Tottenham 0-1 Brighton: Tottenham were dealt a huge blow

Tottenham 0-1 Brighton: Tottenham were dealt a huge blow
Tottenham 0-1 Brighton: Tottenham were dealt a huge blow

Tottenham were given a severe blow in the race for fourth place in the Premier League when Brighton & Hove Albion won 1-0 at home thanks to a late strike from Leandro Trossard.

Spurs had the opportunity to increase their lead over Arsenal to six points before the Gunners’ trip to Southampton later on Saturday.

But they showed little evidence of doing so, finishing second behind Brighton in a rather uninteresting match.

The Seagulls were rewarded in the 90th minute when Trossard’s excellent finish with the outside of the boot sealed a merited three points and handed the initiative back to Arsenal, who had been defeated at home by Brighton the week before.

The most intriguing fight of the first half was perhaps referee Craig Pawson’s struggle with his own judgement during repeated fouls from Enock Mwepu after he had previously been booked.

Mwepu, who, together with Joel Veltman, generated the most of Brighton’s half-chances, escaped a second yellow card before halftime and was subsequently replaced by Graham Potter.

Danny Welbeck, his substitute, typified up the paucity of goalscoring ability in the Brighton team when he missed a good chance with a shot that went out for a throw-in.

Brighton’s persistent pressure ultimately paid off as Trossard remained cool to settle matters after Cristian Romero and Emerson Royal combined to lose possession deep in their own half.

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