Tottenham stuttered to a 0-0 draw at Brentford on Saturday, handing bitter rivals Arsenal the advantage in the race for fourth in the Premier League.
Christian Eriksen facing Spurs for the first time since he left for Inter Milan in January 2020, was given a warm reception by players and fans before kick-off in west London.
Spurs offered little attacking threat during a first-half that Brentford enjoyed the better of, with their set-piece prowess causing the visitors problems and bringing about a great chance as Ivan Toney hit the woodwork.
Tottenham, in contrast, failed to have a shot on target for the second successive game as their largely lifeless attacking play was repelled by a resilient Bees defence.
Harry Kane went closest to snatching the points for the visitors when his acrobatic scissor-kick flew just wide with Bees keeper David Raya at full stretch.
Antonio Conte’s side are now two points behind Arsenal in fifth after their north London rivals beat Manchester United 3-1 in Saturday’s early kick-off to move the Gunners into the final Champions League qualification position.
Spurs host Leicester City a week on Sunday, while Brentford take on Manchester United the following day.