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Pochettino praises Spurs spirit

Sky Sports - lør, 22/09/2018 - 22:15
Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino praised his side's spirit after they got over their mini-slump with a 2-1 win at Brighton.

Kane the penalty king

Sky Sports - lør, 22/09/2018 - 21:01
Harry Kane is the Premier League's most prolific penalty-kick scorer over the past three years, after hammering in from 12 yards in Tottenham's win at Brighton.

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Sky Sports - lør, 22/09/2018 - 21:00
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Brighton 1-2 Tottenham Hotspur: Premier League — as it happened

Guardian - lør, 22/09/2018 - 20:38

Harry Kane and Erik Lamela scored as Spurs ended their losing run with a hard-fought victory in the rain at the Amex Stadium

7.38pm BST

Nick Ames’ match report has landed, which is my cue to do one. Thanks for your company, bye!

Related: Érik Lamela’s sucker punch seals win for Spurs over spirited Brighton

7.37pm BST

Post-match interviews

Harry Kane “I thought we played well – a lot of energy, should have put the game to bed and it was a bit nervy at the end. It was a foul (by Bong, which led to the penalty). I tried to stay on my feet but I was clipped. As a striker, if you’re not scoring goals people will ask questions – that’s part of the job. Hopefully we can build a bit of momentum after today.”

7.27pm BST

The win moves Spurs up to fifth, a point behind Watford. Brighton stay in 13th.

7.24pm BST

That was a cracking match. Spurs deserved to win, but Brighton were superb in the second half. Harry Kane’s penalty and Erik Lamela’s fine goal put Spurs 2-0 up before Anthony Knockaert gave them a late scare. He also missed a great chance when the score was 1-0.

7.23pm BST

Peep peep! Spurs divest themselves of the Premier League Crisis Baton™ with an important win at the Amex Stadium.

7.23pm BST

90+4 min Knockaert’s curling shot from 20 yards is saved by the plunging Gazzaniga! That was a decent chance for an improbable equaliser.

7.22pm BST

Brighton go straight down the other end, where Knockaert comes inside Rose and leathers a curling shot into the far corner. That’s a brilliant finish.

7.21pm BST

90+3 min Ryan makes his third save from Kane, this time with his feet, and then...

7.20pm BST

90+1 min Montoya’s bobbling long-range volley is comfortably held by Gazzaniga. He looked a bit iffy on corners but has otherwise had a good night, and he made that vital save from Knockaert at 1-0.

7.18pm BST

89 min The match is petering out. Spurs have been cruising since the second goal, and Kane has suddenly come to life. He moves into the area, shifts the ball away from Propper and hits another fierce shot that is shovelled behind by Ryan.

7.16pm BST

87 min Kane makes room in a congested area to blast a shot that is a bit too straight and blocked by Ryan. That was Kane at his best, like travelling back in time to, er, February 2018.

7.13pm BST

84 min The second goal has deflated Brighton, who played so well for large parts of the second half. Dunk has a cut mouth after a clash with Lamela, who held him off with a straight arm.

7.09pm BST

80 min Harry Kane wears No10, and he has played like one for much of tonight. That was a problem during the World Cup, too. He’s a very good No10, don’t get me wrong, but he’s a great No9.

7.08pm BST

79 min Brighton make their final change, with Jurgen Locadia replacing Yves Bissouma. That means a switch to 4-4-2.

7.06pm BST

78 min Dele Alli replaces Lucas Moura.

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The move started with a crisp, Koemanic pass from Dier into Lamela on the halfway line. He moved it onto Moura, who pushed it down the line to Rose. His low cutback was perfect for Lamela, who arrived late in the box and steered a precise first-time shot into the far corner.

7.05pm BST

Spurs clinch the points with a gorgeous team goal.

7.04pm BST

76 min Trippier plays a short corner to Moura, whose stinging shot hits Kayal.

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74 min Bissouma is booked for a clumsy foul on Rose.

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73 min Brighton make another change, with Ali Jahanbakhsh replacing the excellent Solly March.

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73 min Knockaert’s outswinging corner is headed over by Dunk, under pressure from Dier. Again Dier had hold of his shirt, though penalties are rarely given in those circumstances.

7.01pm BST

72 min This is an important 20 minutes for Spurs, who could get a bit of a complex if they lose another 1-0 lead.

6.57pm BST

69 min That could have been a penalty for Brighton in the 65th minute. Dier had a good handful of a Brighton shirt, Dunk’s I think, though the gesture was reciprocated so I suppose it could have gone either way.

6.56pm BST

68 min “What’s the largest number of top-flight teams to play in green in a season?” asks Daniel Friedman. “In a week? Brighton last week, Watford this morning, Spurs this afternoon. None of whom have green on their team colours.”

Sounds like one for The Knowledge. From memory there were a few green away kits (or at least kits with green bits) in 1994-95: Liverpool, Leeds, Villa.

6.56pm BST

67 min Spurs make a change, with Erik Lamela replacing Son.

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66 min: Knockaert misses a sitter! He was found by Kayal, who bumped Trippier off the ball and then slipped an angled pass into the area. Knockaert danced infield, past the covering Alderweireld, only to sidefoot tamely at Gazzaniga from eight yards.

6.55pm BST

65 min This is a fine spell for Brighton. March spins behind Trippier, surges into the area and tries to cut the ball back to Knoackert. Alderweireld puts it behind for a corner, which leads to a big penalty appeal after an impromptu Royal Rumble on the six-yard line. I’ll be honest: I’ve not a solitary clue what happened there, but we should see a replay soon.

6.54pm BST

64 min Brighton have a goal disallowed for offside against Duffy. A corner was punched unconvincingly by Gazzaniga, and when the ball came back in it was headed into the net. Duffy was definitely offside, but I’m not certain he got the touch - it may have been Dunk.

6.53pm BST

63 min A corner is half cleared to March, whose long-range shot deflects off Son and spins onto the roof of the net. Gazzaniga was at full stretch to his left.

6.50pm BST

62 min Kayal is booked for something or other.

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61 min Bissouma plays a neat one-two with Propper and slides a lovely pass between Vertonghen and Rose to find Knockaert. His first touch isn’t quite heavy enough, however, and that allows Rose to scarper back and make a vital interception.

6.48pm BST

59 min Duffy is back on the field and looks fine to continue.

6.47pm BST

58 min Rose dances into the area and unexpectedly changes direction to get away from Montoya, who makes an excellent recovery tackle. Duffy makes an equally good follow-up challenge on Rose and injures himself in the process. He’s receiving treatment.

6.44pm BST

55 min It’s pouring down, as it has been throughout the match. The pitch is still immaculate, though, and Eriksen can’t blame it when slams a shot on the turn into orbit from Moura’s deflected cross.

6.43pm BST

53 min Brighton’s more attacking approach means there is room for Spurs to play. Moura feeds the ball to Eriksen, who uses the overlapping Rose by not using him. Instead he moves onto his right foot, 25 yards out, and whips a curling shot that just misses the top corner.

6.39pm BST

51 min Knockaert’s curling corner is claimed at the second attempt by Gazzaniga.

6.38pm BST

50 min Knockaert’s free-kick is headed over his own bar by Vertonghen, under pressure from Murray.

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49 min Brighton have started the second half with much greater intent. March robs Trippier, who pulls him back and is booked.

6.35pm BST

47 min Duffy drives a brilliant crossfield pass out to the right to find Knockaert. He teases Rose and hits a cross that just eludes the stretching March at the far post.

6.34pm BST

46 min Peep peep! Brighton get the second half under way.

6.18pm BST

Half-time reading

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6.18pm BST

Peep peep! That was like a training session: Brighton defence versus Spurs attack. Brighton were doing pretty darn well until Glenn Murray’s silly handball gave Harry Kane the chance to quench his goal thirst.

6.16pm BST

45 min Two minutes of added time.

6.13pm BST

43 min There are boos all round the ground, but it was an excellent and brave decision from Chris Kavanagh. Murray jumped with his arms in the air like he just don’t care (for conventional perceptions of what constitutes handball). It hit his left arm and that was that.

6.12pm BST

Harry Kane blasts the penalty to his left, with Ryan going the other way. It was an emphatic finish. He’s scored a goal in September!

6.11pm BST

41 min It’s a good decision, and a stupid piece of play from Murray.

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41 min Trippier hits the free-kick into the wall - but a penalty has been given for handball!

6.10pm BST

39 min Kane is fouled just outside the area by Bong. The free-kick is to the right of centre, so ostensibly better for a left-footer. But I think Eriksen might hit this.

6.09pm BST

37 min See 23 min. And 29 min.

6.05pm BST

34 min Spurs are moving the ball a bit too slowly, which is allowing Brighton to maintain their defensive shape. Knockaert leads a Brighton counter-attack, curling in a cross from the right that drifts behind for a goalkick. I think Brighton had only Murray in the box against four defenders.

6.01pm BST

31 min There are two ways of looking at this game. Spurs will say they have been much the better team and deserve to be ahead; Brighton will say it’s been sterile domination and Mat Ryan has only had one save to make.

6.00pm BST

29 min Son moves infield confidently, draws back his right foot... and splatters the ball into a different postcode.

5.59pm BST

29 min Spurs are really missing Vincent Janssen, end of.

5.58pm BST

28 min Spurs have had 78 per cent possession so far.

5.56pm BST

25 min Brighton’s work-rate and defensive organisation are admirable, exemplified by Knockaert’s determined dispossession of Lucas Moura a moment ago.

5.54pm BST

24 min Eriksen is fortunate not to be booked for a cynical foul on the breaking Montoya.

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23 min Spurs are playing some neat football, but - strange to say about a team with Harry Kane in it - haven’t had much of a cutting edge.

5.51pm BST

21 min The popular Stephens is applauded off the field, to be replaced by Beram Kayal.

5.50pm BST

20 min Dale Stephens is struggling with what appears to be a hamstring injury.

5.49pm BST

18 min Lovely play from Spurs. Kane finds Rose, who fizzes a low first-time cross into the area. It comes to Son, whose shot on the run is crucially blocked by Big Narstie’s favourite footballer.

5.46pm BST

16 min A good little spell for Brighton. Knockaert is fouled on the right by Rose, but overhits the free-kick.

5.45pm BST

15 min Ah, turns out Dunk was unmarked was because Stephens put Rose in a wrestling hold off the ball.

5.44pm BST

14 min A long free-kick finds the strangely unmarked Dunk, who takes the ball down nicely on his chest - and then rakes a half-volley straight out for a throw-in.

5.43pm BST

12 min Son drives wide from 25 yards. Tottenham are playing nicely now, moving the ball with the rhythmic purpose that has made them so watchable in the last few years.

5.41pm BST

10 min Trippier’s near-post corner is flashed towards goal by the head of Alderweireld, and Ryan leaps to his right to make a superb save. The ball loops up towards Vertonghen, who is under a lot of pressure and can’t guide his header on target.

5.40pm BST

9 min Spurs keep the ball for an age before the influential Trippier’s cross is deflected behind for a corner.

5.37pm BST

7 min Nothing much to report so far. Spurs have had more of the ball but the game hasn’t really taken shape.

5.36pm BST

5 min Spurs are zipping the ball around on the moist surface. It’s surely worth testing the keepers from distance as handling won’t be easy.

5.32pm BST

2 min Dier drives a nice long pass down the right for Trippier, whose deflected cross is headed behind by Stephens. Trippier takes the corner short to Lucas Moura, who slaps his cross straight at Knockaert.

5.31pm BST

1 min Peep peep! Spurs get things under way at the Amex Stadium, where it is teeming down.

5.27pm BST

5.16pm BST

Mauricio Pochettino speaks! “Vorm suffered a problem with his knee during training. It would have been a risk to start with Dele Alli but we are happy he is on the bench.”

5.14pm BST

Everyone at the Club is deeply saddened to hear of the passing of one of our own, Chas Hodges. Our thoughts are with his family and friends at this difficult time.

4.41pm BST

Pre-match reading

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4.37pm BST

The 3pm kick-offs are into the final 10 minutes. Wolves are drawing 1-1 at Old Trafford, while Liverpool and Manchester City are cruising to victory.

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4.34pm BST

Brighton (4-1-4-1) Ryan; Montoya, Duffy, Dunk, Bong; Stephens; Knockaert, Propper, Bissouma, March; Murray.
Substitutes: Button, Balogun, Bernardo, Kayal, Locadia, Andone, Jahanbakhsh.

Tottenham Hotspur (4-2-3-1) Gazzaniga; Trippier, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Rose; Dier, Dembele; Moura, Eriksen, Son; Kane.
Substitutes: Whiteman, Sanchez, Aurier, Winks, Lamela, Wanyama, Alli.

4.22pm BST

Tottenham have won something! Alas, it’s the Premier League Crisis Baton™, passed each week to the team that a hysterical media deems to be in crisis. Spurs have lost three games in a row, all narrowly, two of them to superpowers of world football. Disaster! It’s the opinion of this narrator that almost all of their problems could be solved by giving Harry Kane a month off, but it takes a brave manager to do that when he’s holding the Crisis Baton.

Football is a perception industry as well as a results business, and Spurs really can’t afford a fourth consecutive defeat today. Brighton is a tricky place to go – they’ve lost only four home games since returning to the Premier League – and Spurs drew 1-1 here in April. In the circumstances, they’d probably take that today.

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Kane scores as Spurs end rot

Sky Sports - lør, 22/09/2018 - 20:38
Harry Kane ended his mini goal drought to help Tottenham earn a much-needed 2-1 win over Brighton at the Amex Stadium.

Érik Lamela’s sucker punch seals win for Spurs over spirited Brighton

Guardian - lør, 22/09/2018 - 20:33

There are times when any win will do and, for Tottenham, this was certainly one. The vultures had been circling after three defeats and the historians leafing all the way back to the spring of 2004, the last time they lost four consecutive games in a single season. Mauricio Pochettino needed his players to stand tall at what has become one of the Premier League’s more testing venues for the bigger clubs; they did that and, while this performance fell some way short of their fluent best, a few suggestions of a return to form flickered, too.

Foremost among them was their second, ultimately decisive goal, scored by Érik Lamela after the kind of rapier-like attack Tottenham have made their trademark under Pochettino. Lamela had replaced Son Heung-min eight minutes before taking possession just inside the Brighton half and, via Lucas Moura, working the ball to Danny Rose. He kept running and was rewarded with an accurate cutback that, without breaking stride, he swept beyond Mat Ryan.

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