Aug 28, 2017
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Three things learnt as Burnley held Tottenham Hotspur to a 1-1 draw at Wembley

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Chris Wood capped his debut with an injury-time equaliser as Burnley held Tottenham Hotspur to a 1-1 draw at Wembley Stadium.

Wood, who recently joined the Clarets from Leeds United, slotted Robbie Brady’s through ball past Hugo Lloris to cancel out Dele Alli’s 49th-minute opener and send the visiting supporters into ecstasy.

Spurs are yet to win at Wembley, which is their temporary home this season while a new stadium is built next to White Hart Lane.

Here are three things we learnt on an eventful afternoon…

Spurs’ Wembley hoodoo strikes again

There is no logical reason for Spurs’ struggles at the national stadium – but their inability to win there is becoming a real concern. Mauricio Pochettino’s men toiled in the Champions League last season and have started this term with just one point from two matches.

On both occasions they have conceded late goals, but whereas Chelsea probably deserved to claim all three points last weekend, Spurs will be furious that they failed to see off Burnley.

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The hosts dominated possession and created plenty of opportunities, but only had Alli’s strike to show for their endeavours.

Nerves were apparent on and off the pitch in the closing minutes and the visitors capitalised. Clubs often take time to get familiarised with their new surroundings and Spurs desperately need a victory to get that monkey off their back.

Clinical Wood justifies price-tag 

The New Zealand striker had to make do with a place on the substitutes bench after completing a £15 million switch from Leeds, but he made the perfect start to his Burnley career.

It had looked as though the Clarets would return home empty-handed until Wood netted a dramatic leveller, two minutes into stoppage-time.

He was indebted to Brady, whose perfectly weighted pass had provided him with the opportunity to score.

Eyebrows were raised in some quarters at the fee for Wood, who spearheaded Leeds’ attack for two seasons but had previously struggled in the Premier League. To break his duck on his debut will give him confidence that he can perform at this level and it vindicates Sean Dyche’s decision to sign him.

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It is only a start of course, but Burnley supporters can be optimistic about Wood’s ability to fill the void left by Andre Gray.

Pochettino is over-reliant on Kane

Harry Kane is arguably the best striker in the Premier League, having captured the Golden Boot for the past two seasons. Much has been made of his failure to score in August – and the England captain has yet to open his account this campaign.

Although there is no need to panic, Kane’s misfiring start does show just how reliant Spurs are on him. Alli, as he so often does, chipped in here but, without Kane’s goals, Tottenham do not look the same threat.

Pochettino clearly has little faith in Vincent Janssen and supporters must dread the thought of their talismanic striker being injured for any significant period of time.

With just a few days remaining until the transfer window shuts, perhaps Pochettino should consider strengthening his attacking resources in case the worst does happen.

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