Tottenham Hotspur v Brentford – Premier League – Tottenham Hotspur Stadium – Report
Tottenham Hotspur 2-0 Brentford
Tottenham Hotspur provided Antonio Conte with glimpses of progress by seeing off Brentford to record their second successive Premier League and extending their unbeaten top-flight sequence to three since the Italians arrival in North London.
Whether it be the chilly conditions, Thursday night football or Tottenham’s inconsistent form, an unenthusiastic air hung over N17. The footsoldiers were fed-up despite the rise of a ‘new dawn’ under the former Chelsea and Juventus boss.
Nevertheless, Spurs were quick to create. Bees stopper, Alvaro Fernandez produced a superb one-handed save to deny Lucas Moura after Harry Kane had fashioned an opening. And with their next foray forward, the home side lifted spirits further.
Ben Davies reacted to Heung-Min Son’s centre, causing confusion and forcing Sergi Canós into heading through his own goal – Pontus Jansson also involved in the melee. Spurs in front inside twelve minutes.
Tentative steps, but the crowd were enthused. Fernandez stuck out a glove to rebuff Son – Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg blocked from the resulting flag-kick.
Brentford’s best moments came through Bryan Mbeumo. But a speculative volley drifting wide and several unsupported darts forward were all the Frenchman had to show for his efforts as the contest reached the halfway mark.
Fernandez raced from his goal to deny Kane. Then Hojbjerg could only find the side netting after the England skipper and Oliver Skipp had combined to open up the visitors.
Brentford were hanging in the contest. Ivan Toney forced Hugo Lloris into a smart save low to his left. But with it went the West Londoners hopes. Reguilon scampered away down the left before providing a Son with silver service which the South Korean gleefully accepted.
Toney again troubled Tottenham. This time Lloris stuck out a boot to divert the danger. It’s worth noting that despite their tribulations, Spurs are still within touching distance of the top four. Conte perhaps not quite faced with the salvage operation many have predicted?
Spurs return to Premier League action on Sunday, December 5 when Norwich City visit the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium (2pm).
Tottenham Hotspur: Lloris (Capt), Royal (Tanganga 84′), Sanchez, Dier, Davies, Reguilon, Hojbjerg, Skipp, Lucas (Winks 76′), Son (Bergwijn 87′), Kane Subs not used: Gollini, Doherty, Sessegnon, Dele, Ndombele, Bryan
Goals: Sergi Canós (own-goal) 12′, Heung-Min Son 65′
Brentford: Fernandez, Goode, Jansson (Capt), Pinnock, Canos (Wissa 70′), Onyeka (Baptiste 56′), Norgaard, Janelt (Jensen 70′), Henry, Mbuemo, Toney Subs not used: Cox, Forss, Wissa, Ghoddos, Roerslev, Maghoma, Stevens
Referee: Jonathan Moss
Assistants: Marc Perry and Timothy Wood
Fourth Official: Graham Scott
VAR: Peter Bankes
Assistant VAR: James Mainwaring