Midway by way of Thursday’s contest between Tottenham Hotspur and lowly Brighton and Hove Albion, it seemed as if Spurs have been headed towards a second consecutive dwelling defeat.
Adam Webster had the guests up a aim on the break, his header shortly earlier than halftime the one aim of the opening 45 minutes after the video assistant referee had nullified Tottenham captain Harry Kane’s obvious opener earlier on. It appeared as if it might be that form of day.
However Kane pulled the hosts stage within the 53rd minute, and Dele Alli scored the eventual winner in a 2-1 victory with lower than 20 minutes to play to assist supervisor Jose Mourinho keep away from a 3rd defeat in 5 video games.
Kane’s strike got here after Seagulls keeper Mathew Ryan stopped his preliminary shot with a wonderful save. However the England striker made no mistake on the rebound, swiveling his physique to volley the ball contained in the close to submit together with his left foot.
The tally marked Kane’s fifth consecutive Boxing Day aim for Spurs. However the true reward for Mourinho and Co. was Alli’s chic effort within the 72nd minute. Second half substitute Christian Eriksen performed an ideal ball over the Brighton backline to Serge Aurier.
The fitting again performed a move again to Alli, who did the heavy lifting by looping the ball, with one contact, over Ryan and into the side-netting. At that time, Tottenham was effectively on its strategy to a a lot needed-win after dropping to Chelsea at dwelling three days earlier than Christmas:
The victory boosted Spurs from seventh to fifth place within the Prem standings, no less than briefly; Sheffield United and Wolverhampton Wanderers play later Thursday and Friday, respectively.
Meantime, the loss for Brighton dropped them from thirteenth into the relegation zone. It was the reeling Seagulls’ fifth defeat in eight video games.
After two straight matches at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, Mourinho’s aspect will journey to Norwich Metropolis on Saturday. Brighton additionally faces a beatable opponent subsequent, with fellow struggler Bournemouth scheduled to go to for Saturday’s early match.
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