GOAL-SHY Spurs have finally found some pride in London to show Antonio Conte that this probably won’t be his biggest test.
The shell-shocked Italian no longer wondered what he had gotten himself into when his team was humiliated by the bottom side in Europe’s lowest division competition last week.
But their first two-goal win in the Premier League of the season suggests that perhaps things aren’t quite as bad as they seem.
However, it still needs help from Brentford defender Sergi Canos to help Spurs end a streak of five consecutive defeats in derbies.
And it was only when Heung Min-Son struck midway through the second half that Conte could really relax.
So with the benefit of insight, maybe it’s a good thing for the new boss that Sunday’s trip to Burnley has snowed.
Because it allows him a few extra days on the training ground to take last week’s Europa Conference League humiliation out of the system.
That shock loss to NS Mura really opened the eyes of the new coach, who perhaps didn’t really appreciate the scale of the job he was taking on before.
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Only three members of that Slovenian horror show survived Brentford’s visit as Conte made it clear he would not accept a similar performance from his underperforming players.
And there is certainly a real intensity and sense of purpose as Tottenham set out to beat their power in this game from the start.
Lucas Moura made a clever sixth-minute save from Alvaro Fernandez after being brought on by Harry Kane.
And as Kane shaped to break into the box, it took Charlie Goode a few vigilance to stop the threat.
The visitors are struggling to cope as Conte slyly urges the whole team from his technical area.
No team in the Premier League has conceded a goal earlier than Brentford, so it’s no surprise they were broken again after just 13 minutes.
Son swapped a pass with Sergio Reguilon on a well-practised short corner then edged past Rico Henry into the danger zone.
Pontus Jansson was the first to get the ball, but his save shot hit Canos’ forehead and flew past Fernandez.
Ben Davies whirled around trying to score as he was snubbed by teammates but it was clearly an own goal by the Brentford full-back.
Bryan Mbuemo quickly threatened to hit back with a sinking volley from the edge of the penalty area that made Hugo Lloris momentarily nervous.
But the rookies of the Premier League are having difficulty holding the ball stably and are always weak against Tottenham’s counter-attacks.
They were lucky not to fall behind in the 36th minute when Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg’s header sent Son over the back line to make a shot that Fenandez well executed to head close in.
The young Spaniard actually made a brilliant save to keep Spurs at bay and a few seconds later was confronted by a full Hojbjerg stab from close range.
So perhaps his brain was still jumbled as he made a complete hash of another Son corner and thankfully Davinson Sanchez was unable to swing the shot home in the game. chaos afterwards.
Conte may be pleased with the way his side controlled the first half but could not be satisfied with their failure to put the game to bed.
He knows Tottenham will need to be far more ruthless in the coming months if they are to achieve all of his ambitions in North London.
Kane turned down another chance when he shot too close to Fernandez after being put on by Oliver Skipp and then hit Hojbjerg in the face only to fail to convert from a tight angle.
But in recognition of Tottenham’s merits, they did not stop pressing forward when looking to turn the situation around in Brentford’s rickety defence.
And their reward finally came in the 65th minute when Kane let Reguilon run down the left flank to make a simple touchdown for the Grateful Son.
Somehow, only God knows how, Spurs suddenly rose to sixth in the rankings and not quite the joke they came out with just a week ago.
And with Norwich struggling next at Lane on Sunday, it’s not too far-fetched to think Conte could knock on the top four by Christmas.
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https://www.the-sun.com/sport/premier-league/4194185/tottenham-brentford-premier-league-match-report/ Son’s strike and Canos’ own own goal gave Antonio Conte a second straight win over Prem