|TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR 2 (0)||BRENTFORD 0 (0)|
|Date : – 2nd December 2021||Kick off : – 19.30|
|Competition : – Premier League||Venue : – Tottenham Hotspur Stadium|
|Crowd : – 54,202|
|Referee : – Jon Moss (Leeds)||Linesmen : – Mr. Marc Perry; Mr. Timothy Wood|
|Fourth official : – Graham Scott|
|VAR official : – Peter Bankes||VAR Assistant : – James Mainwaring|
|Weather : – Cold, dry|
|Spurs kicked off the first half attacking the Park Lane end|
|Playing time : – 90 + 7 minutes
|Canos (o.g.) 11m 54s|
|Son 64m 22s|
|1.||Hugo LLORIS (c)||40.||Alvaro FERNANDEZ|
|6.||Davinson SANCHEZ||4.||Charlie GOODE|
|15.||Eric DIER||18.||Pontus JANSSON (c)|
|33.||Ben DAVIES||5.||Ethan PINNOCK|
|12.||Emerson ROYAL ( 25. Japhet TANGANGA 83)||7.||Sergi CANOS ( 11. Yoane WISSA 70)|
|29.||Oliver SKIPP||15.||Frank ONYEKA ( 26. Shandon BAPTISTE 56)|
|5.||Pierre-Emile HOJBJERG||6.||Christian NORGAARD|
|3.||Sergio REGUILON||27.||Vitaly JANELT ( 8. Mathias JENSEN 70)|
|27.||Lucas MOURA ( 8. Harry WINKS 77)|
|7.||Heung-Min SON ( 23. Steven BERGWIJN 87)||17.||Ivan TONEY|
|22.||Pierluigi GOLLINI||41.||Matthew COX|
|2.||Matt DOHERTY||36.||Finley STEVENS|
|20.||DELE Alli||33.||Paris MAGHOMA|
|11.||BRYAN Gil||30.||Mads ROERSLEV|
|19.||Ryan SESSEGNON||14.||Saman GHODDOS|
|28.||Tanguy NDOMBELE||9.||Marcus FORSS|
|Manager : – Antonio Conte||Manager : – Thomas Frank|
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|With a postponement last weekend, it was going to be interesting how Spurs performed in this Premier League match against Brentford, with the last game being the embarrassing defeat by Mura, but the side did well against a poor Bees team and won 2-0.
There was an attacking intent from the start with Reguilon and Son linking on the left and Harry Kane’s pass to Lucas Moura on his right brought a save from Brentford’s reserve keeper Fernandez with the Brazilian’s shot looking as though it might be going in halfway up his left-hand post. A ball out to Sergio Reguilon on the left produced a corner for Spurs, as Canos knocked it out of play and when Tottenham played the corner short, Heung-Min Son’s cross into the middle of the goalmouth saw the net bulge as a header beat the keeper. It was a powerful one and the stadium announcer eventually gave it to Ben Davies, although it seemed to come off a yellow-shirted player. The identity of the scorer was left to those searching the Internet for observers who obviously had a better view than those in the ground and it was Canos who was (dis)credited with an own goal, although he knew little about it as Pontus Jansson headed the ball clear, but directly into the back of the Brentford midfielder’s head, cannoning it past Fernandez. A goal in the 12th minute was what Spurs needed to help them settle and hopefully go on to produce a winning performance.
After Son had been pulled back as he broke down the left, he swung in the free kick to the near post and Dier got a glancing header on it, but it went straight at the keeper. It was a good chance and we need to be making the most of these opportunities. Brentford won a corner that produced a cordon around Hugo Lloris to try to prevent him getting the ball when it was played in, but the ball was headed out and when the ball was played towards goal, it was cleared again, but only to Bryan Mbeumo just outside the area and his volley missed to the left of Hugo Lloris’ post by a foot or so.
Moss’ refereeing was erratic to say the least. When Emerson Royal was grabbed around the neck by Rico Henry, it was nowhere near a tackle in the accepted meaning of the word in football, being more of a high rugby tackle (which would bring a citing … whatever that is) or a public assault (which would bring a police charge), but there was not even a talking to, let alone a hint of a yellow card. After Brentford put a few crosses into the box, Ben Davies got his head on one to make an important clearance, being clattered after the ball was gone. Lloris went up for it and was taken out by two or three visiting players, with referee Jon Moss finally giving a foul after a number of other white shirted players had ended up on the floor.
Pierre Hojbjerg was having a good game, as was Skipp alongside him (and Olly got better as the game went on) and the Dan’s forward header gave Son the chance to hit a low shot moving to his left from a central position outside the penalty box from the right and Fernandez dived right to get a hand to it and to push it wide for a corner. When Son’s corner came it, it was headed out to the far post and Hojbjerg struck a fierce effort that Fernandez stopped with his face for another corner, with the keeper needing the old magic sponge to bring him back to the present. A couple of clearances from Spurs attacks had found Mbeumo on his own inside his own half and he broke forward at pace, but Son, Reguilon, Hojbjerg and Skipp joined forces in chasing him back to win the ball on both occasions. The first corner had seen Son’s cross be completely missed by the goalkeeper and Davinson Sanchez could not aim his header with enough power to trouble the Bees defence and Fernandez got back to save.
The Spurs team leaving the field at half-time must have wondered what was going on as applause rang out rather than boos, but there was still 45 minutes to go and a one goal lead is a precarious one.
Brentford started looking more cohesive than in the first, but that wasn’t hard. Despite this response, it was Spurs who created the first good chance of the half when Oliver Skipp picked up the ball and broke forward inside his own half, before his pass to Kane on his left gave him a run into the box. The England captain took a touch before hitting a shot that the keeper pushed well wide for a corner. It was a chance that would previously have been buried by the Spurs striker, but he is not finishing in his normal clinical fashion at the moment. And that continued when a second corner was won and Son played it short to Reguilon, whose cross found Kane a couple of yards from goal, with his header hitting Jansson in front of goal and Ben Davies tried to find the net with a looping header, but Fernandez got back to take the ball over his head. Kane did well to play a low ball across the face of goal when Skipp put him clear on the right, but the ball beat Son in the middle, although Pierre got on the end of it beyond the far post although he wasn’t able to turn it back on target, only hitting the outside of the side-netting.
The Brentford (not so) secret weapon of Goode’s long-throw had been stymied in the first half, when Jon Moss became the first referee in living memory (or since Serge Aurier was found out a couple of times at Selhurst Park a few years back) to give a foul throw. When he got a couple of chances to launch the ball into the Spurs penalty box in the second half, one was cleared and the other dropped invitingly to Jansson, but his shot cleared the bar by quite a height. With 63 minutes on the clock, Brentford had their first effort on target when Royal was left on the turf upfield, with play going on and Ivan Toney hit a low shot from just outside the box on the right, but Hugo got down behind it to smother the ball.
When Brentford started to look like they might get back into the game, Spurs struck again. A ball out of defence to Son in the centre circle was deftly touched back to Kane a couple of yards behind him, with it immediately swept out to the left for Reguilon to run onto. In acres of space, he took a touch and then played a square ball across the face of the six-yard box to Son, who ran onto it and side-footed the ball into an open goal. The second goal was a long while coming, but Spurs needed that extra little buffer of it to make the score-line more comfortable.
A double substitution by Thomas Frank included Mathias Jensen as one of them and it was he who put in what was supposed to be a cross that forced Hugo to awkwardly push the ball over the top at his near post. The visitors were looking to make the final 15 minutes more interesting by putting in crosses and corners, which were either blocked or punched away by Lloris, who had worked out the Brentford tactic of surrounding him with giants meant that he wouldn’t be able to come to claim the ball with a catch. Six minutes from the end, Toney got away on their left side and put put a weak shot on goal from a narrow angle, but it almost fooled Lloris, who saved with his foot and then recovered well to grab the ball while it was still in the air. Mbeumo shot over when well placed to the right of the goal 18 yards out, but any pressure the Bees built was often relieved by fouls by their players on our defenders and goalkeeper.
Tottenham finished on the attack, as they had started. Harry Kane sent substitute Japhet Tanganga away, breaking into the box with his shot blocked for a corner by Henry. There was no chance to take it before Moss brought proceedings to a close and a 2-0 win and a clean sheet is more like the Spurs that Conte would like to see.
It wasn’t a game that Brentford will want to remember for too long. They looked disorganised for much of the game and a more clinical Spurs might easily have had five or six goals. For Tottenham the defence was in a good shape and the wing backs got back into a defensive five when Brentford looked to get near the Spurs goal. Skipp and Hojbjerg were both outstanding in midfield, while Son’s and Reguilon’s runs on the left tormented the Brentford defence and Son deserved his goal, with Reguilon’s assist welcome from the good positions he was taking up.
A useful three points that puts us sixth with a game in hand (Burnley away) on the two sides above us, who we could leapfrog if the spare game is won, although we don’t know when that will be and the situation may well have changed by then. Things do look a little rosier, but with a tough December programme ahead, with second bottom but in form Norwich City on Sunday, it will be a tricky few weeks to negotiate and we might have a better idea of where our progress is taking us by the turn of the New Year.
|Newcastle United||1||Norwich City||1|
|Leeds United||1||Crystal Palace||0|
|Manchester United||3||Woolwich Wanderers||2|
|West Ham United London||1||Brighton & Hove Albion||1|
|Aston Villa||1||Manchester City||2|
|South Coast Big Club||2||Leicester City||2|
Premier League Table 2021-22
|4||West Ham United London||14||7||3||4||25||17||24||+8|
|9||Brighton & Hove Albion||14||4||7||3||13||15||19||-2|
|16||South Coast Big Club||14||3||6||5||13||20||15||-7|