Tottenham finally put an end to their losing streak against Brighton on the south coast yesterday, securing a 2-1 win and all three point in the Premier League.
Spurs now move ahead of both Manchester United, who drew to Wolves yesterday, and Arsenal, who play Everton later today.
Before Brighton, Spurs had lost three in a row to Watford, Liverpool and Inter Milan, leading two of these matches at the death only to have all three points stolen away.
Harry Kane both opened the scoring, and ended his mini goal drought yesterday evening as he slammed home a penalty after Trippier’s free kick was blocked by the hand of Glenn Murray.
Erik Lamela then came off the bench to sweep home a Danny Rose cross from the left to make it two.
Tottenham had chances to make it 3-0 before the final whistle, and it should have been a nice, comfortable win, but in typical Spurs fashion, there was a late defensive scare.
Knockaert pulled one back for Brighton two minutes into injury time, having yet another clear opportunity to curl an equaliser home just one minute after.
All of Tottenham’s hard work could have been undone in an instant, which showed across manager Pochettino’s face.
BT Sport pundit and ex-Tottenham gaffer Harry Redknapp slammed Man of the Match Danny Rose for his role in the conceded goal, which came down his left-hand-side.
Redknapp claimed that Rose should not have galivanted forward at 2-0 up: “Absolutely. Then he shouldn’t be going forward. If he is exhausted, stay where you are. Defend first and foremost. Keep a clean sheet.”
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