Gallery: Player Ratings – Brighton 3-0 Tottenham Hotspur

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Lucas Moura came on and shamed the lot of them. He was the only one that made it look as if this was a Spurs team playing against lowly opposition. He ran at pace and had by far and away the two best chances, well taken too. His pride will be telling him ‘if you can’t get a start amongst this shower, time to be off’.

Winks was the second best player after Moura. Again, he doesn’t have to do much for it and he made mistakes too, but at least he ran, was progressive, looked like he cared, like he wanted to play.

We better get used to Gazzaniga. He’s no saviour though. Let in two goals and was arguably at fault for the first of them.

No one needs anyone like me to point out that this was just about the most abject Spurs performance any of us would be able to recall in a very long time. For heaven’s sake, I found myself longing to be watching the debacle against Bayern Munich – at least Spurs offered something at some point in that game and it was Bayern, not Brighton, a team before today who couldn’t buy a win, let alone score a goal.

Hats off, nevertheless, to Brighton who looked class. Likewise, Bayern. Common factor, Spurs, who allowed them both, no, invited them both, to look so very good.

The ‘no’s for Spurs: no application, no movement, no invention, no idea of how they were supposed to play, no clue. Magnificent, the support throughout, who sang with complete absence of irony about ‘super Tottenham’.

A while back, I suggested that when every player underperforms, the manager is to blame, and that is emphatically the case here. Spurs have performed disastrously for nine months (though the slide can be detected in the year or two before that).

But, right now, something is badly wrong, and no one can dismiss this evidence as yet another bad day at the office. The players have stopped playing … with the system … for the manager? The root causes for all that are for discussion another day. Right now, we know we are entering sacking territory.

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