Son Heung-min and Harry Kane linked up yet again for the only goal as Tottenham claimed a fortunate win away to Burnley.
Kane headed Erik Lamela’s pass into the path of Son, who headed home Spurs’ first effort on target.
That is the 29th time the pair have combined for a Premier League goal, while Son is now the division’s leading scorer with eight.
Burnley were unfortunate to lose with Ashley Barnes having a goal ruled out for offside and Kane clearing a James Tarkowski header off the line.
Ashley Westwood and Johann Gudmundsson also forced Hugo Lloris into saves.
Sean Dyche’s Clarets remain in the relegation zone on one point, while Spurs move up from 11th to fifth.
Son and Kane’s productive partnership
Son and Kane have had a good partnership in recent years but this term they seem to have taken it to near telepathic levels.
They have linked up for four goals against Southampton, two against Manchester United and West Ham and now another against Burnley.
Kane appeared to know Son would be there when he flicked Lamela’s corner on and the South Korean made no mistake as he threw himself at the ball to head in.
He is now the top scorer in the league, while Kane – who has five goals and eight assists – has been directly involved in 13 goals, the most ever recorded by a player in his team’s first six Premier League games.
They have linked up 29 times for league goals in total. Only Chelsea’s Didier Drogba and Frank Lampard (36) have ever managed to do so more often.
Spurs and boss Jose Mourinho will be happy that is the focus of the game, because they had been poor otherwise.
They were sloppy in possession, gifting Burnley several chances with defensive mistakes – and barely created a chance before Son’s goal.
Kane’s main role until then had been to clear a Tarkowski header off his line.
Spurs are the top scorers in the league – they were averaging three goals a game until Monday night’s match – but had perhaps taken criticism of their last league game to heart.
They led that one 3-0 against West Ham after 16 minutes before conceding three times in the final eight minutes to draw 3-3.
There was no danger of such drama this time.
Positives to take… but it’s another slow Burnley start
Burnley struggle at home against the big sides, despite their reputation for being difficult opponents. Their only win in their past 24 Premier League home fixtures against ‘the big six’ came last season against Spurs.
They are traditional slow starters. They have failed to win in their opening five Premier League games twice before, in 2014-15 when they had three points and in 2018-19, when like this year they picked up one point.
They were relegated in 2015 and stayed up by six points two years ago.
The Clarets will have to start picking them up soon as they are level on points – well point – with Sheffield United and Fulham in the relegation zone.
Burnley boss Dyche will see the positives from this performance though and on another day they could have scored a couple.
Barnes was well offside when he slammed home in the first half and they forced Lloris into three saves and Kane into his clearance.
They were solid at the back for the most part too, with Kevin Long doing well to block a Son effort and Tarkowski denying Kane.
A pleasing night for both – manager reaction
Burnley boss Sean Dyche, speaking to BBC Sport: “It was a very good performance, a very thorough performance.
“We are getting players back to true match fitness, there’s a lot of good things.
“If you perform like we did against West Brom and tonight enough times, you start looking after yourself. We got done a little bit by a soft goal tonight but we quelled a lot of good attacks tonight.”
Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho, speaking to BBC Sport: “6-1 or 1-0, three points so I am happy as I was at Manchester United at Old Trafford.
“I said before the game this was not the game for beautiful football or the game to score many goals – Sean Dyche knows how to organise a team and to stop the better teams from playing through it.
“I’m very happy, this is the typical match where you can easily leave two points behind.”
Match stats – Mourinho’s favourite opponents
- Tottenham recorded clean sheets in successive games in all competitions, having failed to record a shutout in 10 games stretching back to last season.
- Jose Mourinho has not faced any side as manager more often without losing than Burnley (10 – W6 D4), winning five of his six away matches against the Clarets.
- Tottenham have lost just one of their past 12 Premier League games played on Monday (W9 D2), going down 1-0 against Man City in October 2018.
- Harry Kane has recorded eight assists in six Premier League appearances this season, the most he has ever provided in a single campaign in the competition.
- Josh Brownhill’s booking for Burnley after 63 seconds was the earliest in a Premier League game since Scott McTominay for Manchester United against Newcastle in December 2019 (24 seconds).
Burnley host Chelsea in the league on Saturday (15:00 GMT). Spurs go to Belgium to face Royal Antwerp in the Europa League on Thursday (17:55) before a home game against Brighton in the Premier League on Sunday (19:15).
- 28LongBooked at 80mins
- 7GudmundssonSubstituted forRodriguezat 84′minutes
- 8BrownhillBooked at 2mins
- 10BarnesSubstituted forVydraat 89′minutes
- 27Lucas MouraSubstituted forLamelaat 57′minutes
- 28NdombeleSubstituted forLo Celsoat 79′minutes
- 7Son Heung-MinSubstituted forRodonat 90+3′minutes
- 18Lo Celso
- 45Alves Morais
Match ends, Burnley 0, Tottenham Hotspur 1.
Second Half ends, Burnley 0, Tottenham Hotspur 1.
Attempt blocked. Chris Wood (Burnley) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
Substitution, Tottenham Hotspur. Joe Rodon replaces Son Heung-Min.
Substitution, Burnley. Matej Vydra replaces Ashley Barnes.
Corner, Burnley. Conceded by Moussa Sissoko.
Corner, Burnley. Conceded by Ben Davies.
Substitution, Burnley. Jay Rodriguez replaces Jóhann Gudmundsson.
Attempt saved. Erik Lamela (Tottenham Hotspur) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Giovani Lo Celso.
Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Kevin Long (Burnley).
Attempt saved. Giovani Lo Celso (Tottenham Hotspur) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Matt Doherty with a cross.
Kevin Long (Burnley) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Son Heung-Min (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Foul by Kevin Long (Burnley).
Substitution, Tottenham Hotspur. Giovani Lo Celso replaces Tanguy Ndombele.
Goal! Burnley 0, Tottenham Hotspur 1. Son Heung-Min (Tottenham Hotspur) header from very close range to the top right corner. Assisted by Harry Kane following a corner.
Attempt missed. Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Erik Lamela with a cross following a corner.
Corner, Tottenham Hotspur. Conceded by James Tarkowski.
Attempt blocked. Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Erik Lamela.