Tottenham go fourth with comeback win against Brentford


Shaka: Tottenham win over Brentford shows growth under Postecoglou

Shaka Hislop reacts to Tottenham's gritty 3-2 home win over Brentford to move into fourth place in the Premier League.

Tottenham Hotspur climbed to fourth place in the Premier League as a second-half broadside fired them to a 3-2 home victory against struggling Brentford on Wednesday.

Neal Maupay prodded a lively Brentford into an early lead and Tottenham were ragged before halftime but they responded after the break with Destiny Udogie, Brennan Johnson and Richarlison all scoring in a devastating eight-minute spell.

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Sensational going forward, Tottenham left back Udogie's defending was less impressive and his mistake allowed Ivan Toney to halve the deficit with plenty of time left.

Chances were created at both ends in the closing stages of an absorbing contest and Tottenham were indebted to a superb stoppage-time save by Guglielmo Vicario to secure a fourth successive home league win.

Ange Postecoglou's side moved above Aston Villa on goals scored with both clubs on 43 points from 22 games, three points behind third-placed Arsenal.

Brentford's sixth defeat in seven league games left them only four points above the relegation zone, although their display augurs well for their survival hopes.

Tottenham's performance typified their approach under Postecoglou -- swashbuckling in attack, but capable of self-destruction at times at the other end.

They dominated the early exchanges yet were wide open at the back and Brentford had already had a goal by Mads Roerslev ruled out for offside before taking the lead in the 15th minute as a counter-attack ended with Toney's shot beaten out by Vicario but Maupay was alert to convert the rebound.

Brentford fed off Tottenham's mistakes and perhaps should have scored again before half-time.

But they were rocked on their heels in the second half as Udogie sparked Tottenham's revival in the 48th minute.

His searing run down the left was rewarded as Timo Werner played the ball back to him and he slotted in at the second attempt. A minute later Werner, enjoying his best game since joining on loan from RB Leipzig this month, played the perfect pass for Johnson to tap home.

Another sumptuous Tottenham move made it 3-1 as James Maddison, starting for the first time since November, had a shot blocked before Richarlison converted.

Tottenham were running riot, but when Udogie wafted a pass back towards Vicario without noticing Toney, the striker duly punished the error to set up a grandstand finish that would have earned Brentford a point had Vicario not tipped Shandon Baptiste's volley over the crossbar.