six-yard box and clears the crossbar.
14:46 Peter Crouch takes a shot. Andre Bikey gets a block in.
14:05 The official flags Jermain Defoe offside. Indirect free kick taken by Brian Jensen.
12:34 Martin Paterson crosses the ball, clearance by Michael Dawson.
10:31 Centre by Martin Paterson, save by Ben Alnwick.
9:57 Martin Paterson takes a shot. Blocked by Ledley King.
9:40 The ball is crossed by Gareth Bale.
7:44 Aaron Lennon sends in a cross, Daniel Fox gets a block in.
7:36 The ball is swung over by Gareth Bale, Steven Caldwell manages to make a clearance.
7:17 Unfair challenge on Luka Modric by Wade Elliott results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Younes Kaboul.
6:28 Jack Cork takes a shot. Save by Ben Alnwick.
5:56 Jermain Defoe is ruled offside. Steven Caldwell takes the free kick.
5:31 Free kick awarded for a foul by Gareth Bale on Wade Elliott. Free kick taken by Brian Jensen.
4:31 Daniel Fox decides to take a short corner, The ball is crossed by Wade Elliott, clearance by Michael Dawson.
2:17 Assist by Aaron Lennon.
2:17 GOAL - Gareth Bale:Burnley 0 - 1 Tottenham Gareth Bale fires in a goal from just inside the penalty area high into the middle of the goal. Burnley 0-1 Tottenham.
2:08 The ball is swung over by Aaron Lennon,
0:00 The referee gets the game underway.
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