Tottenham 0 – 1 Brighton
Leandro Trossard’s excellent 90th-minute finish for Brighton in a 1-0 win at Tottenham secured a remarkable north London double for the Seagulls, a week after they beat Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium.
Graham Potter’s side frustrated Spurs throughout the contest and then Trossard showed some skill in the box to make room to prod past Hugo Lloris to grab Brighton’s first win at Tottenham since 1981.
Spurs had scored at least twice in each of their previous seven but failed to have a single shot on target over the 90 minutes, with Heung-Min Son denied by excellent blocks from Joel Veltman and Trossard in the second half. No outfield starter who completed 90 minutes had fewer touches than isolated Harry Kane (27).
Antonio Conte’s team had gone into the game hoping to win their fifth match in a row and move six points clear of rivals Arsenal in fourth. However, Mikel Arteta’s side lost 1-0 to Southampton themselves and were bumped into sixth place after Manchester United’s win against Norwich. Spurs’ three-point gap remains over United.
Tottenham: Lloris (5), Romero (6), Dier (5), Davies (6), Emerson (6), Hojbjerg (6), Bentancur (5), Reguilon (6), Kulusevski (5), Kane (6), Son (6).
Subs: Moura (6), Winks (6), Bergwijn (N/A)
Brighton: Sanchez (6), Lamptey (7) Veltman (7), Dunk (7), Cucurella (6), Gross (6), Mwepu (5), Bissouma (7), Caicedo (7), Trossard (8), Mac Allister (6).
Subs: Welbeck (6), Lallana (6), March (N/A)
Man of the Match: Leandro Trossard.
The tight contest at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium could have played out quite differently had referee Craig Pawson seen a couple of instances differently in the first half. A below-his-best Dejan Kulusevski was fortunate not to connect when he swung an elbow at Marc Cucurella – that would have earned him more than the yellow he received.
Meanwhile, Enock Mwepu was walking a tightrope after going into the book himself for a trip on Sergio Reguilon and escaped a second yellow despite stepping on Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg’s foot with a clumsy challenge.
- Sergio Reguilon won the battle with Ryan Sessegnon to replace the injured Matt Doherty at left wing-back, Spurs’ only change from the side which won at Aston Villa.
- Brighton made one change too, with Tariq Lamptey coming in for Danny Welbeck, who dropped to the bench,.
But Brighton got to half-time, where they replaced Mwepu, and at the end of another convincing 45 minutes after the break they found their moment of magic in the final moments through Trossard to make it back-to-back wins.
It is some turnaround from Brighton, who had taken just one point from their previous seven before going to Arsenal last Saturday but they always looked comfortable against a below-par Spurs.
Veltman made a good tackle on Harry Kane early on but Brighton had the best moments in the opening period, with the Netherlands international himself denied at the other end after Mwepu’s shot from a corner was blocked. Rodrigo Bentancur then had to be sharp to prevent Alexis Mac Allister turning in from a flicked-on corner.
After a scrappy end to the half, when the focus was on Kulusevski and Mwepu, Son looked the most likely to break the deadlock for the hosts but was twice denied in the space of seven minutes before Bentancur shot narrowly wide.
However, Brighton continued to pose a threat of their own, with Pascal Gross shooting over when well placed and Tariq Lamptey firing a tame one at Lloris from a good position.
The visitors got their reward for pushing forwards late on when Trossard’s dummy did for Eric Dier and his poked finish flew past Lloris.
Conte: We’re better than that; an important lesson
Tottenham boss Antonio Conte: “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.
“The game was very difficult, a tactical game from both sides. Brighton were very good to close every space. 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.”
Potter: This was better than the Arsenal win!
Brighton boss Graham Potter: “It feels better than Arsenal. I thought the performance was a step up. The players were incredible, with work rate and discipline. We had good organisation and attitude to run and defend and be brave when we had the ball as well. It wasn’t a smash and grab game.
“We were playing against a lot of world class players and a team in a good moment so we had to be good today. 40 points with six games to go. Not so bad considering it was Armageddon three games ago! It was only fair if we beat Arsenal; we have to go to Spurs and beat them.”
Opta stats – Brighton back in form
- Tottenham have lost three of their last six home Premier League games (W3), as many defeats as they suffered in their previous 14 on home soil (W10 D1).
- Brighton have won consecutive away league games for the first time since September 2021 and are now unbeaten in three Premier League games overall, winning the last two, after losing each of the six before that.
- Tottenham failed to direct a single shot on target for the first time in their last 21 Premier League games, since November 7th 2021 v Everton.
- Brighton are only the second team in Premier League history to win away at both Arsenal and Tottenham in consecutive Premier League games after Hull City in October 2008.
- Brighton’s Leandro Trossard has netted six goals in the Premier League this season, his best-ever season return in the competition, eclipsing the five he scored in both 2019-20 and 2020-21.
- Brighton winger Leandro Trossard’s goal was the first 90th minute winner Tottenham have conceded at home in the Premier League since Ayoze Perez’s late strike for Newcastle in December 2015.
- Brighton captain Lewis Dunk made his 166th Premier League appearance, with all of them as starts; only six outfield players have better 100% starting numbers in the history of the competition (Gareth Southgate top with 426/426, then Paul Ince, Des Walker, Gary Pallister, Fabricio Coloccini and Stuart Pearce).
Spurs head to Brentford for the Saturday Night Football at 5.30pm – live on Sky Sports Premier League – while Brighton travel to league leaders Manchester City on Wednesday at 8pm.