A 72-second surge from Tottenham at the start of the second half swung a feisty London derby with Brentford in their favour and the 3-2 win sent Spurs into the Premier League top four.
Brentford had battled their way into a deserved lead at the break, with Tottenham’s chief tormentor Neal Maupay bundling in his fourth goal in four games, in between picking scuffles with Richarlison and Cristian Romero. He played up to his role as pantomime villain by marking his goal with James Maddison’s darts-throwing celebration.
Tottenham were repeatedly cut open by their visitors during that opening 45 – but a double change from Ange Postecoglou at the break helped inspire a remarkable turnaround. Within four minutes of the restart Destiny Udogie had fired home from close range and sub Brennan Johnson slid in after Timo Werner burst down the left.
Maddison – making his first start since November – was involved in the third, with Richarlison converting from the playmaker’s blocked shot and the darts celebration was reclaimed by the Brazilian.
Ivan Toney ensured Brentford didn’t go down tamely, thumping in after Udogie’s bad back pass came to him and Shandon Baptiste then saw a volley tipped over the bar in injury-time. But defeat means the Bees stay 15th, four points above the relegation zone after losing eight of their last 10 games in the league.
More to follow.
Tottenham travel to Goodison Park to face Everton on Saturday; kick-off 12.30pm.
Meanwhile, Brentford host Man City on Monday Night Football, live on Sky Sports; kick-off 8pm.