Post Match report for the Tottenham game - Sunday, 1st November 2020

PREMIER LEAGUE 20/21: Spurs v Brighton - 1/11/20, P7.


ALBION COME UP SHORT IN NORTH LONDON

RESULT: 2-1 ~ Lamptey . (h-t 1-0) . SHAPE: 5-3-1-1


VENUE: Hotspurs Stadium, Tottenham - fourth away match of seven fixtures to date. Contest played behind closed doors as per current covid precautions.
BUILD UP: thoughts of fans returning to stadiums disappeared with renewed lockdown enforcements.
Meanwhile BHA supporters who had written to MPs were perhaps more concerned with being perpetually stuck in the bottom six, with no way out anytime soon.
WEATHER: mild but wet evening.

GRAHAM POTTER was taking positives from a new reality, which is creditable in present circumstances. However old habits from cause & effect still permeated what has been happening for negative outcomes thus far.
In the event Sanchez made his debut in goal and Zeqiri & Propper were among substitutes. Maupay, Connolly and Steele were missing altogether.

TEAM . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Sanchez
. 2 Lamptey, 4 Webster, 34 Veltman, 33 Burn, 20 March
. . . . . . . . . 8 Bissouma, 3 White, 14 Lallana
. . . . . . . . . . 13 Gross . . . . . . . . 11 Trossard

BENCH: 1 Ryan, 30 Bernardo (65), 17 Alzate, 10 Mac Allister (74), 24 Propper, 29 Zeqiri, 18 Welbeck (79).


GOALS: 1-0 - 13. Poor attempts to clear the ball from Seagulls area was referred to VAR. The spot kick is a formality.
1-1 - 56. March regains the ball and continues to attack... the ball arrives for LAMPTEY to bag a leveller. Ref checks his screen at length to confirm.
2-1 - 73. At a foray forward, travellers are caught cold in rearguard as Spurs sub rises to receive a free header.


INCIDENTS: 23 - Trossard goes down in the box but VAR check says goal-kick. 32 - Trossard on target... o/s.
65 - Sanchez palms away a shot that goes behind. 69 - hosts hit an upright.

YELLOWS: 45+ Burn, foul.

SUBS: 65 - Bernardo for injured March. 74 - Mac Allister for Lamptey. 79 - Welbeck for Trossard.


SYNOPSIS: conceding yet again from another set piece, in this case a fourth penalty in seven contests, put Albion on the back foot from word go. Visitors response was laudable, although lacked serious threats bar what was carried functionally to very edge of the box.
It seemed like history repeating; chasing the game, trying too hard to equalise from holding possession but failing to penetrate opposition.
During the second period, travellers got back on terms after the hour mark. But amidst timely changes by both elevens, locals net another soft goal, restoring the lead.
So visitors trailed again and fail in the end against a big six opponent, who did not have to deliver a classic performance, merely individual quality and head-to-head nous to gain victory.
On the night it was a case of more work in progress.

NUMBERS: poss 44%-56%, on target 3-2, off target 6-4, corners 4-5, fouls 14-13, yellows 2-1, subs 3-3.

FS


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