The Clarets slipped to a disappointing 2-0 home defeat at the hands of Tottenham yesterday, which effectively drags Burnley deeper into the relegation battle.
Second half goals from Eric Dier and Heung Min Son were enough to seal all three points for Spurs and condemn the Clarets to only their fourth home loss of the season.
All in all, there weren’t many positives to take for Burnley other than the fact it was only two.
Here, I will rate our starting 11 of yesterday, giving a brief overview of their performance…
Tom Heaton: 7 – Did well to keep out efforts from Christian Eriksen and Ben Davies, but could only parry shots into danger area and nearly gifted goals to Dele Alli and Mousa Sissoko
Matt Lowton: 8 – Marshalled Ben Davies well down the left hand side and defended well for the vast majority of the game. End product slightly lacking, however.
Michael Keane: 6 – Had an off day and was at partial fault for the second goal. Allowed Son to run off him and never recovered; a costly error.
Ben Mee: 8 – Colossal as ever. Won everything in the air and cleared almost everything. Hard to find many faults in his game.
Stephen Ward: 9 MOM – Just edged Ben Mee out of the Man of the Match running. Solid defensively and tried to get forward too. Nullified the threat of Kieran Trippier.
George Boyd: 6 – Gave his usual 100% effort but attacking wise, he offered nothing. Put some good tackles in, but no cutting edge to his game.
Joey Barton: 5 – Probably Barton’s worst performance in a Claret and Blue shirt. Unusually sloppy in possession and looked lethargic. Hopefully a one off.
Jeff Hendrick: 5 – Like Barton, a poor, poor performance. Didn’t do much right other than a few good passes. Was even getting in the way of his team mates at times.
Scott Arfield: 5 – Surprise starter and I don’t think Burnley fans learned much from his performance. The usual effort, but again, offered absolutely nothing in attack. Same old.
Andre Gray: 7 – Caused problems for the Spurs back line and taking him off really swung the game in Tottenham’s favour. Can count himself unlucky to be hooked before his strike partner.
Ashley Barnes: 5 – Struggled all day with the physicality of the Spurs defence. Won hardly anything in the air and offered little in terms of goal scoring threat.