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Tottenham Hotspur 2-0 Brighton & Hove Albion

Serge Aurier (in the background, on the floor) scores for Tottenham

Tottenham moved back into the Premier League top four as goals from Serge Aurier and the in-form Son Heung-min helped them to victory over a stubborn Brighton at Wembley.

Spurs dominated both territory and possession from the start but had been frustrated by the visitors until Aurier's cross from the right touchline fortuitously looped over Mat Ryan and into the far top corner of the net to give the Ivory Coast full-back his first goal for the club.

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.

They failed to find either during the second half and their challenge was ended when Son scored for the fourth game running via a stooping header from Christian Eriksen's free-kick.

Erik Lamela - making his first start in over a year following serious hip injury - struck the post with a shot, as did Harry Kane from a free-kick as Spurs claimed a second successive win to move above Liverpool, Burnley and Arsenal.

Brighton remain 13th in the table, but the gap between them and the bottom three has been cut to three points.

Tottenham back on track

Heatmaps - Tottenham (left) and Brighton (right)
The respective heatmaps for the sides - Tottenham on the left, Brighton on the right - illustrates the amount of possession held by the former

Tottenham dropped eight points in their four Premier League games in November - a run of form that dumped them out of the qualification places for the Champions League just as their results in Europe's premier club competition were hitting new heights.

They began the month with an impressive victory over reigning European champions Real Madrid and won at Borussia Dortmund between their league defeat at Arsenal and home draw with West Brom.

Manager Mauricio Pochettino suggested a "lack of focus", brought about by their achievements in Europe, had distracted them from their domestic responsibilities, but two wins in five days suggests they are back on target.

Pochettino made four changes to his side - including dropping Dele Alli to the bench - and they had to show greater patience in this encounter than on Saturday when Stoke capitulated to a 5-1 defeat at Wembley.

After an uninspiring first 40 minutes of few chances, and with the home side's patience threatening to turn to frustration, they were given a slice of luck through Aurier's opener.

However, unlike at the weekend, the floodgates failed to open after the break and Spurs were forced to battle for their three points - a task to which they were equal.

They did not panic when chances came and went and were rewarded when Son claimed his eighth goal of the season to give his side a comfortable final four minutes.

Shot-shy Brighton fail to make an impact

Tomer Hemed attempts a shot
Tomer Hemed has scored twice for Brighton in the Premier League this season

These are worrying times for Brighton.

Like both Newcastle and Huddersfield - the two other teams promoted from the Championship last season - the Seagulls are finding wins very hard to come by as we move towards winter.

Albion are now without a win in five games, having lost the last three.

Chris Hughton's side are well-organised, hard-working and determined - qualities that were again on show at Wembley - but they lack goals and the spark to create them, even with direct attacking players like Anthony Knockaert and Jose Izquierdo, both of whom were recalled to the starting XI.

They have attempted 142 shots so far this season - the fewest of any team in the top flight - and have converted just 14 of them in 17 games.

Their one and only clear opportunity to score on Wednesday fell to Tomer Hemed - in for Glenn Murray up front - but he fired his snap-shot from inside the box straight at Hugo Lloris.

Albion have now failed to score a goal in the six away games they have played against sides currently above them in the league, a group that threatens to grow in number week by week.

Man of the match - Son Heung-min (Tottenham)

Son Heung-min
Son Heung-min has scored in three consecutive Premier League games for the second time, following a run of four back in April

'Sometimes you need luck' - what they said...

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino: "I think it's fantastic for us, three victories in a row (in all competitions) - so important for us. I'm happy with the performance.

On Aurier's goal: "I think he tried to put the ball in there and I think it's fantastic, sometimes you need some luck to score.

"The team deserved it, we dominated the game. We deserved to go to half time winning the game, (the win was important to) believe and fight for the Premier League. We created a lot of chances, it's not easy to play when the opponent play in that formation to try only to stop you to play."

Brighton manager Chris Hughton: "We were always going to be up against it here, with the quality they've got. We went behind to a very fortuitous goal and then we had really good periods in the second half.

"When you're a side like us the chances are going to be minimal, you've got to defend well and I thought for large parts of the game we did that. We've gone down to a poor goal from our point of view. What the lad will say, whether he meant it or not? From our side it looks like a cross that's gone in at the far post."

Spurs warming to Wembley - the stats you need to know

  • After failing to win any of their first three Premier League home games this season, Spurs have won five of their last six at Wembley (D1).
  • Serge Aurier became the first Ivorian to score a Premier League goal for Spurs - they've now had players from nine different African nations score for them, the joint-most in the competition (level with Sunderland).
  • Indeed, Spurs have now had players of 41 different nationalities score in the Premier League for them - a joint-high with Manchester City.
  • Christian Eriksen provided his 42nd Premier League assist - second only to Mesut Ozil (47) since his debut in the competition (in September 2013).
  • Brighton are only the second of the 27 different teams that Harry Kane has faced without scoring in the Premier League (also Cardiff).

What's next?

Brighton host Burnley in the Premier League at 15:00 GMT this Saturday. Tottenham are in action in the evening when they travel to unbeaten league-leaders Manchester City for a 17:30 kick-off.

Line-ups

Tottenham

  • 1Lloris
  • 24Aurier
  • 15Dier
  • 5Vertonghen
  • 3RoseBooked at 45mins
  • 17Sissoko
  • 29WinksSubstituted forDembéléat 67'minutes
  • 11LamelaSubstituted forAlliat 74'minutes
  • 23Eriksen
  • 7Son Heung-minSubstituted forDaviesat 90'minutes
  • 10Kane

Substitutes

  • 2Trippier
  • 13Vorm
  • 18Llorente
  • 19Dembélé
  • 20Alli
  • 21Foyth
  • 33Davies

Brighton

  • 1Ryan
  • 21Schelotto
  • 22Duffy
  • 5Dunk
  • 3Bong
  • 24Pröpper
  • 6Stephens
  • 11KnockaertBooked at 41mins
  • 7KayalSubstituted forGroßat 78'minutes
  • 19IzquierdoSubstituted forMarchat 62'minutes
  • 10HemedSubstituted forMurrayat 72'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Bruno
  • 13Groß
  • 17Murray
  • 18Goldson
  • 20March
  • 26Krul
  • 37Brown
Referee:
Robert Madley
Attendance:
55,124

Match Stats

Home TeamTottenhamAway TeamBrighton
Possession
Home75%
Away25%
Shots
Home25
Away7
Shots on Target
Home8
Away4
Corners
Home10
Away2
Fouls
Home5
Away10

Live Text

Match ends, Tottenham Hotspur 2, Brighton and Hove Albion 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Tottenham Hotspur 2, Brighton and Hove Albion 0.

Substitution

Substitution, Tottenham Hotspur. Ben Davies replaces Son Heung-Min.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Son Heung-Min (Tottenham Hotspur) because of an injury.

Goal!

Goal! Tottenham Hotspur 2, Brighton and Hove Albion 0. Son Heung-Min (Tottenham Hotspur) header from the right side of the six yard box to the top right corner. Assisted by Christian Eriksen with a cross following a set piece situation.

Serge Aurier (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Solly March (Brighton and Hove Albion).

Attempt saved. Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Eric Dier (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Glenn Murray (Brighton and Hove Albion).

Corner, Tottenham Hotspur. Conceded by Shane Duffy.

Attempt blocked. Danny Rose (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Dele Alli.

Serge Aurier (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Solly March (Brighton and Hove Albion).

Son Heung-Min (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Solly March (Brighton and Hove Albion).

Danny Rose (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Anthony Knockaert (Brighton and Hove Albion).

Danny Rose (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Glenn Murray (Brighton and Hove Albion).

Substitution

Substitution, Brighton and Hove Albion. Pascal Groß replaces Beram Kayal.

Attempt missed. Dele Alli (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Christian Eriksen.

Attempt saved. Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Tottenham Hotspur. Dele Alli replaces Erik Lamela.

Attempt blocked. Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Erik Lamela.

Substitution

Substitution, Brighton and Hove Albion. Glenn Murray replaces Tomer Hemed.

Offside, Brighton and Hove Albion. Anthony Knockaert tries a through ball, but Beram Kayal is caught offside.

Attempt blocked. Anthony Knockaert (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Beram Kayal.

Foul by Son Heung-Min (Tottenham Hotspur).

Ezequiel Schelotto (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt saved. Tomer Hemed (Brighton and Hove Albion) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Substitution

Substitution, Tottenham Hotspur. Mousa Dembélé replaces Harry Winks.

Corner, Tottenham Hotspur. Conceded by Lewis Dunk.

Attempt blocked. Son Heung-Min (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Erik Lamela.

Attempt saved. Shane Duffy (Brighton and Hove Albion) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Ezequiel Schelotto with a cross.

Corner, Brighton and Hove Albion. Conceded by Serge Aurier.

Substitution

Substitution, Brighton and Hove Albion. Solly March replaces José Izquierdo.

Corner, Tottenham Hotspur. Conceded by Ezequiel Schelotto.

Offside, Tottenham Hotspur. Harry Kane tries a through ball, but Erik Lamela is caught offside.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Man City17161052114149
2Man Utd17122337112638
3Chelsea17112431141735
4Tottenham1794430141631
5Liverpool1787234201431
6Burnley179441612431
7Arsenal1793530201030
8Leicester177552723426
9Watford176472629-322
10Everton176472129-822
11Southampton174671723-618
12Huddersfield175391229-1718
13Brighton174581423-917
14Bournemouth174491520-516
15Stoke174491936-1716
16Newcastle1743101626-1015
17West Brom172871222-1014
18Crystal Palace173591228-1614
19West Ham173591432-1814
20Swansea173311922-1312
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