Leandro Trossard’s early winner helped Brighton to their first home win of the season and a deserved 1-0 victory over an uninspired Tottenham at the Amex Stadium.
The Seagulls were entirely dominant in a brilliant first-half performance that defied their league position just above the relegation zone.
Pascal Gross hit the post after just five minutes as the hosts hassled and harried a lethargic Spurs from the front, with Ben White marauding forward from the back.
And they were rewarded for their positive start with a goal after just 17 minutes when the excellent Alexis MacAllister picked out Trossard 12 yards out, rifling past Hugo Lloris on his 350th appearance for Tottenham.
Alexis MacAllister and Yves Bissouma dominated the midfield and the visitors could hardly have played worse in the first 45 minutes. Neal Maupay almost doubled Brighton’s lead from close range, but Jose Mourinho’s men escaped down the tunnel just one goal down at the interval.
The Seagulls continued where they left off and almost had a second when White nudged Gross’ cross goalward forcing a smart save from Lloris.
Spurs improved in the second half but proved lacklustre upfront as they failed to create a single clear-cut opportunity, while the apathetic Gareth Bale on only his second Premier League start was substituted after 60 minutes.
Vinicus forced a great diving save from Brighton shotstopper Robert Sanchez 15 minutes from time, but the Seagulls held on for a win that takes them seven points clear of the relegation zone.
Source: Modern Ghana