PLAYER RATINGS: Timo Werner enjoys his best game in a Tottenham shirt so far with TWO assists during win over Brentford, while Destiny Udogie puts in a Jeykll and Hyde display
- Tottenham secured a 3-2 win over Brentford in an entertaining clash in London
- Timo Werner stood out with two assists while Destiny Udogie had a mixed game
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Tottenham fought back from a goal down against the Bees to claim a nervy and hard-fought 3-2 win over Brentford on Wednesday night.
Spurs started brightly but were caught out by a number of Brentford counter-attacks and eventually one of them told when Neal Maupay headed home after Vicario deflected the ball at his feet.
Tottenham had a sloppy first half but made a blistering start to the second when Destiny Udogie collected a Timo Werner pass inside the box before hitting back to equalise.
Werner produced his second assist of the game moments later to turn the game on its head when he brought a ball to the far post for substitute Brennan Johnson to tap home – before Richarlison made it three.
Udogie’s poor rebound then allowed Ivan Toney to pull one back to secure a tense finish – but Ange Postecoglou’s men held on to secure a much-needed win that moves them into the top four.
Mail Sport’s Matt Barlow was on hand at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium to assess the performances of the Spurs players.
Tottenham managed a nervy win over Brentford after dropping a goal on Wednesday night
GUGLIEMO VICARIO – 7
Made some smart stops to keep Brentford at bay. Unfortunate to concede the two goals after poor mistakes to let the Bees in.
PEDRO PORRO – 6
Not his attacking best but kept things solid defensively and made some good runs. Always looking to take shots and be a threat.
CHRISTIAN ROMERO – 6.5
Made some timely interventions at key moments when Brentford were threatening. His presence is huge for Spurs.
Cristian Romero was a vital presence in defense and could do little about the two goals Spurs conceded
MICKY VAN DE VEN – 6.5
Showed his importance in mopping up danger during a handful of Brentford counter-attacks. Dragusin may struggle to break his partnership with Romero.
DESTINY UDOGY – 7
A real Jekyl and Hyde display from the left-back – who was crucial to everything Spurs did going forward and took his goal well – but he was also at fault for both of Brentford’s goals!
Excellent season for him, but needs to cut out the mistakes.
Excellent going forward but suspect defensively – a real Jekyll and Hyde performance from Udogie
OLIVER SKIPP – 6
Had a very solid first half and got things ticking in a difficult period for Spurs, but Postecoglou decided to switch him for Hojbjerg to cause a momentum change. It felt harsh for the midfielder.
RODRIGO BENTANCUR – 6
Like Skipp, he was also stuck at halftime. An underwhelming first period for the Uruguayan, who was not his usual self with some ill-timed passes. Postecoglou’s decision to tackle Brennan Johnson was well justified.
DEJAN KULUSEVSKI – 7
Dangerous. He brought the energy with some excellent marauding runs down that right flank and brought in some great deliveries that cut onto his left foot.
JAMES MADDISON – 6.5
No surprises, he was a little rusty in his first start in three months – especially in such a compelling game. But he could still have an impact with his creativity and passing to set the pace. Need more time before we see the best of him.
There’s no doubt Maddison was rusty after his first start in three months, but he was still a threat
TIMO WERNER – 8
His best game in a Tottenham shirt. Slow in the first half but still caused problems with his pace. He stepped it up in a big way in the second before providing two assists for Udogie and Johnson.
He now has as many assists in three games as Trent Alexander-Arnold and Bruno Fernandes combined all season.
RICHARLISON – 7
The Brazilian continues to make progress up front as he replaces Son Heung-min. His hold up play was excellent and was a constant attacking threat before his well taken goal to make it 3-1.
Timo Werner overcame a quiet first half to produce his best performance in a Spurs shirt to date – with two assists
Richarlison continued his strong performances in front of goal in Son Heung-min’s absence
BRENNAN JOHNSON (45 for Bentancur) – 7
Just what you want from an attacking substitute. He scored on his first action of the second half and gave Spurs much-needed impetus to turn the game around.
PIERRE-EMILE HOJBJERG (45 for Skipp) – 7
Much improved from a poor performance against Man City. Had a point to prove after coming on and putting in a solid performance – sitting deep and breaking up play.
RADU DRAGUSIN (88 for Maddison) – N/A
JAMIE DONLEY (90+2 for Werner) – N/A
Brennan Johnson provided great attacking impetus from the bench and took his goal well
ANGE POSTECOGLOU – 7.5
He had to rally the troops at half time and it paid off. Maddison said how the Australian told his players that once the first went in, the rest would follow and so it came true.
The Australian is great at identifying a problem and motivating his players to act.
Ange Postecoglou had to rally the troops after trailing 1-0 at half-time – and it paid off as he inspired his side to score three second-half goals