Brighton & Hove Albion were undone by goals from Harry Kane and Erik Lamela, as they lost 2-1 to Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday at the Amex Stadium.
A late consolation from Anthony Knockaert gave Albion hope in the closing stages but time ran out on Chris Hughton’s side - here are some key moments from the match on the south coast.
After a lack of clear-cut chances in the first half, Spurs finally found a breakthrough on the stroke of half-time. Glenn Murray was adjudged to have blocked Kieran Trippier’s free-kick with his arm and Tottenham captain Harry Kane duly converted the resulting penalty to hand Mauricio Pochettino’s side the lead.
In the 64th minute, Brighton thought they had found an equaliser after finding some joy going forward. Yves Bissouma’s cross was nodded home by Shane Duffy but unfortunately for the home side it was ruled offside. However, Brighton continued to find space and create chances against the Londoners as they searched for a way to level the score.
The Seagulls continued to put the away side under pressure with Knockaert having an excellent chance to make the score 1-1 in the 67th minute. The Frenchman was in the box and moved the ball on to his right foot to create some space for the resulting shot, but it was straight at Paulo Gazzaniga who saved smartly with his legs.
Second-half substitute Erik Lamela then gave his side a two-goal cushion when, in the 76th minute, the Argentinian capped off an excellent counter attack with a smart finish. Lamela began the move with a run through the middle and comfortably slotted home Danny Rose’s delivery to put Hughton’s men 2-0 down for the third game in a row.
In added time, Albion finally found a way past Gazzaniga with Knockaert netting a well-taken goal. The winger found himself in space on the edge of the box and fired home a powerful, curling strike but unfortunately it was too little too late for the Seagulls, who will know they could have got something from the game.