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Burnley were relegated after Tottenham claimed victory

Burnley were relegated from the Premier League after failing to win at Tottenham, which would have kept their hopes alive.

The Clarets, who knew a draw or defeat meant they would no longer be able to catch fourth-bottom Nottingham Forest, took the lead when Jacob Bruun Larsen slipped over in the opening 25 minutes.

The joy among the traveling fans was tempered seven minutes later when Pedro Porro equalised.

After dominating the second half without finding a way through, Spurs were finally rewarded when defender Micky van de Ven burst forward and expertly slotted the winner into the bottom corner.

A draw would do little for fifth-placed Tottenham, who needed a win to keep the pressure on Aston Villa in the Champions League race.

Spurs trail Villa by four points with two games remaining on either side.

Burnley are five points behind Forest with one game remaining, meaning they join Sheffield United in an immediate return to the Championship.

Despite all the positives this season under Ange Postecoglou, a miserable run over the last month has led to concerns for Tottenham supporters.

Four consecutive defeats have severely damaged their team’s hopes of finishing above Villa and Postecoglou was hoping to avoid the ignominy of becoming the first Spurs boss to lose five times since Ossie Ardiles in 1994.

The ease with which their side have leaked goals – conceding 13 times in defeats to Newcastle, Arsenal, Chelsea and Liverpool – is particularly alarming.

Burnley, who arrived as the third-lowest scorers in the league, also managed to find space in attacking areas and punished Spurs through Bruun Larsen’s opener.

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But Tottenham ultimately had enough quality to pass a stern test – even if they needed two defenders to provide an attacking spark.

That struggle kept Spurs’ hopes of renovating Villa alive.

Tottenham know they must beat Manchester City and Sheffield United in their last two games and hope Unai Emery’s side drop points against Liverpool and Crystal Palace.

«We were dominant enough, their goalkeeper was excellent today and we had enough chances,» said Postecoglou.

“It’s always difficult when you lose four games in a row and it’s natural that there’s going to be a bit of anxiety and a bit of stress.

«It should have been a more comfortable win, but the most important thing is that we won the game.»

After winning the Championship last season, Burnley hoped that the dynamic and attacking style developed under Vincent Kompany would translate into success in the Premier League.

However, the top flight is a different beast and the gulf proved too great for the Clarets.

A young and inexperienced team was punished by defensive errors and not capitalizing on the chances it created.

Burnley have particularly struggled against the top teams, losing all 12 of their games against the current top six following their defeat to Tottenham.

Like the draws at Chelsea and Manchester United, Kompany’s side were competitive against Spurs but lacked the quality on either side to get the win they needed.

Sloppy possession at the back invited pressure, while rare chances from Wilson Odobert and Maximo Esteve, when it was still 1-1, were missed.

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After relegation was confirmed, dejected Burnley players applauded their traveling fans, who will be hoping their side return at the first time of asking next season.


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