Tottenham was dealt another blow to their top-four hopes as Brentford produced one of the close football scores of the weekend in the Premier League. It was the second match in succession where the North London side failed to register a single shot on target. Ivan Toney came the closest for the visitors when he hit the woodwork in the 18th minute and the first minute of second-half stoppage time.
Brentford head coach Thomas Frank: “[Eriksen] is obviously fantastic. I think we are all happy he is playing football again and he’s enjoying it. You can see him playing with a smile. He played a good game today but I would say I think it was the whole team. I think against a full-strength Tottenham side and we have a lot of injuries and we had to move players around. [We were] without our normal two center-backs, normal wing-back and normal number six – one of our most consistent players in Christian Norgaard – we kept Tottenham to more-or-less nothing. The front two of Harry Kane and [Heung-Min] Son, the most dangerous in the Premier League, were kept very quiet. Plus, we were good on the ball and we created chances. I think it’s an extremely impressive [performance].”
Tottenham head coach Antonio Conte: “It was a tough game. For sure, it was very difficult. They are a very physical team and they tried to exploit set pieces in a very dangerous way. I think defensively we were good but at the same time, I think we can do much better with the ball to create more chances to score. The intensity was very high and there were many tackles but we knew what type of game we were coming to play. It’s a draw and I think it’s important when you cannot win, you take one point, and we did that.”
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