•   
  •   

Sport Tottenham 2-0 Brighton: Lilywhites Grind Out Victory Against a Resilient Seagulls Side

02:46  14 december  2017
02:46  14 december  2017 Source:   90min.in

Brighton to make bid for Moussa Dembele

  Brighton to make bid for Moussa Dembele Brighton & Hove Albion have reportedly seen Celtic’s Moussa Dembele as their number one transfer target in January, as per the Daily Mail. Brighton are in need of more goals, scoring just 14 so far this campaign, with no side above the Seagulls scoring fewer than that. Chris Hughton was said to have been after Tottenham Hotspur’s Vincent Janssen in the summer to lead the front line. However, he has gone on loan from Spurs to Fenerbahce for the season. Strikers for Brighton include Glenn Murray, who is Albion’s top scorer with five and Tomer Hemed, who is struggling for minutes under his belt in the English top flight. Brighton broke their transfer record to capture Jose Izquierdo from Club Brugge in the summer for £13.5m, but the Dembele deal would see them break that record again. Hughton is reportedly going to offer Brendan Rodgers £20m for the young Frenchman, but Celtic value him at £30m, so the fee is yet to be agreed. Dembele this season, although hit by injury, has still been providing the Hoops with goals, netting two braces in four days at Pittodrie and Easter Road. He also scored in the recent League Cup Final win over Motherwell and the early opener in Paris, so Brighton would certainly be getting a goalscorer. However, whether Dembele goes in January or not is another matter. The 21-year-old has his whole career ahead of him, but it is to be seen if the wanted man will remain in Glasgow.

Tottenham Grinds Out Victory Against a Resilient Brighton Side . Brighton 's game plan was working to perfection, Tottenham had lost some of their early intensity and the home fans were becoming increasingly frustrated with the Lilywhites ' laboured approach particularly in their passing.

LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 13: Matias Ezequiel Schelotto of Brighton and Hove Albion is put under pressure by Danny Rose of Tottenham Hotspur during the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Brighton and Hove Albion at Wembley Stadium on December 13

a man with a football ball: Tottenham Hotspur v Brighton and Hove Albion - Premier League © Julian Finney/GettyImages Tottenham Hotspur v Brighton and Hove Albion - Premier League

Tottenham Hotspur ultimately disposed of a determined Brighton and Hove Albion with a fortunate goal from defender Serge Aurier and a late Son Heung-min header which sent the spirited Seagulls back to the south coast pointless. The win for Spurs sees them back in the top four with the colossal battle against Manchester City at the Etihad awaiting on Saturday. 

Both sides came into this fixture on a run of indifferent form; Tottenham had won their last two at their temporary home having recently defeated APOEL Nicosia and Stoke City, although overall had only won one of their last five league games. Chris Hughton's Brighton have adjusted well to the demands of the Premier League, although they find themselves in the middle of a testing run and have not won any of their last five games, losing three. 

WATCH: Premier League goals

  WATCH: Premier League goals Watch goals and highlights from Saturday's Premier League games, including wins for Tottenham, West Ham and Leicester. Anybody in the UK can view the highlights for free, but you will need to create a free Sky iD - you can do that HERE.Scroll down for highlights from all of the Premier League matches this weekend...SaturdayWest Ham 1-0 ChelseaAntonio Conte's dismal London derby form continued as West Ham beat Chelsea 1-0 to hand David Moyes his first victory as Hammers boss.

Brighton 's game plan was working to perfection, Tottenham had lost some of their early intensity and the home fans were becoming increasingly frustrated with the Lilywhites ' laboured approach particularly in their passing.

Keep an eye out for David Hytner’s match report on these here pages, in the meantime. From the corner, Alderweireld shoots into the side netting. Brighton ’s Shane Duffy looks on disparingly as the heads towards the goal Goal! Brighton 0 -1 Tottenham (Kane 48).

a man wearing glasses: Tottenham Hotspur v Brighton and Hove Albion - Premier League © Julian Finney/GettyImages Tottenham Hotspur v Brighton and Hove Albion - Premier League

Mauricio Pochettino made four changes to the team which defeated Stoke City with Serge Aurier, Danny Rose, Moussa Sissoko and Erik Lamela all starting for Spurs. For Brighton, they made five changes and were looking to get the 2-0 defeat to Huddersfield Town out of their system with Gaeton Bong, Beram Kayal, Jose Izquierdo, Anthony Knockaert and Tomer Hemed all included as Chris Hughton's side tried to nullify Tottenham's strengths. 

The game started with Spurs very much on the front foot and forcing their opponents back, although Brighton were content to keep things tight initially without being too adventurous. Spurs comfortably maintained possession passing the ball around, but without really being able to penetrate the visitors and testing Australian Matt Ryan in Brighton's goal. 

Kane: Spurs 'were on fire' against Stoke

  Kane: Spurs 'were on fire' against Stoke The Tottenham striker scored his 50th goal for club and country in 2017, and hailed the team for their masterclass against the Potters on SaturdayHarry Kane hailed Tottenham for being "on fire" in their 5-1 demolition of Stoke City at Wembley.

Tottenham 2 Brighton 0 . Aurier (40' minutes) It was a harsh way to concede for Albion, who had put in a well-organised defensive display in pursuit of a first win in six matches and a first away goal against a side above them in the table.

Tottenham 2 - 0 Brighton : Serge Aurier flukes it for Spurs as Mauricio Pochettino's side move into the top four with struggling Seagulls now winless in six. The good news for Tottenham is that this victory , as painstaking as it was against a limited but stubborn Brighton side , returns Pochettino's

a football player on a field: FBL-ENG-PR-TOTTENHAM-BRIGHTON © ADRIAN DENNIS/GettyImages FBL-ENG-PR-TOTTENHAM-BRIGHTON

Brighton's game plan was working to perfection, Tottenham had lost some of their early intensity and the home fans were becoming increasingly frustrated with the Lilywhites' laboured approach particularly in their passing.  

In the 24th minute the first real opportunity of the match, Spurs' Harry Winks whipped over an inviting cross and Son met it on the half volley. Brighton defender Bong did enough to unsettle the South Korean at the back post and the chance was lost as the ball looped wide.

Tottenham continued to try and assert themselves working well down both flanks, but Brighton were showing great resilience and refused to yield in their defence. Then in the 40th minute, a lucky break for the home team, as Aurier was unfairly challenged by Izquierdo. 

Pochettino: Alderweireld out until February

  Pochettino: Alderweireld out until February Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino has confirmed central defender Toby Alderweireld is still two months away from making his comeback.Toby Alderweireld will not be ready to make his Tottenham comeback until February, while manager Mauricio Pochettino has confirmed there has been no progress on the defender's contract talks.

“Plenty of space down the Watford left side and Erickson fed Son with a low curling cross and Son tapped home for Tottenham . Elsewhere, Nottingham Forest are proving resilient , coming from behind twice against Ipswich. Brighton 0 - 2 Liverpool.

Coco made his first Premier League start in over a year on Wednesday for Tottenham Hotspur against Brighton & Hove Albion, starting and playing 74 minutes against the Seagulls in Spurs’ 2 - 0 win. Can’t see how you leave him out of the side at this point. 4 stars: Elbow to the temple.

The Ivorian stayed strong, while the referee waved play on and the defender curled over a slightly over-hit cross which caught out an unfortunate Ryan and sympathetically dropped in at the far post. 

a group of football players on a field: Tottenham Hotspur v Brighton and Hove Albion - Premier League © Julian Finney/GettyImages Tottenham Hotspur v Brighton and Hove Albion - Premier League

Tottenham deserved their 'fortunate' half time lead as they controlled the half, dominated possession continually working the Seagulls defensively, but without looking overly threatening.  

The second half started very much in the same vein as the first, then in the 51st minute, Kane forced a smart save from Ryan after good work by Rose on the left. Son was there to follow up the rebound, but he was eventually flagged offside. Spurs were pressing with greater urgency to get that all elusive second goal to put themselves out of sight and secure those precious three points.

The home side remained patient with their passing, however, it was that tempo that was causing a lot of their problems as it allowed the visitors to get back into their defensive formation. Brighton themselves were happy to remain in the game for as long as possible without being too adventurous when venturing forward. 

Pochettino: We go to win at City

  Pochettino: We go to win at City Mauricio Pochettino insists his Tottenham side will travel to Man City on Saturday looking to win after they beat Brighton 2-0.Mauricio Pochettino insists his Tottenham side will travel to Manchester City on Saturday looking to win after seeing Spurs beat Brighton 2-0 at Wembley.

Tottenham are in the ascendancy now, making serious ground on the top four, while Manchester United have slipped to 15 Mauricio Pochettino barks out the instructions to his Tottenham side as he ensures their high standards don't drop. England legends celebrate football victory against Sweden.

Brighton 1-1 Tottenham : Pascal Gross penalty cancels out Harry Kane's opener as Seagulls edge Chris Hughton's side battled hard and managed to find a response right after going a goal down in That should have been the signal for Tottenham to cruise to victory , but Brighton had other ideas.

In the 70th minute, Brighton had their best chance as the hard-working striker Tomer Hemed forced Hugo Lloris into a smart save with his legs. It gave the visitors some belief that they could get something from the contest. Placement either side of the French international goalkeeper and the south coast club could quite easily of drawn level.

Finally, in the 88th minute Spurs managed to get their second goal. A well delivered free kick from Christian Eriksen and Son was there to flick in at the near post to double the home side's lead.

The final minutes of the match drew out to its inevitable conclusion. Plucky Brighton didn't really do enough offensively to deserve anything from the contest and Spurs, with that all important late second goal, had settled the outcome of the game. 

WATCH: Premier League goals .
Watch highlights from the weekend's Premier League matches, with victories for Man Utd, Liverpool and Man City.Watch highlights from the weekend's Premier League matches, with victories for Manchester United, Liverpool and Manchester City.

—   Share news in the SOC. Networks
This is interesting!