Brighton 1-2 Tottenham: Harry Kane and Erik Lamela score in victory
Report and highlights as Tottenham end a three-game losing streak
By Gerard Brand
Last Updated: 23/09/18 12:01am
Harry Kane ended his mini goal drought to help Tottenham earn a much-needed 2-1 win over Brighton at the Amex Stadium.
After four games without scoring for club and country, Kane gave Spurs the lead from the penalty spot (42) after Glenn Murray had handled while blocking a free-kick.
Despite Brighton finding their rhythm second half, substitute Erik Lamela made it 2-0 with a fine sweeping finish (76) after starting a move from deep, before Anthony Knockaert made for a nervy ending with a fine finish in stoppage time (90+3).
Brighton: Gazzaniga (6), Trippier (7), Alderweireld (7), Vertonghen (7), Rose (7), Dembele (8), Dier (8), Eriksen (7), Moura (7), Son (6), Kane (7)
Subs: Lamela (8), Alli (NA)
Tottenham: Ryan (6), Montoya (5), Duffy (5), Dunk (5), Bong (5), Stephens (5), Bissouma (5), March (5), Propper (5), Knockaert (6), Murray (5)
Subs: Kayal (5), Jahanbakhsh (5), Locadia (NA)
Man of the match: Mousa Dembele
After three straight defeats, the win leaves Spurs in fifth, while Brighton are seven points behind in 13th as they lost at home in the league for the first time since March.
Mat Ryan was forced into a fine reflex save early on from point-blank range as Toby Alderweireld's header deflected off Gaetan Bong, and though Spurs had 79 per cent of the ball first half, they did not make it count until the closing stages.
Kieran Trippier's free-kick was blocked by Murray's hand in the wall, a superb spot from referee Chris Kavanagh and his team, allowing Kane to step up and send Ryan the wrong way.
Vorm was out for Spurs, replaced by Gazzaniga in goal, with Whiteman on the bench. Trippier, Alderweireld and Rose returned for Aurier, Sanchez and Davies following the loss at Inter Milan, while Moura came in for Lamela.
Brighton were unchanged following the 2-2 draw at Southampton on Monday Night Football.
Christian Eriksen's long-range effort went just wide after the break, but Brighton eventually got going, and should have scored when Knockaert's weak shot from eight yards was collected by Paulo Gazzaniga after Beram Kayal had found him.
But Spurs made it 2-0 with a superb move as Lamela broke free to feed Lucas Moura on the left, who in turn slipped in Danny Rose down the left flank. Lamela continued his run into the box, and latched onto Rose's centre to sweep home from 12 yards.
Kane shrugged off talk of fatigue by playing all 90 minutes on the south coast, and nearly netted again late on as he piled into the box only for Ryan to save when one-on-one.
Knockaert's fine finish cutting in from the right on his left foot created a nervous end, before Gazzaniga saved and held well from the same man's 20-yard effort a moment later.
Man of the match - Mousa Dembele
So calm and collected on the ball, Dembele made Spurs tick on Saturday evening on a zippy surface. He made 70 passes at a staggering 97.1 per cent accuracy, while also winning 85 per cent of his duels.
Alongside the equally-impressive Eric Dier, Dembele did his defensive work too, making three tackles, two clearances and winning the ball back four times. A superb performance from the Belgian.
What would VAR have changed?
The penalty decision was correct, as was Lewis Dunk's disallowed goal in the second half, but Dunk should have had a penalty after Eric Dier had a chunk of his shirt in the box.
Going by grappling decisions at the World Cup, it would have been a spot kick with the score at 1-0 to Spurs, giving Brighton the chance to level.
- Brighton have only won one of their last 10 games against Tottenham in all competitions (W1 D2 L7), a home victory in April 1983.
- Spurs have only failed to score in one of their last 17 Premier League away games (0-1 vs West Brom in May).
- Brighton suffered a home league defeat for the first time since March (0-2 v Leicester), winning two and drawing three before the loss to Tottenham.
- Paulo Gazzaniga became the third goalkeeper to appear in the Premier League this season for Tottenham, more than any other club has used.
Tottenham now host Watford in the Carabao Cup third round in Milton Keynes on Wednesday night, before going to Huddersfield on Saturday in the Premier League. Brighton go to champions Man City on Saturday at 3pm.