Second half comeback saves Spurs draw at Brentford
Tottenham Hotspur came back from two goals down in the second half to earn a deserved point away from Brentford as the Premier League resumed on Boxing Day.
Vitaly Janelt and Ivan Toney had given the home side a deserved 2-0 lead, but Antonio Conte’s men again showed their resilience to claw their way back into the game.
Kane bounces back with purpose
Harry Kane put his World Cup disappointment behind him and scored a brilliant header in the 65e a minute before Pierre Emile Hojbjerg secured the comeback with a nice shot six minutes later.
Tottenham could have won the game if Kane hadn’t hit the post late, with the Brentford goalkeeper brilliantly deflecting Heung Min Son as the home side held onto a draw.
A great counter-attack in the 15e saw Christian Norgaard’s volley cleverly saved by Tottenham keeper Fraser Forster, but it was Janelt who fired the rebound into an empty net to put Brentford into an early lead.
Toney has a goal disallowed
The hosts were the better side and an Ivan Toney goal was ruled out for offside by VAR in the 43ed minute. Spurs looked sluggish with the majority of their players struggling to gain a foothold in the game.
The Bees were lucky to escape a penalty in the 52nd minute when Ben Mee appeared to have sidestepped Kane, but the referee waved on.
Two minutes later, Toney doubled the lead from three yards out after Bryan Mbeumo’s swinging corner kick was headed over the target by Norgaard.
It didn’t look like the Spurs afternoon, but Kane’s emphatic header 13 minutes later narrowed the deficit for the away side.
Clement Lenglet’s curling cross from the left saw Kane rise highest to guide the ball to goal, allowing Spurs to get back into play.
Six minutes later, Dejan Kulusevski slid into a cut that bounced off Mee into the path of Hojberg, who took a touch and slid home to restore parity.
Harry Kane may have thought he had completed the Spurs comeback in the 84e minute, but his header hit the post. Toney also had a late chance a minute later, but his volley hit the crossbar from 6 yards out as the game ended 2-2.
A draw seemed like a fair result, but Brentford manager Thomas Frank felt his side had done enough to take three points.
They threatened when it was 2-2, but after 90 minutes I think we deserved the win. It is a very good performance and we are disappointed [not to win].”
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