By Simon Evans
BURNLEY, England (Reuters) – BURNLEY 0 TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR 3
Harry Kane hit a hat-trick for Tottenham as they enjoyed their first away win in the Premier League in nearly three months with a 3-0 win over Burnley at Turf Moor.
The triple, Kane’s seventh of his prolific 2017, took his Premier League tally for the calendar year to 36, equalling Alan Shearer’s record from 1995.
Spurs’ win, their first on the road since their 4-0 victory at Huddersfield at the end of September, moved the London club up to fifth in the league, a point behind fourth-placed Liverpool.
Kane, who oozed confidence and class throughout, put Spurs ahead from the penalty spot in the seventh minute after a controversial penalty award when Dele Alli went down under a challenge from Burnley defender Kevin Long.
Alli had already enraged the home support four minutes earlier when he lunged late into a challenge on Burnley fullback Charlie Taylor and received a yellow card.
While Burnley’s supporters booed England forward Alli throughout the game, Spurs had several chances to extend their lead but Moussa Sissoko and Son Heung-min wasted good opportunities.
Sissoko was clear through on goal but Burnley keeper Nick Pope produced a fine double save to keep the advantage to a single goal at the break.
Son should have doubled the lead in the 56th minute but blasted over the bar after Serge Aurier had put him through with only Pope to beat.
Injuries and suspensions may have caught up with Burnley, who have enjoyed an impressive season so far and are still in seventh place, and Sean Dyche’s side certainly missed suspended central defender James Tarkowski.
It was left to Kane to finally confirm the difference in class between the two sides, making it 2-0 in the 69th minute with a trademark finish after being put through by Sissoko.
The England forward wrapped up the win with another confident finish for his hat-trick goal after neat work from Ben Davies and Alli.
Alli was jeered as he was substituted but, by then, the early controversy seemed irrelevant.
Burnley substitute Sam Vokes had a late header disallowed for a foul on Spurs keeper Hugo Lloris but the game was already well beyond the home side who now face a trip to Manchester United on Boxing Day.
(Reporting by Simon Evans; Editing by Rex Gowar and Ian Chadband)