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The Fallout: Brighton 3-0 Tottenham highlights and reaction as Graham Potter's boys blow Spurs away to compound Mauricio Pochettino's misery

BTSport.com’s comprehensive take on Brighton's stunning 3-0 victory Tottenham that piles the pressure on manager Mauricio Pochettino.

Tottenham's poor start to the season went from bad to worse at the Amex on Saturday afternoon as Brighton stunned last year's Champions League finalists after another lacklustre showing by Mauricio Pochettino's men.

Pochettino will have been hoping for a response from his side just three days after suffering a humiliating 7-2 defeat to Bayern Munich in midweek. 

But the hosts showed no mercy, scoring three unanswered goals to pile the pressure on Tottenham's Argentinian manager.

The result means Tottenham have now lost 17 games in all competitions in 2019, more than any other top-flight side.

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Man of the match

BT Sport's Glenn Hoddle hailed the performance of 19-year-old Aaron Connolly who defied his tender years with two goals on debut.

"For Brighton, there's been four or five players I've been really impressed with but it's got to be the young man Aaron Connolly. He's been absolutely brilliant, what a debut. I think Graham Potter's found a little gem.

"He's young and finding consistency will be the key but it's been a wonderful performance today."

View from the dugout

Brighton manager Graham Potter was full of praise for his players as the Seagulls ended a run of eight Premier League home games without a win - with a special mention for Aaron Connolly.

"We've been playing quite well recently but you need three point sometimes to give you the confidence in what you're doing

"The supporters were amazing today and it's really nice to get a result for them.

"I thought we attacked well, we defended well, we reacted when we lost the ball: everything we worked in training so I'm delighted for the players.

"Connolloy has been knocking on the door for a while now so I'm obviously delighted for him as a young man with a big future."

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino called for solidarity after the club's 17th defeat of the year, and also provided an update on the condition of goalkeeper Hugo Lloris who was taken to hospital with a serious arm injury.

"He [Hugo Lloris] is in the hospital now. There is no news now and we will wait for communication from the club - but we think he has suffered a bad break in his arm. 

"I think the injury had a massive impact on the game. To concede and lose our captain was a massive, massive emotional impact for the team.

"We tried to find solutions in a difficult moment but we have to keep going.

"I want to say thank you to the fans. I feel sorry for them. It is a massive effort for them to come and support us but now it is difficult to find the words to console them.

"When we were on top we were together. Now we are struggling we need to stay together more than ever.

"This feeling is new for us but the most important thing is that we have the spirit to keep working hard and believing."

View from the dressing room

BT Sport's Des Kelly caught up with Aaron Mooy and the hero of the hour, Aaron Connolly.

Aaron Mooy

"I thought we played really well. The intent from the start was to win the game and we managed to do that, great performance by the team.

"We've played well in most of the games this season but the final touch has not been there. But today we put it all together and a 3-0 home win is the perfect result."

Aaron Connolly

"This is a dream come true. I'm struggling to put it into words. I've been dreaming of this moment since I was four or five years old. To score in the Premier League is indescribable."

Pundits' view

Ex-Chelsea and Liverpool midfielder Joe Cole labelled Tottenham "dreadful" after a second dire performance in the space of three days.

"The club's in disarry. Tottenham have been dreadful: no desire, no heart. Tactically they looked inept and Mauricio Pochettino looked
disinterested on the bench.

"We're getting to the stage where it's the end of the road for this team and this manager.

"These players are not bad players, they're world-class players, but as a group it's fallen apart and something has to change."

Former Tottenham midfielder Jermaine Jenas called on Pochettino's players to pull the club out of the mire.

"I love Mauricio, and I hope he stays, but something needs to change.

"Things seem very stale and he's been at the club for a number of years now. But the club have let him down and the players are not applying themselves.

"Something needs to change, but hopefully that will be the players' mentality rather than the manager."

Key Stats

  • Courtesy of their victory over Tottenham, Brighton ended a run of eight Premier League home games without a win (D3 L5).
  • Tottenham have lost 17 games in all competitions in 2019, more than any other top-flight side.
  • Brighton equalled their biggest-ever margin of victory in a top-flight game and scored more than once in a Premier League home game for the first time in 16 games, since beating Crystal Palace 3-1 in December 2018.
  • Tottenham have conceded 10 goals across their last two games in all competitions for the first time since December 1997 (1-6 loss to Chelsea, 0-4 loss to Coventry).
  • At 2 mins 30 secs, Neal Maupay's opener for Brighton was their fastest-ever goal in the Premier League.
  • Only Asmir Begovic (21) has made more errors leading to goals than Tottenham’s Hugo Lloris (18) in the Premier League since his debut in the competition in October 2012.
  • Subbed off after eight minutes, Tottenham’s Hugo Lloris is the quickest a keeper has been replaced in a Premier League match since the Frenchman himself against Leicester in April 2015 (4 minutes).
  • At 19 years 250 days old, Aaron Connolly is the first teenager ever to start a Premier League game for Brighton and the first teen to score in the league for the Seagulls since Jake Forster-Caskey against Charlton back in April 2014 in the Championship.
  • Brighton striker Aaron Connolly became the 100th player from the Republic of Ireland to score a Premier League goal and the first to score a brace in the competition since Shane Long against Arsenal in December 2015.
  • Brighton’s Aaron Connolly became the first Irish teenager to score a Premier League brace since Robbie Keane did so for Coventry against Derby in August 1999.

Stats provided by Opta

Picture of the game

Remember the name. Connolly laps up the adulation of the Amex crowd after enjoying a dream debut in his first start for Brighton.

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