Antonio Conte’s Tottenham Hotspur got their post-international break form firmly back on track on Saturday, courtesy of a hard-fought victory at Brighton & Hove Albion.
The Lilywhites marked their return to action a short time ago.
Fresh off a concerning North London Derby defeat at the hands of fierce rivals Arsenal last weekend, and an ensuing stalemate in Europe in midweek, Spurs made the trip to England’s south coast, for a meeting with high-flying Brighton.
And, when all was said and done, a solitary strike on the part of talisman Harry Kane proved the difference in an affair which saw the evening’s hosts dominate in terms of both possession, and shots at goal.
The decisive moment was forthcoming with 22 minutes on the clock, when England international Kane did superbly to direct home Son Heung-min’s dangerous delivery from the right:
Brighton, to their credit, pushed hard for an equaliser as proceedings rolled on, but ultimately saw their efforts come up short in the face of a stout Tottenham backline.
The latter, in turn, remain 3rd in the Premier League table, but now just a solitary point adrift of Arsenal above them, ahead of the Gunners’ impending showdown with Liverpool on Sunday.
Brighton & Hove Albion
Robert Sanchez - 5.5, Joel Veltman - 5, Lewis Dunk - 6, Adam Webster - 6, Solly March - 5.5, Alexis MacAllister - 7, Moises Caicedo - 6.5, Pervis Estupinan - 5.5, Pascal Gross - 6, Leandro Trossard - 5, Danny Welbeck - 6
Hugo Lloris - 6.5, Cristian Romero - 6, Eric Dier - 6, Ben Davies - 6.5, Matt Doherty - 6.5, Ryan Sessegnon - 6, Yves Bissouma - 5, Rodrigo Bentancur - 5.5, Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg - 6.5, Son Heung-min - 7.5, Harry Kane - 7