Tottenham’s title challenge hit the buffers as they suffered a 2-1 defeat at Burnley, despite Harry Kane scoring on his return from injury on Saturday.
Spurs could have closed the gap to leaders Manchester City and Liverpool to two points but fluffed their lines as they were blunted by Sean Dyche’s dogged outfit, with Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino clashing with referee Mike Dean at full-time.
The Argentine, who was angered by a number of decisions including the award of a corner that led to Burnley’s opener, had to be pulled away by Clarets defender Phil Bardsley as his frustrations spilled over.
Pochettino later said he had “crossed the line” and would “maybe” apologise to Dean. Burnley are now unbeaten in their last eight Premier League games – their longest unbeaten top-division run for 44 years.
Spurs stay in third place, five points behind Liverpool who face Manchester United at Old Trafford on Sunday. Burnley rise to 13th and are now six points clear of the relegation places.