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Burnley have no answer for Spurs revival

Tottenham 4-2 Burnley

By Nick Purewal

Tottenham survived leaking two early goals to ease past Burnley 4-2 at White Hart Lane and into the fourth round of the FA Cup.

Burnley raced into a 2-0 lead in seven minutes, Marvin Sordell breaking a 12-game duck and Ross Wallace's free-kick deflecting heavily off Roberto Soldado.

Paulinho hit back for Spurs in the 10th minute, before Etienne Capoue levelled on the stroke of half-time. Vlad Chiriches and Danny Rose then struck after the break to secure Spurs a fourth-round home tie with Leicester on Saturday week.

Sam Vokes' strike secured Burnley a 1-1 draw at Turf Moor on January 5 to tee up this third-round replay, but the fit-again forward could not inspire anything near a repeat.

Spain hitman Soldado's latest drought stretched to five games as the Spurs striker fired against the bar from six yards with the goal at his mercy.

The one-time Real Madrid man's finishing jitters show no signs of abating, even though he provided two assists on the night.

Sordell's opener caught Tottenham cold, most notably Jan Vertonghen, as a darting long-ball bisected the Spurs defence.

The former Bolton striker sauntered through and flicked an arcing volley past the helpless Michel Vorm to hand Burnley the third-minute lead.

Just four minutes later Burnley were two to the good.

Wallace's flimsy free-kick ricocheted off Soldado's head, wrong-footing the once-more hapless Vorm and into the net.

The breakneck opening took another twist when Paulinho dragged Spurs back into the contest in the 10th minute.

Soldado was able to atone for his unwitting assist for Burnley's second goal by laying on Spurs' first. The former Valencia hitman flicked Andros Townsend's cross perfectly into Paulinho's path, and the 32-cap Brazil midfielder obliged with a spin and finish.

Benjamin Stambouli then shot wide from the edge of the area as Spurs pressed again, while Kieran Trippier's headed clearance denied Rose. Tottenham's frustration peaked when Soldado hit the bar from six yards.

Townsend's low cross from a quick-fire break had Tom Heaton beaten bar the tap-in, only for Soldado to miscue horribly.

Just when Spurs feared no more reward in the half however, up popped Capoue to level in time added on. The France midfielder drove home from 18 yards after Paulinho had failed to connect with Ben Davies' cross.

Chiriches headed Spurs into the lead just four minutes into the second half, the defender making no mistake at the far post as Heaton flapped at Townsend's corner.

Full-back Rose then cemented Spurs' advantage by sliding Soldado's pass home from close-range.

Nacer Chadli injected extra pace off the bench as Spurs maintained control and confirmed their fourth round spot.

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