Supporters of Tottenham have this evening taken to social media in numbers to take aim at defender Serge Aurier, after the Ivorian’s foul saw Brighton level things up from the penalty spot.
The two sides went head to head 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.
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:
— Brighton & Hove Albion ⚽ (@OfficialBHAFC) April 17, 2018
Mauricio Pochettino, meanwhile, opted for a hefty 6 changes to his side:
— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) April 17, 2018
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.
The second-half , though, could hardly have started out in any more contrasting fashion to the first, with Harry Kane having handed the lead to visitors Spurs in the 48th-minute.
After Brighton gave the ball away cheaply deep in their own half, Victor Wanyama’s touch through was latched onto by Heung-min Son, who did brilliantly to dance his way along the endline before laying off to Kane, who in turned smashed home courtesy of a deflection from Seagulls’ defender Bruno on the line.
Incredibly, though, Brighton equalized just minutes later, after Serge Aurier’s foul on Jose Izquierdo in the Spurs’ box saw a penalty awarded to the hosts, with Pascal Groß having stepped up to slot home the ensuing spot-kick.
This was how things ended, with the fixture decided by a hectic 2-minute spell just after the interval.
Unsurprisingly, Tottenham’s supporters were none-too-impressed by their side’s performance, with one player having born the brunt of the abuse online in the time since:
How many pens has Aurier given away this season? Fucking state.
— Daniel. (@Danderweireld) April 17, 2018
Competition between Aurier and Hugo to cost us the most points this season
— Jake. (@YedIin) April 17, 2018
Get Aurier out of the club NOW.
— tehTrunk (@tehTrunk) April 17, 2018
Some might say it’s an overreaction but it genuinely isn’t! How many times has this guy made an error when he has played or looked likely to make an error? Simply dreadful #Aurier
— Gards (@Gards44) April 17, 2018
Soft penalty, but Lloris getting a gammy hand to a penalty Serge Aurier gave away feels like 60% of our Review Of The Season
— Tom (@TomFoins) April 17, 2018
Aurier is fucking shit. Such a liability just fuck off out the club! #BHATOT
— Ryan Lock (@RyanLock25) April 17, 2018
Aurier has given away 3 penalties and got a red card I remember some saying he was an upgrade on walker he isn’t even an upgrade on naughtan
— yid (@yidoo90) April 17, 2018
Has Aurier got a brain???
— Carly Bourne (@carlybourne3) April 17, 2018
Serge Aurier | Fouls & Foul Throws | 2017/2018 [HD]
— Jonny Sharples (@JonnyGabriel) April 17, 2018
Aurier out. So sick of this. Imagine thinking he’s even half as good as Trippier.
— KerryCOYS 💙 (@ElectricEriksen) April 17, 2018
Aurier when he’s playing right back and hasn’t given away a pen yet pic.twitter.com/YmMgS44Uqa
— Zack (@CoolbreezeCOYS) April 17, 2018
Sell aurier now
— Will (@RealDGGHD) April 17, 2018