Glory, goal-fests and goodbyes: The Premier League's most thrilling 'dead rubbers'

4. Burnley 4-2 Tottenham, 9 May 2010

Neither Burnley nor Spurs had much to play for on the last day. The hosts were already relegated, while Harry Redknapp's visitors had qualified for the Champions League play-offs. And three minutes in, the game seemed to be following a predictable enough plot, as Gareth Bale gave the visitors the lead. Luka Modric opened up a two-goal lead on 32 minutes as Tottenham illustrated the gulf in class.

But Brian Laws' Burnley clearly hadn't read the script and, taking a leaf out of Muhammad Ali's Rope-A-Dope manual, they soaked up the pressure and waited for Tottenham to run out of steam. A goal before the break gave them hope; three more in the second half left the Londoners out for the count, and 'Arry feeling bruised. "I'll go home with the hump!" he harrumphed.


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