Burton versus Tottenham – As the Premier League surged back to life on Boxing Day, Harry Kane overcame any World Cup hangover to lead a Tottenham comeback in an enthralling 2-2 draw away at Brentford. The Bees went up 2-0 early on thanks to goals from Vitaly Janelt and Ivan Toney, but Spurs have a tendency of playing their best football when they are down, and this was once again the case.
Kane gave his team a lifeline by scoring in the 65th minute after his failed penalty gave England a quarterfinal loss to France little over two weeks prior. After Kane’s header against the crossbar, Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, one of five Tottenham starters who competed in the World Cup, leveled the score.
Prior to the rest of the day’s games, Tottenham is in fourth place with 30 points while Brentford is in ninth place.
Toney delivered a performance that supported Thomas Frank’s assessment of his center-forward as having a “great character” before the game. Japhet Tanganga, whose unusual start was mercifully cut short by Antonio Conte, was the target of particular bullying during the whole Tottenham match. Cristian Romero won’t be worried about his position while he’s enjoying the World Cup’s success.
Toney soared over Tanganga after fifteen minutes to turn on for Bryan Mbuemo. His cross was met by Mathias Jensen’s volley, which, if Clément Lenglet hadn’t deflected it, would not have concerned Fraser Forster. Hugo Lloris was on the bench when Forster was given his league debut, and he could do nothing except palm the ball straight to Janelt, who scored the game’s first goal.
Shortly before halftime, Toney scored, but the flag was rightfully raised after he calmly completed after around Forster. However, he did not have to wait very long to achieve his desired outcome. Ten minutes after the half, Christian Nrgaard flicked on Mbuemo’s inswinging corner at the near post, and Toney scored.
Conte was clearly irritated, but his team’s sluggish performance didn’t call for anything better. Up until he essentially begged David Coote for a penalty early in the second half, Kane was essentially invisible. He had a struggle with Ben Mee at the far post, but Coote’s original assessment was supported by a VAR check. Almost immediately, Eric Dier botched a clearance, allowing Brentford to score their second goal from a corner, and Conte sat down.