Antonio Conte was pleased with how his side created chances and scored goals against Brentford this afternoon, but was far from impressed with conceding first once again.
Tottenham were finally back in action this afternoon after more than a month away due to the Qatar World Cup, and they fought back from two goals down to draw 2-2 away to Brentford.
Spurs started the match in London as they have started most matches this season, slow, sluggish, and devoid of any attacking flair. It was no surprise to see the home side race into a two-goal lead after the 54th minute.
With Harry Kane having been denied what seemed like a stone-wall penalty minutes before Ivan Toney made it two, it seemed like it simply wouldn’t be Tottenham’s day.
But the Spurs captain for the today guided home a beautiful header just ten minutes later to bring the Lilywhites back into the match, before Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg curled home a delightful finish in the box to equalise after 71 minutes.
Tottenham bossed the final 20 minutes of the game and knocked on the door of a winner, with Kane even flicking a header onto the bar, but it was not to be.
Antonio Conte said (Football London): “For the people that today watched the game that are not watching Tottenham for the first time it’s another exciting game.
“In one side I have to be happy because of the way we played in the second half, the energy, desire and intensity and when you play like this you create problems.
“On the other side, this is now nine games in a row we concede the first goal. It’s important to be stable for a team that wants to try to stay in a good position in the table. To concede for many goals the first goal or two goals, we have to make good reflections. We have to find solutions.
“For me, this is the first time in my career to concede nine games in a row. They showed great character but we have to start in this way. In our mind was so and we didn’t want that.
“A difficult team and they drew against Chelsea, beat City. It’s not easy to press them because they can hit it long and Toney is very good. I want to underline how good they are but we could have won.”
Spurs Web Opinion:
Looking at the first-half performance against the second-half performance (as we have done so often this season), a draw seemed fair enough. Seeing Kane’s header come back off the crossbar was heartbreaking though, both for Tottenham’s chances of winning and Kane’s own morale.
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