Tottenham Hotspur 2, Brentford 0

Just when we thought the Bees had overcome their drop in form, Spurs handed out a salutary lesson while proving that new Italian manager Antonio Conte fully deserves his stellar reputation.

Thomas Frank fielded the same starting line-up as that which saw off Everton just four days previously, and they again looked handy enough during the exchange of opening salvos. But after only 12 minutes an unruly visiting defence rapidly became chaotic, with the ball ending up in the net, don’t know how, don’t know why! The live TV coverage soon revealed that Pontus Jansson’s headed attempted clearance had cannoned from Sergi Canos’s head to speed past keeper Alvaro Fernández.

It may have been that Spurs’ stroke of fortune, by no means unwarranted, deflated Brentford’s ambition. Certainly, as the game progressed they made little headway against a team that gained in confidence.

Images above: Brentford V Tottenham Hotspur on 2 December (Photos via Brenford FC)

Into the second period and Tottenham seemed to move up a gear. Fernández made one spectacular save, for which we were truly grateful, but his distribution was poor, with some of his kicked clearances reminiscent of Hackney Marshes. There seemed to be a timidity about much of Brentford’s work, although not in the case of Ivan Toney – he doesn’t do timidity, or nervousness come to that.

A splendid goal on the break settled the outcome, with Sergio Reguilón collecting from Harry Kane and settling off on a run that took him wide of the Bees’ defence before slotting a perfect cross that the unmarked Son Heung-Min despatched with the minimum of fuss.

Oh well. You can’t win ‘em all, I said to my mate Charlie.

‘Why not? Said Charlie.

Tottenham: Lloris; D Sánchez, Dier, Davies; Leite de Souza Jr (substitute Tanganga), Skipp, Højbjerg, Reguilón; Lucas Moura (sub Winks); Son Heung-Min (sub Bergwijn); Kane.

Brentford:  Fernández; Goode, Jansson, Pinnock; Canós (sub Wissa), Onyeka (sub Baptiste), Nørgaard, Janelt (sub Jensen), Henry); Mbeumo, Toney.

Bill Hagerty is a contributing editor of the Bees United supporters’ group