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Brighton stun Tottenham 3-0 in Premier League

London, Oct 5 (Agencies) | Publish Date: 10/5/2019 11:58:08 AM IST

Aaron Connolly scored twice on his first Premier League start as Brighton increased the pressure building on Mauricio Pochettino, thrashing Tottenham 3-0 at the Amex Stadium.

Tottenham came into the game low on confidence already following their 7-2 defeat at home to Bayern Munich in the Champions League, but their problems deepened in only the third minute when goalkeeper Hugo Lloris gifted Neil Maupay Brighton’s opener.

Pochettino’s side were second best throughout the first half and Brighton deservedly extended their lead in the 32nd minute thanks to Connolly’s close-range finish.

Spurs’ dreadful afternoon was complete when the impressive Connolly cut inside Toby Alderweireld before finding the far corner to extend Pochettino side’s winless run on the road to 10 Premier League matches, stretching back to January.

A second straight defeat in five days leaves Pochettino facing further scrutiny with his side now sixth.

However, the gloom has lifted at the Amex Stadium with Graham Potter, whose side are up to 12th, leading his side to just their second win of the season and a first win at home since March.

Spurs conceded after just three minutes following another error from Lloris. The French goalkeeper, under no pressure, dropped a hopeful Pascal Gross right on his own goalline to leave Maupay with the simplest of headers to give the hosts the lead.

Lloris was then stretchered off after landing awkwardly on his left arm and, after a lengthy spell of treatment, he was replaced Paulo Gazzaniga.

Spurs’ problems deepened in the 32nd minute when Connolly struck from close range after Gazzaniga had smartly kept out the youngster’s initial flick.

It left Pochettino with plenty to do at half-time and he reacted by bringing on Harry Winks in place of Tanguy Ndombele. He also switched to three at the back with Eric Dier moving back to join Jan Vertonghen and Alderweireld, and it brought about some improvement from Spurs.

But any signs of a reaction were short-lived as Brighton pushed to kill the game off.

Gross clipped the top of the crossbar from a free-kick from a tight angle before Connolly extended his side’s advantage further.

Latching onto Lewis Dunk’s long ball, the forward cut inside Alderweireld before unleashing a powerful right-footed shot to beat the dive of Gazzaniga and find the bottom corner.

Connolly rightfully received a standing ovation when he was substituted 10 minutes from time with Potter bringing on Yves Bissouma to strengthen his midfield, but there was still time for Spurs to create a few openings.

Substitute Lucas Moura forced Mat Ryan into action and the Australian made two smart saves to get Brighton over the line and complete Spurs miserable afternoon.

Tottenham return to action against Watford on October 19 while Brighton return from the international break with a trip to Villa Park to face Aston Villa.

Match results

Norwich City 1 – 5 Aston Villa

Watford 0 – 0 Sheff United

Burnley 1 – 0 Everton

Liverpool 2 - 1 Leicester

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