Tottenham hang on for a point despite Brentford’s dominance

Brian Jeeves

Brentford v Tottenham Hotspur – Premier League – Brentford Community Stadium – Report

Brentford 0-0 Tottenham Hotspur 

Tottenham Hotspur’s bid for a top-four finish continued to flounder after Antonio Conte’s men came away from the Brentford Community Stadium fortunate to claim a share of the Premier League spoils.

Nothing is surprising about all-action Brentford’s ability to punch significantly above their weight. Spurs chief, Antonio Conte, had an idea of what was coming: “It’s another tough game but you know very well, in England, there is not an easy game,” the Italian explained.

“You have to be prepared very well and we know it will be very tough. We’re talking about a team that is showing they deserve to play in the Premier League. 

“They’re playing very well, and they’ve beaten important teams. It won’t be easy for us.”

And so it proved. Bryan Mbeumo’s early effort was deflected behind following some slack Tottenham defending. Meanwhile, Cristian Romero blocked Ivan Toney’s stinging attempt as Brentford bossed the early stages.

Spurs appeared awkward and out of sorts, just as they had against Brighton a week previous. Toney’s thumping header was pushed onto the face of the bar by Hugo Lloris. The frontman then had another strike blocked as the Bees continued to ask almost all the questions.

Mbeumo hooked over after Rico Henry had fashioned an opening shortly after the restart. Harry Kane’s speculative strike was clipped to safety as Tottenham finally provided a shot – of sorts – of their own.

Spurs were finally beginning to show signs of life. Brentford forced deeper. Heung-Min Son provided a threat, albeit minimal. In the meantime, Christian Eriksen almost punctured his old employees with a rasping strike just the wrong side of an upright, while Lloris denied the dashing Dane as Brentford responded magnificently.

Brentford’s Christian Eriksen applauds the Tottenham fans at the Brentford Community Stadium (Rob Newell CameraSport)

Spurs flexed their muscles a little more in the closing stages. This time, Brentford remained resolute and disciplined to frustrate the North Londoners further. 

As the contest moved into stoppage-time, Toney again nodded against the frame of the goal. Incredibly, Kane then almost won it for Tottenham with a spectacular scissor kick which David Raya was relieved to see drift agonisingly wide of the far post.

Tottenham Hotspur return to Premier League action on Sunday, May 1 when Leicester City visit N17 (2pm).

Brentford: Raya, Roerslev, Jansson, Bech Sørensen, Henry, Janelt, Jensen (Dasilva 78′), Eriksen, Mbeumo, Toney, Ghoddos (Wissa 78′) Subs not used: Jeanvier, Fosu-Henry, Peart-Harris, Baptiste, Stevens, Young-Coombes, Lössl

Booked: Bech Sørensen (foul)

Goals: None

Tottenham Hotspur: Lloris (Capt), Royal (Lucas 86′), Romero, Dier, Davies, Sessegnon (Sanchez 74′), Hojbjerg, Bentancur, Kulusevski, Son, Kane Subs not used: Gollini (GK), Reguilon, Rodon, Winks, White, Bergwijn, Scarlett

Booked: Bentancur (foul)

Goals: None

Referee: Martin Atkinson

Assistants: Simon Long and Scott Ledger

Fourth Oficial: Tony Harrington

VAR: Paul Tierney

Assistant VAR: Simon Bennett

Brian Jeeves