Disappointing day on the south coast
Brighton & Hove Albion 3-0 Spurs
Sat 05 October 2019, 14:32|Tottenham Hotspur
Brighton & Hove Albion picked up their first-ever Premier League victory against us on a disappointing afternoon at the AMEX Stadium on Saturday.
In a match marred from the outset by an injury to Hugo Lloris, Neal Maupay headed in from close range before a brace from young Seagulls striker Aaron Connolly sealed a 3-0 win for the south coast side.
Mauricio Pochettino made four changes to the team that crashed to defeat to Bayern Munich in midweek, including bringing in holding midfielder Eric Dier and left-back Ben Davies for their first league starts of the season. Moussa Sissoko, meanwhile, lined up a right-back in the absence of the suspended Serge Aurier.
However, an incident inside three minutes left us reeling. Pascal Gross sent in a cross from the left flank, Lloris tried to gather on his line but couldn't hold it, fell awkwardly and Maupay nodded in from a yard out. Sadly, our goalkeeper and captain stayed down and after prolonged treatment for an arm injury inside his own net, was carried off and replaced by Paulo Gazzaniga.
In truth, we never recovered. Christian Eriksen tested Mat Ryan from distance in our only real attempt at goal in the first half before Connolly marked his first Premier League start for the hosts with a goal, firing home on 32 minutes after Gazzaniga had saved his initial attempt from Aaron Mooy's cross.
Erik Lamela went close on the break while Connolly poked wide, but a change of shape at half-time to incorporate the use of wing-backs brought us renewed hope. Yet still Brighton - without a win in their previous eight Premier League home games - threatened, Gross hitting the crossbar with a clever free-kick from a tight angle before Connolly turned away from Toby Alderweireld and fired home on his right foot for 3-0 in the 65th minute. We had some chances thereafter, Harry Kane chopping onto his left foot but blazing over from inside the box and substitute Lucas Moura twice denied by Ryan, but it wasn't our day.
We never really got out of the blocks after the early goal and injury to Lloris. The goalkeeper couldn't hold Gross' looping cross from out wide on the left, leaving Maupay to simply nod Brighton, who had scored only twice in their previous six top-flight games, in front after only three minutes. With Lloris injured in the process, Brighton kept themselves on the front foot for the remainder of the game to take maximum points.
Mauricio said afterwards: “It was a tough game, difficult. First of all, I want to say thank-you to our fans for helping us and making the effort to stay here with us. We know how they feel - very disappointed - and we share the same feelings. All I can say is thanks for their support. Then yes, it was disappointing. It was a massive impact, Hugo, and to concede after three minutes. That is a problem you cannot manage."
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Brighton & Hove Albion 3-0 Spurs
Brighton & Hove Albion (4-4-2): Ryan, Montoya, Webster, Dunk (c), Burn, Gross, Alzate (Bong 88), Stephens (Murray 90), Mooy, Maupay, Connolly (Bissouma 79). Substitutes (not used): Button, Balogun, Jahanbakhsh, March.
Spurs (4-2-3-1): Lloris (c) (Gazzaniga 8), Sissoko, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Davies, Dier, Ndombele (Winks 46), Eriksen, Lamela, Son (Lucas 73), Kane. Substitutes (not used): Foyth, Sanchez, Skipp, Dele.
Goals: Brighton - Maupay 3, Connolly 32, 65.
Yellow cards: Brighton - Stephens 57, Dunk 89; Spurs - Dier 55.
Referee: Jonathan Moss.
Venue: AMEX Stadium, Brighton.
Weather: Light cloud, 15 degrees.