Opinion: Five things we learned from Tottenham’s 2-1 victory over Brighton

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Jose Mourinho
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Tottenham Hotspur managed to see out a nervy final 20 minutes to secure all three points tonight in the Premier League, thanks to a Gareth Bale winner no less!

Let’s take a look at the five things we learned from the 2-1 win over Brighton:

Gareth Bale!

He’s back! Finally, after that miss against West Ham, Bale is up and running again in a Spurs shirt! Credit to Toby for the cross-field ball and Reguilon for the cross with his weak foot, but the credit will all go to Bale!

Graham Scott? 

I’m still completely lost. How the referee has gone and watched that clip 20 times and come to the conclusion that it wasn’t a foul, I will never know. Hojbjerg was clearly taken out and the goal should not have stood. First the handball against Newcastle, now this. It feels sickeningly harsh. Thank Bale we won it!

Mourinho punishment –

I don’t see it as any coincidence that a number of players who let the side down on Thursday were evicted from the squad tonight. There was no Davinson Sanchez, no Dele Alli, and no Steven Bergwijn. Leaving Carlos Vinicius out felt harsh, to be honest. However, it looks as though Mourinho is trying to breed accountability in his side. Give your all, or don’t play.

Depending on Son and Kane – 

It felt a little bit like Spurs got to see how they can play without a Kane and Son masterclass today. Unfortunately, without the dynamic duo singing from the same hymn sheet, Tottenham looked flat and out of ideas. The Lilywhites dominated for ten minutes, then struggled to link defence and attack for the remainder of the game.

Up to second! 

Spurs are now up to second in the Premier League for the time being. After the handball against Newcastle, it seems only fair that we are back up where we belong.

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