Brighton vs Tottenham
12:30pm Saturday 5th October
Amex Stadium (Att: 30160)
As the strain building improved on Mauricio Pochettino, thrashing Tottenham 3-0 in the Amex Stadium aaron Connolly scored twice on his first Premier League start.
Tottenham came into the game low on optimism already after their 7-2 defeat to Bayern Munich in the Champions League, but their problems deepened in only the third minute when goalkeeper Hugo Lloris, who had been then stretchered from the field after suffering a nasty arm injury, gifted Neil Maupay Brightons opener.
Pochettinos side were second best during the first half and Brighton deservedly expanded their lead at the 32nd minute thanks to Connollys close-range finish.
Spurs afternoon was complete when the remarkable Connolly cut in Toby Alderweireld before finding the far corner to prolong Pochettino sides winless run to 10 Premier League matches over the road, extending back to January.
A second straight defeat in five days leaves Pochettino, who believed that he would not walk away from Tottenham ahead of the game, facing additional scrutiny with his side today sixth and 10 points behind league-leaders Liverpool, having played a match, going to the international break.
The gloom has lifted using Graham Potter, whose side are up to 12th, directing his side to just their second win at home since March at the Amex Stadium.
Pochettino would have desired to find a opening as they tried to bounce back from their humbling, but he got nothing of the kind as Spurs created a shocking beginning on the coast.
They surrendered after only 3 minutes following another error from Lloris. The French goalkeeper, under no stress, dropped a Pascal Gross directly on his own goalline to leave the simplest of headers to Maupay to provide the hosts the lead.
Lloris was then stretchered off after landing awkwardly on his left arm after a protracted spell of therapy, he had been replaced Paulo Gazzaniga.
Spurs problems deepened in the 32nd minute after the initial movie of the youngster had been smartly kept out by Gazzaniga, when Connolly fell from close range.
It left Pochettino with lots to perform at half-time by pulling on Harry Winks set up of Tanguy Ndombele, and he reacted. In addition, he switched to three at the rear with Eric Dier going back to join Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen, also it brought about some progress from Spurs.
However, any symptoms of a response were short lived as Brighton pushed to kill off the game.
Gross clipped the top of the crossbar from a free-kick in a tight angle until his sides edge was stretched by Connolly farther.
Latching onto Lewis Dunks long ball, the forward cut indoors Alderweireld before unleashing a potent right-footed shot to beat Gazzanigas dip and find the bottom corner.
When he had been substituted 10 minutes with Potter bringing on Yves Bissouma to strengthen his midfield, connolly rightfully acquired a standing ovation, however there was time to get Spurs.
Substitute Lucas Moura compelled Mat Ryan into actions along with the Australian made two saves for Brighton on the line and Spurs gloomy afternoon.
Tottenham return at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on October 19 against Watford ; kick-off 3pm.
Brighton yield from the break with a trip to Villa Park to face Aston Villa 3pm, on October 19.
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