Tottenham Hotspur returned to the Premier League top four with a thrilling and at times frantic home win against Brentford
The visitors lead at halftime at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium thanks to a scrambling Neal Maupay finish.
Tottenham, on the other hand, blitzed the Bees, scoring three goals in eight minutes after the break via Destiny Udogie, Brennan Johnson, and Richarlison.
Ivan Toney pulled one back after a poor Udogie backpass, but Spurs held on to win and return to the top four for the first time in 2024, after Ange Postecoglou’s team crashed out of the Champions League after a 4-2 loss to Brighton on December 28.
It was a fast-paced encounter with 28 shots between the two teams, with Spurs getting into scraps with Brentford in the first half before pulling away in the second with an early blitz.
“It’s a young, maturing team,” Postecoglou told BBC Sport. “Friday [the FA Cup defeat by Manchester City] showed we have a long way to go and tonight was another test. Arguing with the opponents isn’t going to help us.”
Spurs dominated the first half of the game, but their high defensive line was exposed when Toney was played through. His attempt was saved by Gigi Vicario, but Maupay capitalised on the rebound.
The Frenchman kicked the ball against his standing foot, but it bounced into the corner, giving Maupay his fourth goal in a row.
Spurs, on the other hand, came out strong after the break, scoring three goals in eight minutes. First, Udogie sprinted forward from left back, exchanging passes with Timo Werner before finishing on the second attempt after his first effort was blocked.
73 seconds later, Werner sent another low cross from the left, which Johnson converted from close range with only his second touch after coming on as a half-time substitute, before Richarlison completed the goal rush with a follow-up after Maddison’s effort was deflected.
Richarlison now has seven league goals in his last seven games, one more than he had in his previous 47 top-flight appearances.
Spurs allowed Brentford back into the game in bizarre circumstances, with Udogie playing a backpass straight to Toney, who calmly slid the ball past Vicario for his second goal in as many games after returning from an eight-month exile for betting offences.
Brentford were unable to produce an equaliser and remain 15th, only four points above the relegation zone.