EFL Cup - Fourth Round
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Tottenham Hotspur 2-0 Brighton & Hove Albion

Tottenham
Erik Lamela has scored three goals in his last three games for Tottenham
  • Lamela comes off the bench to score
  • Kane scores his eighth goal in 11 games
  • Clattenburg the referee at White Hart Lane

Second-half goals from Erik Lamela and Harry Kane sent Tottenham into the quarter-finals of the League Cup at the expense of Championship side Brighton.

Winger Lamela, on at half-time, swept in from Robert Soldado's pass.

Brighton had a penalty appeal waved away soon after when Kazenga LuaLua fell in the area, and Kane stabbed in a rebound later on to seal Spurs' win.

Mark Clattenburg, dropped from officiating this weekend for breaches of protocol, was referee for the game.

The 39-year-old had found himself in trouble on Wednesday after leaving last Saturday's 1-1 draw between West Brom and Crystal Palace alone to attend an Ed Sheeran concert. He also broke Premier League rules by speaking on the phone to Crystal Palace boss Neil Warnock.

But aside from the decision not to award Brighton a penalty, Clattenburg kept himself largely out of the spotlight at White Hart Lane.

Instead, the focus was on Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino who, after winning his first four games in charge of Spurs, had overseen just two victories from the club's six fixtures before the visit of Brighton.

They have won only three league games at home all season, with Pochettino claiming the small size of the White Hart Lane pitch is stifling his side's attacking ability.

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Hyypia on Tottenham v Brighton

They certainly found themselves stifled by a well-organised Brighton defence in a first half of few chances - the best of those falling to Soldado, whose well-struck effort was saved by 18-year-old keeper Christian Walton.

Pochettino made a change at the start of the second half, with Aaron Lennon replaced by Lamela, and the substitute made a swift impact, exchanging passes with Soldado before sweeping a low shot into the far corner.

The goal forced Championship strugglers Brighton to abandon their defensive tactics and push forward, and the game could have followed a different path had Clattenburg decided to award the visitors a penalty when Lualua fell in the area under a challenge from Federico Fazio.

Play was waved on, however, and any hopes Brighton had of progressing were ended when Kane poked in from close range after Soldado's shot had been saved to secure Tottenham's passage to the last eight.

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino:

"We are in the quarter-finals. All potential trophies are realistic. We are in the League Cup and the Europa League and we are happy.

"It was a good performance. We created a lot of chances and played very well.

"I'm happy for the players because they needed the victory. All players played well."

Brighton manager Sami Hyypia:

"We knew that it was going to be difficult to come here.

"Tottenham are a good team with a lot of good players in their side. If they make some changes it is going to be a good player anyway.

"We were thinking we would be on the defensive side and I'm very happy with the work-rate and the effort the players put on the pitch."

Mark Clattenburg
The referee was Mark Clattenburg, centre, who will not officiate this weekend after two breaches of protocol
Tottenham
Brighton boss Sami Hyypia, left, has won just four of 17 games in charge while Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino has overseen only three Premier League wins this season
Harry Kane
Harry Kane has scored eight goals in 11 games this season for Spurs

Line-ups

Tottenham

  • 13Vorm
  • 16Naughton
  • 21FazioBooked at 32mins
  • 5Vertonghen
  • 33Davies
  • 17TownsendSubstituted forChadliat 81'minutes
  • 25Stambouli
  • 19Dembélé
  • 7LennonSubstituted forLamelaat 45'minutes
  • 9Soldado
  • 18KaneSubstituted forPaulinhoat 85'minutes

Substitutes

  • 6Chiriches
  • 8Paulinho
  • 11Lamela
  • 15Dier
  • 22Chadli
  • 24Friedel
  • 38Mason

Brighton

  • 31Walton
  • 14Calderon
  • 4Hughes
  • 5Dunk
  • 15Chicksen
  • 22Holla
  • 24Ince
  • 18Forster-CaskeySubstituted forGardnerat 65'minutes
  • 20McCourtSubstituted forVilaca Teixeiraat 66'minutes
  • 7Colunga
  • 25Lua LuaSubstituted forMackail-Smithat 88'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Greer
  • 11O'Grady
  • 12Mackail-Smith
  • 16Ankergren
  • 17Vilaca Teixeira
  • 19Gardner
  • 30Bennett
Referee:
Mark Clattenburg
Attendance:
33,537

Match Stats

Home TeamTottenhamAway TeamBrighton
Possession
Home70%
Away30%
Shots
Home27
Away8
Shots on Target
Home7
Away2
Corners
Home15
Away4
Fouls
Home8
Away1

Live Text

  1. Post update

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

  2. Full Time

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

  3. Post update

    Attempt missed. Adrián Colunga (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from the right side of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by João Teixeira following a set piece situation.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Jan Vertonghen (Tottenham Hotspur).

  5. Post update

    Craig Mackail-Smith (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  6. Post update

    Attempt missed. Nacer Chadli (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Paulinho.

  7. Post update

    Offside, Brighton and Hove Albion. Adrián Colunga tries a through ball, but Gary Gardner is caught offside.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Roberto Soldado (Tottenham Hotspur).

  9. Post update

    Íñigo Calderón (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  10. Post update

    Corner, Brighton and Hove Albion. Conceded by Federico Fazio.

  11. Post update

    Corner, Brighton and Hove Albion. Conceded by Federico Fazio.

  12. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Nacer Chadli (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Mousa Dembélé.

  13. Substitution

    Substitution, Brighton and Hove Albion. Craig Mackail-Smith replaces Kazenga Lua Lua.

  14. Post update

    Corner, Tottenham Hotspur. Conceded by Aaron Hughes.

  15. Post update

    Attempt saved. Adrián Colunga (Brighton and Hove Albion) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Kazenga Lua Lua.

  16. Substitution

    Substitution, Tottenham Hotspur. Paulinho replaces Harry Kane.

  17. Post update

    Corner, Tottenham Hotspur. Conceded by Lewis Dunk.

  18. Substitution

    Substitution, Tottenham Hotspur. Nacer Chadli replaces Andros Townsend.

  19. Post update

    Corner, Tottenham Hotspur. Conceded by Adam Chicksen.

  20. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Mousa Dembélé (Tottenham Hotspur) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Kyle Naughton.

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