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Burnley were beaten 3-0 by Tottenham yesterday, a result which left visiting boss Mauricio Pochettino delighted as we continue to look for our first ever win against him.

“It was a fantastic performance,” he said. “I’m so pleased and congratulate the players. I’m so happy because the three points were so important for us.

“We dominated, created chances it’s true, you need to kill the game when you create and play so well and dominate, but I wasn’t nervous, wasn’t worried.

“In this type of game against Burnley, we know how they play, the ball can arrive in the box and they can score and that’s why we need to kill the game. The moment we scored the second everything changed, but from the beginning, the team was hungry to fight and battle for the victory and that’s what pleased me most.”

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Sean Dyche was quick to admit that Spurs were worthy winners, but wasn’t best pleased with two early incidents in the game which saw Del Alli yellow carded and then win a penalty.

“Firstly, I have to say they were the better side,” Dyche admitted. “They are top class and when you have Harry Kane as the figurehead of your team, he makes you even better. He was the difference and the best player on the pitch by miles tonight; backed up by a side that has had maybe a bit of an up and down time recently, but who can hurt you in so many ways. They pressed us well, got on the front foot as a unit and that made it tough for us.”

Looking at the key incidents, he added: “We didn’t make good decisions early on in the game and they had a big start with the penalty. There were some tough decisions for the referee today and they are hard to call. The tackle (for which Alli was yellow carded), I’ve seen red cards for because he’s out of control. I don’t like to see red cards, especially for challenges, but that’s a really tough call.

“For the penalty, he is going down after the ball has gone out of play and there’s gamesmanship. There is contact on the outside of the knee, but it’s minor at best and he is already on his way down. We’ve all spoken about it and it’s a really tough one.

“The irony is there was a definite penalty on Ashley Barnes in the second half and then Sam Vokes’ goal should have stood. Both were incidental to the scoreline by the way, I make that clear, they were the better side and those decisions might just have given us a sliver of a chance.”

Dyche said after seeing the heaviest home defeat under his management: “As as manager, you feel these results because I want to compete against everyone and we didn’t really do that, and credit to Spurs for that.

We know where we’re at though. Everyone has been trying to get me to talk about Europe in the past week, but come on….. We know we are a maturing side and we are moving forwards. We know we have some really tough games coming up and injuries and suspensions, but there has been a lot of good work done by myself, the staff, and the team and the board.

“There’s a good connection between all parts of the club and that’s important to remember. That doesn’t stop you thinking that’s a tough day at the office today though.”

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