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Burnley fell to a 2-0 defeat against Spurs this afternoon at the Turf and it was a result and performance from the visitors that left their manager Mauricio Pochettino delighted.

Speaking after the game, he said: “We showed great character and I’m very proud and pleased because the performance in the second half was very good.

“This win is massive for us. We have to be there if Chelsea fail and we are there. We are fighting for the Premier League.

“When you reduce the gap to seven points it’s completely different to ten points. We just have to be there if Chelsea fail and want to be there until the end of the season.”

Sean Dyche, who named an unchanged team, said: “I was pleased with the team we picked and the way they delivered a performance until the first goal. I thought for the first half it was a good performance and at the start of the second half we still looked strong and in it, but then we gave a really poor goal away and it changed the whole feeling.

“It’s interesting to see, even at their level, the power of strength they have as a club because the goal seemed to give them more belief. We know they are second in the Premier League for a reason, but they kept the ball better after the goal and we couldn’t find our feet for the next twenty minutes which really changed the rest of the game.

“On reflection, they are a real top side and it’s a big learning curve for us again about the details in a game.

“It’s a strange position to be in, on days like today, because you have to balance out the strides we have made against the team you are playing. With the injuries they had, and we wish Harry Winks well, they actually brought players on who you could argue were stronger than those starting the game.”

He added: “We don’t think we are on easy street for one minute. Everyone keeps saying how many points we might need, but I haven’t said anything because I know how difficult this division is. We’ve just come off a really tough run of five away games in seven and the two home games have been the top two, Chelsea and Tottenham.

“But there are no gimmes and the work continues. We are still in good shape and we’ve earned that right. Now it’s about good focus and concentration on the challenge in front of us.”

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