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Conte's unbeaten league start continues as Spurs beat Brentford


Brentford's Sergi Canos scores an own goal against Tottenham in the Premier League
Sergio Canos’ own goal was the 25th in the Premier League by a Spanish player

Antonio Conte’s unbeaten league start as Tottenham boss continued as they kept pace with the top four with a comfortable win over a lacklustre Brentford.

A 12th-minute own goal from right wing-back Sergi Canos gave them the lead, before Son Heung-min finished off a scintillating counter-attack in the second half.

The opener came from a Son dinked cross after a short corner, with Pontus Jansson’s clearing header ricocheting off Ben Davies and onto Canos before flying into the roof of the net.

Spurs pressed for more goals, with Son denied from range in the first half, while Harry Kane saw a one-on-one effort well saved by Alvaro Fernandez after the break.

Son got the goal that his performance, and Spurs’ display, deserved when he latched onto Sergio Reguilon’s cross to tap home from six yards.

It was a limp display from Brentford, with their only shot on target in the whole game a tame left-footed effort from Ivan Toney.

Tottenham climb to sixth – two points behind West Ham in fourth – while Brentford slip to 12th.

Spurs showing signs of improvement

After last Thursday’s Europa Conference League defeat against NS Mura Conte said Spurs “have to do better in everything, everything, everything”.

There are signs of that improvement already.

The former Chelsea manager has had a week to work with his team on the training ground after Sunday’s Premier League game at Burnley was postponed because of heavy snow in Lancashire, and despite his animated and at times furious demeanour on the touchline, he will be much happier with his side’s display.

They started brightly with Lucas Moura having a near-post drive tipped wide, before they got a deserved breakthrough, albeit in slightly fortuitous fashion.

A one-goal lead is always precarious, but in this case it could have effectively ended the game.

Brentford had fallen behind in six previous games already this season, and had only recovered to take a point from 18 available in those, while Spurs had won all four of their games in which they had opened the scoring.

Thomas Frank’s team have conceded six goals in the opening 15 minutes so far this campaign – the most in the league – and they toiled hard, but were unable to create any meaningful chances with Bryan Mbeumo’s left-footed volley, that looped wide, their only effort in the first half.

Tottenham deserve credit, though, with a solid defensive shape nullifying any potential threat from the visitors.

Conte’s side lacked energy in the goalless draw at Everton in his first game in charge, before improving as the game wore on in their 2-1 win against Leeds, but this was the best attacking display of his brief reign so far.

Son was fantastic throughout, and was a constant threat on the break, while Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg was excellent in midfield and saw an effort saved before hitting the side-netting in the second half.

Player of the match

Son Heung-MinSon Heung-Min

Brentford

  1. Squad number17Player nameToney

  2. Squad number3Player nameHenry

  3. Squad number40Player nameFernández

  4. Squad number6Player nameNørgaard

  5. Squad number4Player nameGoode

  6. Squad number5Player namePinnock

  7. Squad number19Player nameMbeumo

  8. Squad number27Player nameJanelt

  9. Squad number15Player nameOnyeka

  10. Squad number8Player nameJensen

  11. Squad number7Player nameCanós

  12. Squad number26Player nameBaptiste

  13. Squad number11Player nameWissa

  14. Squad number18Player nameJansson

Line-ups

Tottenham

Formation 3-4-2-1

  • 1Lloris
  • 6D Sánchez
  • 15Dier
  • 33Davies
  • 12Leite de Souza JuniorSubstituted forTangangaat 83′minutes
  • 29Skipp
  • 5Højbjerg
  • 3Reguilón
  • 27Lucas MouraSubstituted forWinksat 77′minutes
  • 7Son Heung-MinSubstituted forBergwijnat 87′minutes
  • 10Kane

Substitutes

  • 2Doherty
  • 8Winks
  • 11Gil
  • 19R Sessegnon
  • 20Alli
  • 22Gollini
  • 23Bergwijn
  • 25Tanganga
  • 28Ndombele

Brentford

Formation 3-5-2

  • 40Fernández
  • 4Goode
  • 18Jansson
  • 5Pinnock
  • 7CanósSubstituted forWissaat 70′minutes
  • 15OnyekaSubstituted forBaptisteat 56′minutes
  • 6Nørgaard
  • 27JaneltSubstituted forJensenat 70′minutes
  • 3Henry
  • 17Toney
  • 19Mbeumo

Substitutes

  • 8Jensen
  • 9Forss
  • 11Wissa
  • 14Ghoddos
  • 26Baptiste
  • 30Roerslev
  • 33Maghoma
  • 36Stevens
  • 41Cox

Referee:
Jonathan Moss

Attendance:
54,202

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