Opinion: Our match report from Tottenham 2-0 Brentford – Skippy shines

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Heung-min Son
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Tottenham Hotspur made it back-to-back wins in the Premier League this evening and continue to be unbeaten domestically under Antonio Conte. 

The Lilywhites ran away 2-0 winners against Brentford in yet another London Derby, showing off more of that classic Conte high-press wing-back play.

While Tottenham started the match against Leeds United slower than a fork lift in reverse, Conte’s men came out the traps fast and fighting this evening in North London.

The wing-backs were camped in the opposition half, rather than sitting in a flat back five, allowing Spurs to push from the front, force mistakes, and make things happen.

As such, the home crowd were treated to an early goal when Heung-min Son whipped in a delicious cross, only for a Burnley defender to head it onto his teammate and into the net.

An own goal is not what Spurs would have been dreaming of at kick-off, but for a side struggling to create chances, they would certainly take what they could yet.

For the rest of the half, Tottenham simultaneously pushed for the second and limited Brentford to scraps on the break, however, they couldn’t quite find that killer chance.

Conte kept the same XI on the pitch in the second half and it was more of the same story, albeit with Brentford coming out and showing a little more fight.

Harry Kane missed a decent chance that, at any other time, he may have put away easily – but Tottenham were certainly knocking on the door for the second and likely the game-ender.

That finally came in the 65th minute when that man turned creator, collecting the ball in the Brentford half before waiting patiently for Reguilon to burst into the perfect position.

Kane weighted the ball expertly into his path, leaving the left-wing-back with the simple task to square the ball to Son and make it 2-0 with a tap-in into an unguarded net.

Brentford enjoyed their periods of dominance in the second half, but Tottenham’s defending was almost as impressive as their attacking work throughout the game, earning every bit of that valuable clean sheet.

However, it wasn’t a defender or an attacker that stole the show for the Lilywhites, but academy graduate Oliver Skipp in the engine room.

Despite playing in a midfield with one fewer player compared to Brentford, Skipp ran the show with his tireless efforts. Not only did he continuously win the ball back, but he used it positive to start new attacks.

The youngster really does seem to have a bit of everything, which in turn frees up Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg to regularly join the attack, safe in the knowledge that Skipp has things locked up behind him.

Superb wing-back play. High pressing. High energy. High work-rate. Lots of chances. Two goals. A clean sheet masterminded by Eric Dier. What more could the Spurs fans ask for?

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