A hat-trick from Heung-Min Son as Spurs spank Villa 4-0

Spurs fans have become accustomed to fruitful wins in recent times but this winning streak was abruptly concluded by Leandro Trossard as Brighton scored a last-minute to beat the Lilywhites 1-0.

Brighton beat Arsenal last week as well as North London proves a fruitful hunting ground for the Seagulls. It was their first win away against Spurs since 1981.

Tottenham have scored at least two goals in their last 7 league matches but failed to find their shooting boots on Easter weekend as they did not register a single shot on target. Son and Kulusevski looked lively but sometimes the chips do not fall in your favour. Credit to Brighton, they came to N17 to shut up shop, isolate Harry Kane and frustrate Tottenham’s creative players… and that’s exactly what they did.

The race is heating up

It could have been a wonderful opportunity for Conte’s men to move even further adrift of their rivals also hunting down 4th position in the Premier League. Southampton however beat Arsenal on the same weekend, so Tottenham remain three points clear of their North London rivals. Ronaldo’s impressive performance against Norwich meant that Man Utd move into 5th, on the same points as Arsenal as they become the closest challengers to Tottenham’s qualification hopes. Man Utd play Liverpool on Tuesday and then Arsenal on Saturday: a very interesting set of matches in the race for 4th.

Brighton did look the more threatening team for the duration of the game. The stats tell the truthful story of how the game unfolded. Brighton had 12 shots in total and Spurs had 5. Brighton had 5 shots on target and Tottenham didn’t have one. Heung-Min Son provided the best opportunity to get Spurs off the score sheet as he had a couple of efforts denied in the space of 7 minutes.

The goal was a nice bit of individual play from Trossard who picked up an unlucky deflection off Romero. You could argue that Romero could have worked harder to retrieve the ball back but Trossard did wonders with the space afforded to him. He managed to wrong-foot Eric Dier before poking a curling finish past Hugo Lloris at the death.

Lots to be positive about as the campaign concludes

Seven games ago it did not look likely that Tottenham would be in a position like this in the final stretches of the Premier League campaign. The Lilywhites have done tremendously well as of late and have rallied around the successful tactics of Antonio Conte. Despite this last-minute loss, there is much to be positive about in Tottenham. Spurs conclude their April fixture list this weekend against Brentford, where they must take heed of the opportunity to move further away from Man Utd and Arsenal, who also go head-to-head this weekend. It’s time to focus. Eyes on the prize, Tottenham… not long left now.

Spurs Starting XI

H Lloris ©
C Romero
E Dier
B Davies
R Bentancur
E Højbjerg
S Reguilón
E Royal
D Kulusevski
H Son
H Kane

The manager’s thoughts

After the game, Antonio Conte concluded that,

“For sure it’s not a good result for us. A lesson we can learn today is that there are games that if you’re not able to win, you’re not to lose. It was very clear that today wasn’t our day. I understand we want to try to get three points before our other rivals for the race for the Champions League but sometimes we need to feel. ​​We moved the ball slowly. We are able to do much better than today.

Maybe a more fair final result was a draw but Brighton played a good game, well organised with a good manager. If you win against Arsenal and Tottenham away it means the team is a good team. We started very slowly. In my opinion we can do much better than we showed today.”

What’s next for Tottenham Hotspur

Spurs will play Brentford away on Saturday 23rd April before welcoming Leicester City to the Tottenham Hotspur stadium on Sunday 1st May.

Come On You Spurs.