Brighton vs Tottenham
12:30pm Saturday October
Amex Stadium (Att: 30160)
Aaron Connolly scored on his first Premier League start as Brighton raised the stress building on Mauricio Pochettino, thrashing Tottenham 3-0 in the Amex Stadium.
Tottenham came into the game low on optimism already after their 7-2 defeat at home to Bayern Munich in the Champions League, but their difficulties deepened in only the third minute when goalkeeper Hugo Lloris, who had been then stretchered from the field after suffering a nasty arm accident, gifted Neil Maupay Brightons opener.
Pochettinos side were second best during the first half and also Brighton deservedly extended their lead at the 32nd minute thanks.
Spurs dreadful afternoon was intact when the Connolly cut within Toby Alderweireld before discovering the corner to prolong the winless of Pochettino side run over the path to 10 Premier League matches, extending back to January.
A second straight defeat in five days leaves Pochettino, who insisted he would not walk away from Tottenham prior to the match, facing further scrutiny with his negative sixth and 10 points supporting league-leaders Liverpool, who played a game more, heading into the international break.
On the other hand, the gloom has raised using Graham Potter, whose side are around 12th, currently causing his side to their second win at home since March.
Pochettino could have desired to see a powerful opening from his side as they attempted to bounce back from their midweek humbling, since Spurs made a beginning on the shore, but he got nothing of this kind.
They conceded after just 3 minutes after another error from Lloris. The goalkeeper, under no pressure, dropped a Pascal Gross directly on his goalline to depart Maupay with the simplest of headers to provide the hosts the lead.
Lloris was stretchered off after landing awkwardly on his left arm after a spell of treatment, he had been replaced Paulo Gazzaniga.
Spurs problems deepened at the 32nd minute when Connolly struck from close range after the initial flick of the youngster had been kept out by Gazzaniga.
It left Pochettino having plenty to do at half-time by pulling on Harry Winks in place of Tanguy Ndombele, and he reacted. He also switched to three at the back with Eric Dier moving back to join Jan Vertonghen and Alderweireld, also it brought from Spurs.
As Brighton pushed to kill off the game, However, any signs of a reaction were short-lived.
Gross trimmed the top of the crossbar from a free-kick in a tight angle until Connolly stretched his sides edge.
Latching on the long ball of Lewis Dunk, the forwards cut indoors Alderweireld before unleashing a potent right-footed shooter to beat the dive of Gazzaniga and then locate the lowest corner.
When he was substituted 10 minutes with Potter bringing to reinforce his midfield, connolly obtained a standing ovation, however there was still time to get Spurs.
Substitute Lucas Moura compelled Mat Ryan into the Spurs miserable and produced two smart saves for Brighton on the line afternoon along with actions.
Tottenham return to Premier League activity at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on October 19 against Watford ; kick-off 3pm.
Brighton come back with a trip to Villa Park on October 19, from the break, too.
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