Tottenham boost top-four aspirations with routine win over Brentford

Tottenham got back into the race for the top four with a 2-0 win over Brentford extending their Premier League unbeaten record under Antonio Conte.

An own goal in the first half from Sergi Canos and a strike from Son Heung-min in the second half secured the victory that put them in the top six, just two points behind West Ham with one game down.

Conte said Spurs’ job was their biggest challenge, but with two wins and a draw in his three games in charge, things are starting to improve.

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Harry Kane’s struggles in front of goal for Tottenham continued (John Walton / PA)

The England captain has only scored one goal in 12 Premier League games this term and once again wasted a chance he should have scored.

Brentford, who had taken points from Liverpool and Arsenal this season, have never really been in the game and have lost five of their last seven league games.

After Sunday’s trip to Burnley was called off an hour before kick-off due to heavy snowfall in Lancashire, Spurs had cooked for a week on the embarrassing Europa League loss to Slovenian minnows NS Mura.

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Tottenham took the lead thanks to an own goal against Sergio Canos (John Walton / PA)

It didn’t take long for them to break the deadlock, although there was some fortune at stake.

Son sent a nasty cross after a short corner that Pontus Jansson directed at teammate Canos and the ball flew into the net.

Tottenham continued to watch the most menacing team and only a nice save from Fernandez, who had a strong hand on Son’s 20-yard shot, kept them from extending the lead.

The Bees’ keeper was also busy from the resulting corner blocking Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg’s shot from the face.

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Son Heung-min scored Tottenham’s second goal (John Walton / PA)

The second important goal finally came in the 65th minute, thanks to a lightning fast counterattack.

Kane sent Sergio Reguilon for free to the left and his ball through the goal was perfect for Son to score his first goal since mid-October.

It was his 75th Premier League goal for Spurs and it killed the game.

Brentford looked for a way back and Ivan Toney forced Hugo Lloris to stop with his feet, but Conte’s team saw it with ease.

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