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REPORT: TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR 2 ALBION 0

13 December 2017

Paul Hazlewood
Harry Kane and Lewis Dunk tussle for possession.
  • Serge Aurier and Heung-Min Son on target for Tottenham
  • Chris Hughton makes five changes to the side that lost to Huddersfield Town
  • Jose Izquierdo and Shane Duffy both go close in the first half
  • Albion are next in action against Burnley on Saturday

Brighton & Hove Albion left Wembley Stadium empty handed, after a 2-0 defeat away at Tottenham Hotspur.

Despite losing their eighth game of the season, Albion could reflect on a much-improved performance from Saturday’s defeat at Huddersfield Town, as goals from Serge Aurier and Heung-Min Son  gave Spurs all three points.

Chris Hughton made five changes to the side that lost 2-0 away at Huddersfield Town on Saturday, as Gaetan Bong, Beram Kayal, Tomer Hemed, Anthony Knockaert and Jose Izquierdo were introduced to the starting line-up.

Tottenham had their first chance inside the opening three minutes, Son Heung-Min cut inside the Albion defence and saw his shot blocked.

After some early Spurs pressure around the edge of the Albion box, the Seagulls broke forward and Jose Izquierdo acrobatically shot over the bar after Ezequiel Schelotto headed the ball back across the box.

Son continued to be an early threat for Spurs and was denied by Shane Duffy’s superb tackle inside the box.

Serge Aurier then had a brilliant chance to break the deadlock for the hosts, but his shot was blocked by Gaetan Bong.

Christian Eriksen twice saw his attempt deflected into the air, but Mathew Ryan was on hand to deny Harry Kane twice inside the box.

Son continued to be a threat for the hosts and a golden opportunity to break the deadlock at the far post from Kane’s flick-on, but the South Korean shot over from close range.

The hosts stepped up the pressure in the first half, as Erik Lamela was allowed time and space outside the box, only to see his curling drive go over the target.

Hughton’s men did make inroads going forward though, and Shane Duffy rose highest inside the box to header Knockaert’s corner towards goal, but Hugo Lloris made a comfortable save.

Spurs’ pressure paid off with 40 minutes on the clock in rather fortuitous fashion, as Aurier beat Izquierdo on the right-hand side and saw his looping cross-shot beat Ryan at the far post.

The deficit was somehow kept at 1-0 when Ryan made an incredible reflex save with his left foot from Kane’s strike, before keeping out Son’s follow-up, which was ruled out for offside.

The Australian shot-stopper then made another fine save moments later to tip away Erik Lamela’s effort.

Knockaert was one of Albion’s main threats on the counter-attack and he played in Hemed, on the edge of the box, but the Israeli’s left-footed strike was easily saved by Lloris.

Albion were enjoying a positive spell in the match and arguably should have been on level terms when Hemed latched onto a loose ball inside the box, but could only shoot straight at Lloris.

Kane came close to doubling Tottenham’s lead with a low strike, before Danny Rose’s strike deflected over the target.

Kane went within the inches of doubling the scores when his free kick cannoned off the post.

The North Londoners did get their second goal to secure the points with two minutes remaining, as Son’s header at the near post from Eriksen’s free-kick took a deflection off Propper before beating Ryan.

The game finished 2-0 to Spurs with Albion three points above the drop zone, heading into Saturday’s clash with high-flying Burnley at the Amex.

Albion line-up: Ryan, Schelotto, Dunk (C), Duffy, Bong; Knockaert, Kayal (Gross 78), Stephens, Propper, Izquierdo (March 62), Hemed (Murray 72).

Subs not used: Krul, Bruno, Goldson, Brown.


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