Leandro Trossard scores the last goal of the season against Chelsea on Day 1.
Brighton coach Graham Potter said the Seagulls had produced their best performance in two years and are seven points clear of Tottenham at the top of the Premier League standings.
Leandro Trossard scored the only goal of the game in the 17th minute, off a left-foot shot from Pascal Gross.
And the hosts fought well at Amex Stadium to record their first home win since June.
It’s our best performance this season, Brighton boss Potter told Sport.
We did what we had to do from start to finish, we created chances, we scored very good goals [and we had] a good atmosphere on the pitch against the best opponent.
Spurs boss Jose Mourinho, whose team are six points off the top four, admitted his players were too unlucky on the pitch.
If you are too sad, you have no energy, no enthusiasm, no confidence and that is what the team showed in the first half, Mourinho said.
My team] is too worried about the absence of a player like Harry [Kane].
Flying seagulls win a rare home victory
Potter’s team is the only one of the top four English divisions that has yet to record a home win this season.
I am happy for the players and our fans because it is important that we improve our form at home, added the former Swansea coach.
It’s the best [performance] from the opponent’s point of view.
Potter applauds best performance of the season at Brighton.
The Seagulls were the better team and Gross hit the woodwork in the third minute.
Trossard put Lewis Dunk’s side into a deserved lead with his second goal of the season, before Gareth Bale put the team ahead.
Albion’s Ben White scored in the 55th minute. Hugo Lloris saw his shot deflected off Alderweireveld in the second minute.
And the Spurs defender was there too as the Ireland international went close to scoring in injury time, when he prevented an Aaron Connolly effort.
Honestly, I’m looking forward to everything about tonight’s game, Mr. Potter said.
There’s a lot of football going on – whatever points we have now, it’s not enough. We must fight for everything until our last breath.
A windless December may have made the Brighton Potter boss look over his shoulder.
But three wins in their last four games in all competitions, including three draws, suggest the Seagulls are starting to find the form they need to break away from the last three.
Tottenham’s defeat in the Premier League for the second consecutive season.
Sorry Ideas Stimulation
After Thursday night’s defeat against Liverpool, we had to react. The omens were bad, with defeat against the champions in December followed by a 2-0 defeat against Leicester.
If they win, the visitors move up to fifth place. Instead, they were defeated for the second time this season.
I can imagine that when a team loses, it is a sad team, Mourinho told Radio 5 Live.
The reaction after that defeat was not phenomenal, the fact that you lost, I don’t like to speak for the players, but they feel too much the absence of a player like Harry [Kane].
With Kane injured in both ankles, Bale, on loan from Real Madrid, played only his second league game of the season.
But like the other Spurs strikers, the four-time Champions League winner seemed to lack inspiration in the first 45 minutes. The Welshman got his credits just after the hour.
Mourinho blamed the defeat on a lack of energy.
Son Heung-min and Carlos Vinicius both tested Brighton goalkeeper Robert Sanchez in the closing minutes, with Vinicius’ effort particularly troubling the Spanish keeper.
But without the talisman Kane, Tottenham seemed bereft of ideas and rarely posed a threat to the 17-man opposition.
It’s not about the players. I have told them there is no replacement for Harry Kane, the Spurs boss added.
In the first half, we tried to create a momentum that would allow us to get some goals by connecting with Son.
In the second half, we switched to a clear goal game. It gave us more energy, more racing, more aggression, and we were much better in the second half.
First home win in 225 days –-Stats
- Brighton kept three consecutive clean sheets for only the second time in the Premier League, and the first since October 2018.
- For Brighton, it was the first home win in 15 Premier League games at the Amex Stadium (D7, L7) since they beat Arsenal in June 2020, 225 days ago.
- Tottenham have won just three of the 13 Premier League games in which Harry Kane has not played (D4, L6), and none of the last four (D1, L3).
- Tottenham have lost four of their last eight league games (W2, D2), as many as in their last 28 games.
- The camp led by Jose Mourinho was on a roll for the 11th time. She made one move or less in the first half of the Premier League; six of those came when she had Spurs under her belt.
- Mourinho lost all three league games at Brighton. It is the first time in his coaching career that he has lost three consecutive away games to an opponent.
- Brighton’s Pascal Gross has scored 18 goals in the Premier League; the only Germans to have provided more assists in league history are Mesut Özil (54), Leroy Sane (28) and Dietmar Hamann (22).
What’s the next step?
Brighton will be next in action on Wednesday the 3rd. of February (20:15 GMT) to travel to Liverpool in the Premier League.
Tottenham host their next match on Thursday 4. February (20:00 GMT), Chelsea in the London derby.
The player of the game
Brighton and Hove Albion
- Team number11Player nameTrossard
- Team Number13 Player NameBig
- Squadron number 10. The player’s name is Mac Allister.
- Team number5Player nameDunk
- Team number 20Players nameMarch
- Team number 8Players nameBissouma
- Team number3Player nameWhite
- Team number4Player nameWebstep
- Team number34Player nameVeltman
- Team number9 Name of the playerMatsrau
- Team number26Player nameSanchez
- Team number14 Player nameLallana
- Team number33Burn of the player’s name
- Team number 7PseudoConnolly
- 3Wh white
- 34VeltmanReplaced by Suppat 72’minuteReservation on 86 minutes
- 20. Mars
- 11Trossard Replaced by Connolly in the 79th minute
- 10Mac Allister.
- 9MaupayLeft after 71 minutesRemoved byLallana after 79 minutes
- 19 Izquierdo
- 29 Tsitsiri
- 31 Walton
- 6D SánchezSubstitute of Alves Moraisata 45’min
- 4Wild old ageBocking at 66min.
- 28NominalReplaced by Lamelain 74’min
- 33 Announcements
- 9BaleSubstitution of Lucas Mourain 61 minutes.
- 7Sung Heung Min
- 8 Eyeblink
- 25 Tanganga
- 27Lucas Moura
- 45Alves Plus
- Game over: Brighton & Hove Albion 1, Tottenham Hotspur 0.
- End of second half, Brighton & Hove Albion 1, Tottenham Hotspur 0.
- Pierre-Emile Højbjerg (Tottenham Hotspur) is awarded a free kick in the opponent’s half.
- Solly March (Brighton & Hove Albion) is penalised after committing a foul.
- Corner, Brighton and Hove Albion. Fired by Toby Alderweireld.
- Toby Alderweireld (Tottenham Hotspur) is penalised after committing a foul.
- Alexis Mc Allister (Brighton & Hove Albion) is awarded a free kick in the opponent’s half.
- Attempt blocked. Erik Lamela (Tottenham Hotspur)’s left footed shot was blocked on the edge of the box. Assisted by Son Heung Min.
- Steven Bergwein (Tottenham Hotspur) is penalised after committing a foul.
- Solly March (Brighton & Hove Albion) is awarded a free kick in the opponent’s half.
- Corner, Brighton and Hove Albion. Presented by Ben Davis.
- Attempting rescue. Erik Lamela (Tottenham Hotspur)’s left footed shot from the bottom left corner is deflected into the box.
- Dan Byrne (Brighton & Hove Albion) is booked by the referee for a foul.
- Son Heung-min (Tottenham Hotspur) hits a free kick in the opponent’s half.
- Offence by Dan Byrne (Brighton & Hove Albion).
- Corner, Brighton and Hove Albion. Overruled by Toby Alderweireld.
- Attempt blocked. Aaron Connolly (Brighton & Hove Albion) shoots with his right foot into the centre of the box. Sponsored by Pascal Gross.
- Attempt blocked. Lucas Moura (Tottenham Hotspur) rattles off a shot from the right that is blocked in the centre of the box. Sponsored by Carlos Vinicius.
- Ben Davies (Tottenham Hotspur) is penalised after committing a foul.
- Adam Lallana (Brighton & Hove Albion) hits a free kick in the far corner.