‘Well done my Son’ - Spurs and Brentford player ratings…
Tottenham Hotspur came out on top in Thursday’s London derby against Brentford, securing a comfortable 2-0 home win.
Spurs took the lead thanks to a Sergi Canos own goal, and there were then signs that Antonio Conte is starting to impose his style on his team as wing-back Sergio Reguilon set up Son Heung-min for the second strike.
The Lilywhites are back in the top-four hunt, while Brentford will dust themselves off and prepare for Sunday’s trip to Leeds.
Here’s how our reporter Ben Pearce rated the individual displays.
Hugo Lloris 7
Didn’t have many shots to save but had to deal with a number of aerial assaults and did so commandingly.
Davinson Sanchez 7
Had some awkward moments against Ivan Toney but passed the test.
Eric Dier 7
Got himself into good positions to stop Brentford scoring from crosses, both on the ground and in the air.
Ben Davies 7
Forced the own goal that opened the scoring and defended well on the left side of the back three.
Emerson Royal 7
Had a good duel with opposing wing-back Rico Henry, who had scored in two of his previous three matches. Going forward, the Brazilian was less effective than Reguilon and missed a good opportunity to find an unmarked Son, playing his cross behind the South Korean.
Oliver Skipp 7
Protected the defence well, snapping into tackles, and when he had the ball he moved it quickly while looking for an incisive pass whenever possible. He deserved an assist for his through ball to Harry Kane, who was denied by the goalkeeper.
Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg 7
Broke up play effectively and had two close-range chances to score for the second game in a row. A first-half shot from a tight angle was well saved, and the Dane was then unable to wrap his foot around the ball when a low cross found him in the second half - he shot wide of a gaping net.
Sergio Reguilon 9
This is the kind of performance Conte will want to see from his wing-backs on a regular basis. Reguilon made well-timed runs in behind Brentford’s defence from the start and put the ball on a plate for Son for the second goal. If he maintains that kind of end product in the final third, he will be a big hit under Spurs’ new head coach.
Lucas Moura 6
Forced an early save at the near post but his goal threat faded. He played his part but was outshone by other team-mates and was the first Spurs player to be substituted.
Son Heung-min 9
Easily his best display so far under Conte, with a goal and an assist. The South Korean was a threat on the left flank early on, providing the cross for the opening goal, and he then grew in influence through the middle. A low shot was well saved, and he then arrived at the back post to double Spurs’ lead. Son worked hard off the ball too, closing down Charlie Goode relentlessly.
Harry Kane 7
He was close to having a big night. Kane played Lucas in on goal early on and should have scored both when he was played through 1v1 himself after half-time and when the resulting corner arrived on his head. He produced a chance for Hojbjerg too with a low cross. The goals and assists are coming.
Substitutes: Harry Winks 6, Japhet Tanganga 6, Steven Bergwijn 6
Alvaro Fernandez 7
Beaten twice but he couldn’t do much about either goal, and he made fine saves from Lucas, Son, Hojbjerg and Kane.
Ethan Pinnock 5
No glaring errors but also missing for the goals.
Pontus Jansson 5
Won the aerial duels with Kane on the halfway line but needed to do better for the first goal as his header hit Canos and rebounded into the net.
Charlie Goode 5
Made a good early tackle on Kane when exposed 1v1 in the box but both of Spurs’ goals came down his side of the pitch and, in possession, he wanted more time than he was given by Son.
Sergi Canos 5
While he was unfortunate to score the own goal as the ball cannoned into him at close range, he too struggled against Reguilon and Son, and his crossing was not the best.
Frank Onyeka 5
Battled hard but Brentford lost the midfield battle.
Christian Norgaard 5
Produced some nice touches but was outclassed by his opposite numbers in the centre.
Vitaly Janelt 5
There was an element of ‘hit and hope’ about some of his passes, rather than anything purposeful.
Rico Henry 5
Struggled to provide the attacking threat that had been so valuable in previous matches.
Ivan Toney 5
A handful up front, winning high balls and doing his best to provide a platform for attacks, but he never looked like scoring.
Bryan Mbeumo 5
Tried an ambitious first-half volley which flew wide but was otherwise on the fringes. When he had two identical chances to run at Spurs’ defence on the break late in the first half, he gave the ball away tamely both times.
Substitutes: Shandon Baptiste 5, Yoane Wissa 5, Mathias Jensen 5