Mauricio Pochettino

Tottenham fans cry out for one player vs Brighton

Supporters of Tottenham have taken to social media in their numbers this evening to plead with manager Mauricio Pochettino to introduce Mousa Dembele as soon as possible, following a hugely-disappointing first-half performance versus Brighton & Hove Albion.

Matchup

The two sides are currently locked in action at the Amex Stadium, with hosts Brighton having come into proceedings in a respectable 13th-place in the Premier League table, 7 points clear of the relegation zone.

Chris Hughton’s men fell to a disappointing defeat at the hands of Crystal Palace last time out, after seeing their valiant comeback efforts fall short in a 3-2 loss at Selhurst Park.

Tottenham, meanwhile, currently sit 4th in the Premier League table, 7 points clear of London rivals Chelsea, though Mauricio Pochettino’s men fell to a 3-1 loss to champions Manchester City in their last outing.

Teams

The starting lineups of both sides were announced an hour prior to kick-off, with hosts Brighton having made 2 changes to the XI that took on Crystal Palace:

Mauricio Pochettino, meanwhile, opted for a hefty 6 changes to his side:

HT

The opening 45 minutes this evening saw both sides cancel each other out for the most-part, with the likes of Harry Kane, Christian Eriksen and Heung min-Son struggling to make any real impact (until the final minute of the half when the latter forced an excellent save from Matt Ryan).

Brighton, for their part, looked typically solid at the back, and dangerous on occasion on the break through wingers Anthony Knockaert and José Izquierdo.

Missing man

The Tottenham faithful unsurprisingly grew increasingly frustrated as the first-half wore on, with a common theme across Twitter having seen the club’s fans plead with Mauricio Pochettino to introduce Mousa Dembele to add some spark to their lacklustre midfield:

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