Match Report – Brighton 1-2 Tottenham

Goals from Harry Kane and Erik Lamela gave Tottenham Hotspur the win over Brighton in the pouring rain.

The home side forced their way back into the game in the second half, but Anthony Knockaert’s tame shot proved to be the turning point in a game where Tottenham’s superior quality eventually paid off.

Spurs started on the front foot; pressing their opponents high up the pitch, and the Londoners nearly made their pressure pay when Mat Ryan had to get a strong hand to Toby Alderweireld’s header which deflected off Gaetan Bong. Soon after Heung-Min Son dragged a shot wide of the post.

Son was involved again moments later as his long ranger was blocked by a flying Bong.

Brighton attacks were few and far between, Anthony Knockaert was the home sides main outlet, but his crosses couldn’t find their intended target on a number of occasions.

And things got worse for the home side when Kieran Trippier’s free-kick was adjudged to have struck Glenn Murray’s arm. Harry Kane, who has come in for criticism this season with doubts over his fitness, made no mistake from the spot.

Spurs started the second half like they did the first, and were looking more likely to get the games second goal as Christian Eriksen blazed two efforts over within the space of a minute.

But the Seagulls slowly grew into the second 45; Solly March’s long range deflected strike nearly fell into the top corner, and from the resulting corner Shane Duffy found the back of the net with his header. Unfortunately for Duffy, referee Kavanagh spotted an offside in the build up.

Then Knockaert was found in oceans of space in the penalty area, the Frenchman cut inside Toby Alderweireld but his shot was straight at Paulo Gazzaniga in the Spurs goal.

The tide was turning, and captain Dunk would’ve equalised had he kept his header down Knockaert’s corner.

But Spurs survived the wave of pressure and doubled their lead through substitute Erik Lamela with quarter of an hour to go. The Argentine met Rose’s low cross with a confident finish, thus opening his account for the season. It was a goal of real quality from Lamela who was of the originators of the goal with a driving run through midfield.

Then last season’s Golden Boot runner-up Kane stung the palms of Ryan who eventually gathered the ball at the second attempt.

However, Knockaert did eventually get one back for the Seagulls, cutting inside Rose prior to powering a shot into the bottom corner leaving Gazzaniga motionless.

Things don’t get any easier for Brighton who play Man City next weekend while Spurs travel to Huddersfield looking to get back on track.

 

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