Heung-Min Son lifts Conte spirit as Tottenham ease past Brentford

Mueez Ajao

– Tottenham Hotspur moved up to sixth in the Premier League with a 2-0 win over Brentford in north London on Thursday night.

– Spurs took the lead just past the 10-minute mark when a dangerous Son Heung-Min cross deflected off Bretford’s Sergi Canos into the net for an own goal.

– Brentford’s Alvaro Fernandez did well to block a Harry Kane strike early in the second half after the Tottenham captain had broken in behind the defence and ran onto a through ball with only the keeper to beat.

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– Tottenham doubled their lead in the 65th minute on a quick-hitting counter-attack when Sergio Reguilon picked out Son at the back post for the easiest of finishes into an open net.

– A week after an embarrassing Europa Conference League group stage defeat at Slovenian minnows NS Mura and four days after a fruitless trip to Burnley for a game that was postponed due to snow, Spurs produced their best 90 minutes under Conte so far.

– A high-tempo display against Thomas Frank’s team should have brought more goals, but it was a satisfactory night for Tottenham even though Kane’s league scoring struggles continue.

– Antonio Conte’s side are now within reach of the top four after taking 22 points from 13 matches, while Brentford sit in 12th with 16 points in 14 games.