Match Report: Spurs vs Brighton
Spurs beat Brighton by two goals as they make it three wins in one week at Wembley Stadium.
Almost from the first kick Tottenham were quick to control the tempo of the match and pressed high against Brighton. Shane Duffy, leading the Brighton defence by example, denied dangerous shots on target from both Kane and Son early on keeping the score level.
It was in the 40th minute when Spurs finally netted to go ahead, however, it came by the most fortunate of circumstances. After beating his man in the final third, Aurier lofted a ball into the area looking for the head of Harry Kane. However, the ball was most certainly over-hit and went far beyond the vicinity of Kane. But it similarly beat Mathew Ryan, whose outstretched hand could not prevent the descending ball from finding the top right-hand corner of the net.
Spurs maintained a high tempo during the second half but struggled to find their second. Brighton had their best chance of the game in the 69th minute, after Hemed found some space for a shot on goal, but was readily denied by Hugo Lloris.
Three minutes from the end Son secured the three points for Tottenham by heading in a Christian Eriksen free kick. Erikson curled a free kick to the near post, where Son was ready to flick it behind him and off the leg of Davy Propper, the deflection took it past Mathew Ryan. The Liverpool stalemate with West Brom this week mean that Spurs occupy the fourth position in the Premier League.
Spurs vs Brighton Attendance
Wembley Stadium: 55,124
Starting Line-ups: Spurs vs Brighton
Tottenham Hotspur: Lloris, Aurier, Dier, Vertonghen, Rose, Sissoko, Winks, Lamela, Eriksen, Son, Kane
Brighton: Ryan, Schelotto, Duffy, Dunk, Bong, Kncockaert, Kayal, Stephens, Propper, Izquierdo, Hemed
“I think its fantastic for us – three victories in a row. It was fantastic for the players who are so happy with the performance. The team performance was much better than Brighton’s, we created a lot of chances and we deserved to win. We believe and we fight for the Premier League. Our passing was good, we moved the ball in a good tempo and created a lot. I am very pleased about the three points.”
Man of the Match
Heung-Min Son continues his run of good form and takes home this fixture’s Man of the Match accolade. Spur played a pretty mediocre game, but there was nothing mediocre about Son’s performance. his energy, his dynamism kept Spurs ticking, he is the sort of player who you bring on in the circumstances when the team needs a boost. One word: leader.
What’s next for Tottenham Hotspur?
Spurs travel to Manchester to play league leaders Manchester City. A tough yet so important match-up.