2020-21 English Premier League
  • Leandro Trossard (17')

Brighton blank Tottenham Hotspur as Harry Kane's absence felt

Brighton & Hove Albion held Tottenham Hotspur scoreless in their 1-0 Premier League victory at the Amex Stadium on Sunday night.

Leandro Trossard finished off a lovely team move to give Brighton a first-half lead with the game's only goal, firing past Hugo Lloris from a Pascal Gross cut-back after the hosts split open Spurs' back line.

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Tottenham, who were without the injured Harry Kane, struggled to create quality chances as they looked to draw even in the first half as Brighton took a one-goal lead into the break.

Brighton continued to have the better of the chances in the opening portion of the second half, with Spurs keeper Lloris saving from a Ben White shot before Neal Maupay headed wide of the target shortly after.

There were nervy moments for Brighton down the stretch, but the home side held firm to see out the result and take a crucial three points to put further distance between themselves and the relegation zone.

Jose Mourinho's Spurs remain in sixth place on 33 points from 20 matches so far this campaign.

"It's our best performance this season and last. From start to finish we did what we needed to do, created some chances, scored a really good goal, good attitude around the pitch, good quality, against a top opponent," Brighton manager Graham Potter said.

"I thought it was closer to a 2-0 than a 1-0. I am really proud of the players."

Out-of-form Tottenham's second defeat of the week after Thursday's 3-1 home loss to Liverpool leaves them in sixth place, six points off the top four having won only two of their last nine league games since topping the table.

"In the first half I felt the team was probably too sad with the goal conceded and the situation," Mourinho said. "There was a lack of energy. In the last 25, 30

Brighton have taken seven points from their last nine and thoroughly deserved their first home league win since June.

They could have taken the lead even earlier as Gross clipped the post after a neat build-up.

Tottenham did not learn their lesson though and Brighton's slick approach play caused them no end of problems.

It was a similar move that led to the goal with Alexis Mac Allister playing in Gross who reached the byline before picking out Trossard to finish with ease.

With England striker Kane injured, Mourinho gave Gareth Bale only his second league start since he returned on loan from Real Madrid but the Welshman was largely peripheral.

Spurs changed their formation at the break with Carlos Vinicius coming on to bolster the attack while Bale was withdrawn on the hour and replaced by Lucas Moura.

Vinicius forced a fine save from Sanchez and Son Heung-Min had a couple of shots at goal, but it was Brighton who went closest to scoring again as Aaron Connelly's finish from point blank range was somehow kept out by Toby Alderweireld.

Brighton's joy was clear at the final whistle as they finally found some home comfort.

"It's a confidence boost, we have worked hard all season, now we have won at home and we have a taste for more," match-winner Trossard said.

English Premier League Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 Chelsea 13 +26 30
2 Manchester City 13 +20 29
3 Liverpool 13 +28 28
4 West Ham United 13 +8 23
5 Arsenal 13 -2 23
6 Wolverhampton Wanderers 13 0 20
7 Tottenham Hotspur 12 -6 19
8 Manchester United 13 -1 18
9 Brighton & Hove Albion 13 -2 18
10 Leicester City 13 -3 18
11 Crystal Palace 13 0 16
12 Brentford 13 0 16
13 Aston Villa 13 -3 16
14 Everton 13 -4 15
15 Southampton 13 -7 14
16 Watford 13 -6 13
17 Leeds United 13 -8 12
18 Burnley 12 -6 9
19 Norwich City 13 -20 9
20 Newcastle United 13 -14 6