Brighton & Hove Albion suffered a 2-0 defeat to Tottenham Hotspur on Wednesday evening at Wembley Stadium - here are five things to take from the contest.
A slice of misfortune
Tottenham Hotspur’s two goals at Wembley on Wednesday evening came at the end of either half of the contest. Serge Aurier’s cross fortuitously found it’s way into the back of the net at the far post, before Heung-Min Son’s late header deflected off Davy Propper from close range to seal the contest.
Anthony knocking on the door
A return to the side for the Frenchman saw him look Albion’s biggest threat in the opening period of the contest. The midfielder twice picked up possession on the halfway line and weaved past Tottenham Hotspur challenges to set up attacks, and looked bright at the national stadium.
Tomer Hemed had the Seagulls’ best chance of the game midway through the second half, when he fired towards goal and forced Hugo Lloris into a save. It was a rare opening in the contest for the visitors, and Chris Hughton conceded afterwards that chances such as this one need to be taken advantage of against such calibre of opposition.
Ryan to the rescue
The Albion keeper pulled off a remarkable save in the second half to keep the score at 1-0, when a combination of both him and Shane Duffy denied Harry Kane and then Heung-Min Son – the offside flag was up but the defensive duo weren’t to know.
The Israeli played his first Premier League minutes against the North London side on Wednesday evening – 78 in fact. The central midfielder had been out of the side since breaking his leg four days before the start of the campaign, and his return now gives manager Chris Hughton plenty of options in that area of the field.