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  • Writer's pictureBy Paul Lagan

Spurs fatally stung by rampant Bees 1-3 in final home game of the season


By Paul Lagan at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium


Spurs 1 v Brentford 3

Boos followed cries of ‘Daniel Levy, get out of our club’ that echoed throughout the stadium at the end of the final home match for Spurs that saw a 1-0 first half lead evaporate in front of their eyes, and they were comfortably beaten 1-3 by a highly-disciplined, more than competent Brentford this afternoon.

Spurs crash to seventh in the league, as their season falls apart in even more in worrying circumstances.

One game remains and they could conceivable drop even further to ninth by the end of this term.

The future of Harry Kane and several others will be the talk of the fans in the summer, while caretaker Ryan Mason will have learned so much from his stint in the hot seat.

While Spurs dominated the opening minutes, it was the Bees who had the first chance when they broke free on four minutes - Bryson Mbeumo skied the ball over Fraser Forster’s crossbar.

But with their first attempt of note on target, on eight minutes, they scored. And it came from a wonder free-kick, 25 yards out.

Delan Kulusevski, touched the ball to Harry Kane’s right, and the England international produced a first-class curler of a shot that gave David Raya no chance, as the ball soared into the top left-hand corner of his goal.

Heung-Min Song broke free on the left on 12 minutes, raced into the Bees penalty area, but his left-footed shot, while on target, went straight into the perfectly-positioned Raya grasp.

A fine counter-attack by Spurs saw Son produce a deep byline cross which was met by Emerson Royal. But Rico Henry was on hand, and on the goal-line to head the ball away to safety.

Brentford had a shout for a penalty waved away by referee Jarred Gillet when Mbeumo hit the deck on 40 minutes.

There was no VAR intervention. A quick break, a minute later, saw a clipped header by Arnaut Danjuma inch wide of goal.

Yves Bissouma was rightly given a yellow card for a needless challenge minutes from the break for a needless hack down on Yoane Wissa.

Spurs made no changes at half time, while Thomas Frank replaced Frank Onyeka with Mikel Damsgaard.

Brentford were quick out the blocks and within five minutes, they were level.

A wonderful left-footed low, curler from the edge of the area by Mbeumo gave the outstretched arm of Forster no chance.

Mbeumo had a venomous shot, on target on 57 minutes, but it went straight into the midriff of Forster.

The turnaround was complete on 62 minutes when a defence-splitter by Henry on the right, found Mbeumo who outpaced Ben Davies. He cut inside and cooly slotted home a wonderful left-footer that was stroked perfectly into the far corner of Forster’s goal.

Caretaker boss Ryan Mason brought in Lucas Moura, a player leaving the club for Danjuma on 65 minutes.

Mathias Jensen was next to leave the pitch for Brentford, Shannon Baptiste replaced him on 72 minutes.

Richarlison was next on for Spurs, Dejan Kulusevski made way.

Also on came Pedro Porro for Emerson Royal - both on 75 minutes.

Then it was Brentford’s turn again, with Mathias Jorgensen coming on for Kevin Schade on 78 minutes.

Then it was Spurs’ turn, Ivan Perisic took Davies place with five minutes left on the clock.

The changes worked for the visitors, who, with two minutes left on the clock, scored the third goal.

Terrible defending saw the Bees win the ball on the edge of the Spurs area, the ball was knocked easily to Wissa, who tucked the ball home with aplomb.

A couple of fine saves by Raya denied Richarlison and a Spurs comeback and the Bees head back to west London with a smile on their faces, three points and the knowledge they have ended any Champions League outings for Spurs next season.


Teams: Spurs, Forster, Skipp, Sanchez, Son, Kane, Royal, Danjuma, Kulusevski, Davies, Lenglet, Bissouma

Subs: Austin, Richarlison, Perisic, Dier, Porro, Tanganga, Moura, Sarr, Craig


Brentford: Raya, Hickey, Henry, Pinnock, Jensen, Schade, Wissa, Onyeka, Mee, Mbeumo, Janelt

Subs: Strakosha, Dasilva, Jorgensen, Ghoddos, Ajer, Damsgaard, Baptiste, Roerslev, Trevithick

Referee Jarred Gillet

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