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Burnley vs Tottenham postponed due to heavy snow – LIVE updates!


Today’s Premier League match between Burnley and Tottenham has been postponed due to adverse weather conditions at Turf Moor.

The snow fell heavily overnight and on Sunday morning in Lancashire, with the undersoil heating at the ground subsequently unable to cope with the conditions.

Burnley’s ground staff tried in vain to clear the pitch and get the game on, but unfortunately there was no let-up from the elements.

The decision to call off the game was made around 45 minutes before the scheduled kick-off time of 2pm GMT, with Tottenham’s squad having already arrived, following a pitch inspection led by referee Peter Bankes.

The fixture will now have to be rescheduled, with the Premier League set to provide more information on possible new dates in due course.

Follow the latest updates from Sunday’s Premier League postponement at Turf Moor with Standard Sport’s LIVE blog below!

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Dyche: Postponement was a joint decision

Burnley say the postponement was due to “concerns around the pitch surface and surroundings areas.”

It seems that the heavy snowfall overnight and so far today left the undersoil heating system at Turf Moor simply unable to cope.

“I can’t see how it could go ahead the way the pitch is at the moment,” Burnley manager Sean Dyche said.

“It fell that quick and heavy. It’s still quite strong now. [The pitch] can’t get rid of the snow that quick.”

He added: “As you can see the pitch re-covers every time they clear it. The referee explained the safety angle as well so it was important to make a decision early.

“It’s the lines being cleared as well – we would have to stop and clear them. It’s a joint decision with everyone concerned.

“We were ready for the game and I made it clear if it could be played we wanted it on – as did their manager.”

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Tottenham confirm postponement

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GAME OFF

BREAKING: Today’s game has now been called off due to the heavy snow in Lancashire.

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Burnley team

Burnley XI: Pope, Lowton, Cork, Mee, Taylor, Gudmundsson, Collins, Brownhill, McNeil, Wood, Cornet

Subs: Hennessey, Roberts, Stephens, Lennon, Rodriguez, Pieters, Bardsley, Vydra, Long

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Tottenham team

Tottenham XI:  Lloris, Sanchez, Dier, Davies, Emerson, Hojbjerg, Skipp, Reguilon, Lucas Moura, Son, Kane

Subs: Doherty, Winks, Gil Salvatierra, Sessegnon, Alli, Gollini, Bergwijn, Tanganga, Ndombele

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I haven’t heard any suggestions yet that this game could be in genuine danger this afternoon, but the snow does look to be still falling heavily at Turf Moor and there are still numerous groundsmen working hard to clear the pitch.

We will bring you any further developments as they happen.

Official team news is also on the way in just a few minutes’ time. Stay tuned!

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Dyche: Burnley are on a nice little run

Dyche has been out talking to match referee Peter Bankes in a shirt and tie with no jacket – a braver man than me!

Here’s more from the long-serving Burnley boss, whose team have only beaten Brentford in the Premier League so far this season, while drawing six other matches.

“We’re going to have to be well aware of the strengths they’ve got,” he said.

“But equally, we’re on a nice little run. Our performances – I’ve said most of the season actually, but certainly recently – we look a threat, we can score goals at the moment.

“We still focus on ourselves and obviously we are aware of a change of manager, change of culture at Tottenham, so that may take time.”

“Often it’s been down to taking chances, not about managing the game, more about chances created that we haven’t taken,” Dyche said.

“We’re looking more of a threat over the last couple of weeks, probably four or five games, that’s for sure.

“Early season, we were actually playing pretty well, I felt, but the balance has to be right at both ends and we’ve tightened that up a little bit.”

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Dyche hoping to cash in on Tottenham uncertainty

Meanwhile, Burnley counterpart Sean Dyche is hopeful to take advantage of any initial teething problems for Conte in the Spurs hotseat.

“It will be helpful if it does take time because we play them very quickly,” he said.

“There’s no two ways about the manager knowing his stuff and to be honest, the players know their stuff.

“It’s just sometimes you need the connection between what you’re trying to achieve tactically, a change of culture, change of manager, and getting the best out of the players.

“The manager needs to get the best out of them, that’s his job, and his record suggests he will over time.

“I really hope he doesn’t this weekend, that would be helpful, but they don’t lack talent that’s for sure.”

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Conte provides scathing Spurs assessment

Conte was brutally honest after that embarrassment in Slovenia, admitting that he was beginning to understand the situation at Tottenham after three weeks and that the level at Spurs is “not that high”.

While he said he was “happy to stay”, he insisted there was a lot of work to do to improve the squad and try to close the gap in the Premier League.

“I’m making my evaluations and then I’ll speak with the club but I’m ready to continue to work in this way,” Conte said.

“But it’s important that we have to know that the situation is not simple, simple, no. It’s not enough to do this [clicks fingers] and change the situation.

“We need time, we need passion, we need work and I’m here for this. It doesn’t mean that we have to change a lot. I’m ready to do what the club want to do. But now, the situation is very clear.”

He added: “For sure, we need players with the right mentality and with the quality, players that deserve to play for Tottenham and aspire to be competitive, to fight for this shirt, to win something. For sure, we need this.

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“Honestly, I’m working with the team for three or four weeks and I want to tell you that I have found a great commitment, a great ability and there is the will, the desire to improve but now more time has passed and I’m making my evaluations directly, not through the TV or through other persons, but directly, and for sure, we need to improve a lot to reduce the gap with the top teams.

“I want to be honest. I repeat, I’m not scared to face this situation, but it is important that everybody understands.”

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Groundsmen work to clear the snow at Turf Moor…

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