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.
- 6D Sánchez
- 12Leite de Souza JuniorSubstituted forTangangaat 83′minutes
- 27Lucas MouraSubstituted forWinksat 77′minutes
- 7Son Heung-MinSubstituted forBergwijnat 87′minutes
- 19R Sessegnon
- 7CanósSubstituted forWissaat 70′minutes
- 15OnyekaSubstituted forBaptisteat 56′minutes
- 27JaneltSubstituted forJensenat 70′minutes
- Jonathan Moss
Match ends, Tottenham Hotspur 2, Brentford 0.
Second Half ends, Tottenham Hotspur 2, Brentford 0.
Corner, Tottenham Hotspur. Conceded by Rico Henry.
Attempt blocked. Japhet Tanganga (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Harry Kane.
Rico Henry (Brentford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Pierre-Emile Højbjerg (Tottenham Hotspur).
Foul by Christian Nørgaard (Brentford).
Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Ivan Toney (Brentford).
Hugo Lloris (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Ivan Toney (Brentford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Harry Winks (Tottenham Hotspur).
Attempt missed. Bryan Mbeumo (Brentford) left footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Ivan Toney.
Substitution, Tottenham Hotspur. Steven Bergwijn replaces Son Heung-Min.
Foul by Bryan Mbeumo (Brentford).
Son Heung-Min (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Corner, Brentford. Conceded by Eric Dier.
Attempt saved. Ivan Toney (Brentford) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Christian Nørgaard with a through ball.
Substitution, Tottenham Hotspur. Japhet Tanganga replaces Emerson Royal.
Shandon Baptiste (Brentford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
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