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Brighton 1-0 Tottenham: Trossard early strike piles more misery for Spurs

Brighton and Hove Albion seal their first home win of the Premier League season, beating Tottenham 1-0 at the Amex Stadium.

Leandro Trossard scored the only goal of the game in the first half to give the three points.

The Seagulls could have won by a wider margin, but Aaron Connolly and Neal Maupay missed opportunities.

The result moves Graham Potter’s men seven points clear of the relegation zone, while Spurs lose their second game in a row.

Brighton to face Liverpool on the road in their next Premier League match on Wednesday while Tottenham host Chelsea in their next outing on Thursday.

Jose Mourinho hopes to discover by Tuesday the true extent of the double ankle injury his talismanic striker sustained against Liverpool last week.

The Spurs manager can only hope his striker makes a quick recovery because on this fact they have no chance of finishing in the top four without him.

The defeat to Jurgen Klopp’s side on Thursday was miserable: zero points, Kane’s injury and a half-time fight that enraged Serge Aurier so much that he stormed out of the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium at half-time.

Aurier wasn’t even on the bench on Sunday night, a clear sign of what Mourinho thinks about his defender’s behaviour.

The saving grace? There wasn’t one. But surely it couldn’t get much worse?

They were a goal down in 17 minutes; the loss should have been at least doubled by the time Leandro Trossard fired Brighton ahead.

Pascal Gross hit the foot of the post in the third minute following a lovely move as Brighton felt the tension that overcame their opponents.

It was a matter of time before the home side scored. The goal their start warranted, fired sweetly home by Trossard, the end product of another superbly masterminded move.

Tottenham was like a rabbit caught in the headlights. Unfortunately for Mourinho’s side, Brighton had no intention of taking their foot off the accelerator.

Outmuscled. Out-thought. Outwitted.

Mourinho struggled to put a positive turn on his side’s performance by concentrating on a few signs of fight in the second half.

Sometimes players suffer from self-esteem – but the good thing – despite the loss I saw a different team with a different spirit in the second,’ said the Spurs boss.

Spurs’ reshuffled attack in Kane’s absence. Gareth Bale, making a rare Premier League start, a shadow of the player we know. He suffered the ignominy of being substituted just after the hour mark.

Steven Bergwijn and Heung-min Son weren’t much better.

Bale’s major contribution was to clear Lewis Dunk’s bullet header from Gross’ corner off the line in the 37th minute.

A two-goal lead wouldn’t have flattered Brighton. They were excellent, flowing with quality. Adam Webster was looking increasingly stable in defence for Brighton, surely England crew are keeping an eye on his progress.

And in attack Neal Maupay, Alexis McAllister and Trossard were particularly outstanding as Brighton won their first home league game in 15 attempts.

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