Tottenham’s miserable week continued as they followed their Champions League humiliation at the hands of Bayern Munich with a damaging defeat at Brighton.

After their 7-2 drubbing in midweek, Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino was expecting a response from his players, only for goalkeeper Hugo Lloris to gift Neal Maupay a bizarre opener.

The Spurs captain suffered a freak arm injury in the process, and Aaron Connolly compounded Tottenham’s problems by doubling Brighton’s lead on his first Premier League start.

And although Spurs made a positive start to the second half, Connolly killed off any hope of them launching a fightback as the 19-year-old Irish striker produced a well-taken strike for his second goal to seal Brighton’s first home win since March.

Tottenham have now failed to win in their last away 10 games in the Premier League, stretching back to a 2-1 victory at Fulham on 20 January.

Last week’s home win against Southampton offered Spurs some relief after being dumped out of the Carabao Cup by League Two Colchester but the pressure is mounting on Pochettino with his side having now taken 11 points from a possible 24 this term.

After being at fault for Southampton’s goal last Saturday, Lloris committed another glaring error in just the third minute as he tried to catch a Pascal Gross cross instead of tipping it over the crossbar and his momentum saw him stagger backwards into his own goal.

The France captain dropped the ball before he crossed the goalline, allowing compatriot Maupay to head home, but injured his arm as he tried to break his fall and had to be replaced by Paulo Gazzaniga.

And although the substitute keeper blocked a close-range effort by Connolly, the youngster slammed in the rebound.

Lewis Dunk then released Connolly down the left and he cut inside before firing inside the far post to secure Brighton’s second win of the season.

It was also Graham Potter’s first win at the Amex, lifting the Seagulls to 12th before the afternoon kick-offs, with Tottenham set to slip out of the top six.

Tottenham in crisis?

Hugo Lloris

Questions were being asked after Tottenham’s Carabao Cup exit but having conceded 10 goals in five days, Spurs are now bordering on a crisis.

Pochettino has become one of the most coveted managers in Europe during his first five years in charge, with his side gradually improving each year and reaching last season’s Champions League final. Yet just four months on, Spurs were jeered off at their palatial new home after the defeat to Bayern.

Pochettino is facing the most searching questions of his Tottenham tenure, admitting that “sometimes critics can make you realise you need to wake up”. And if that second-half capitulation against Bayern wouldn’t act as a wake-up call, then what would?

Lloris’ early howler hardly helped their cause and it then took time for them to regroup.

On Friday, Pochettino said he has no doubt over the commitment of his players, particularly those in the final year of their contract such as Christian Eriksen, Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen, the latter pair retaining their places despite shortcomings being ruthlessly exposed in midweek.

There was no questioning Vertonghen’s desire to put his body on the line, blocking Dale Stephens’ goalbound volley with his head before needing treatment after a clash of heads with Maupay. But just as it looked like Spurs had got a foothold in the game, they conceded a second.

Alderweireld was then found wanting after the break as he stood off Connolly, turning his back as the youngster cut inside before finding the bottom corner.

And while Eriksen had another quiet game in midfield, he was not alone.

His tame long-range strike was Tottenham’s only shot on target in the first half, and although Spurs won three corners in quick succession at the start of the second half, they still couldn’t muster an effort on goal.

Later on, the ball squirmed away from Son Heung-min in the box while Harry Kane fired over, before substitute Lucas Moura was twice denied by Mat Ryan as Spurs failed even to claim a consolation, seemingly leaving Pochettino and Spurs at a crossroads.

More to follow.

Line-ups

Brighton

  • 1Ryan
  • 22Montoya
  • 15Webster
  • 5DunkBooked at 89mins
  • 33Burn
  • 13Groß
  • 46AlzateSubstituted forBongat 88′minutes
  • 6StephensBooked at 57minsSubstituted forMurrayat 90′minutes
  • 18Mooy
  • 7Maupay
  • 44ConnollySubstituted forBissoumaat 80′minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Bong
  • 8Bissouma
  • 14Balogun
  • 16Jahanbakhsh
  • 17Murray
  • 20March
  • 27Button

Tottenham

  • 1LlorisSubstituted forGazzanigaat 8′minutes
  • 17Sissoko
  • 4Alderweireld
  • 5Vertonghen
  • 33Davies
  • 28NdombeleSubstituted forWinksat 45′minutes
  • 15DierBooked at 55mins
  • 11Lamela
  • 23Eriksen
  • 7Son Heung-MinSubstituted forLucas Mouraat 73′minutes
  • 10Kane

Substitutes

  • 6D Sánchez
  • 8Winks
  • 20Alli
  • 21Foyth
  • 22Gazzaniga
  • 27Lucas Moura
  • 29Skipp
Referee:
Jonathan Moss
Attendance:
30,610

Match Stats

Home TeamBrightonAway TeamTottenham
Possession
Home48%
Away52%
Shots
Home17
Away8
Shots on Target
Home6
Away3
Corners
Home4
Away4
Fouls
Home11
Away7

Live Text

Match ends, Brighton and Hove Albion 3, Tottenham Hotspur 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Brighton and Hove Albion 3, Tottenham Hotspur 0.

Foul by Dan Burn (Brighton and Hove Albion).

Erik Lamela (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Brighton and Hove Albion. Glenn Murray replaces Dale Stephens.

Booking

Lewis Dunk (Brighton and Hove Albion) is shown the yellow card.

Substitution

Substitution, Brighton and Hove Albion. Gaëtan Bong replaces Steven Alzate.

Attempt blocked. Erik Lamela (Tottenham Hotspur) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Lucas Moura.

Attempt saved. Lucas Moura (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Harry Kane.

Attempt saved. Pascal Groß (Brighton and Hove Albion) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Neal Maupay.

Attempt saved. Lucas Moura (Tottenham Hotspur) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Erik Lamela.

Foul by Martín Montoya (Brighton and Hove Albion).

Lucas Moura (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Brighton and Hove Albion. Yves Bissouma replaces Aaron Connolly because of an injury.

Foul by Christian Eriksen (Tottenham Hotspur).

Steven Alzate (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Erik Lamela (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Aaron Mooy (Brighton and Hove Albion).

Foul by Dale Stephens (Brighton and Hove Albion).

Harry Winks (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Dan Burn (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Moussa Sissoko (Tottenham Hotspur).

Substitution

Substitution, Tottenham Hotspur. Lucas Moura replaces Son Heung-Min.

Attempt missed. Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur) left footed shot from the right side of the box is too high. Assisted by Erik Lamela.

Attempt missed. Christian Eriksen (Tottenham Hotspur) left footed shot from outside the box is too high following a corner.

Corner, Tottenham Hotspur. Conceded by Lewis Dunk.

Goal!

Goal! Brighton and Hove Albion 3, Tottenham Hotspur 0. Aaron Connolly (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from the left side of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Lewis Dunk.

Pascal Groß (Brighton and Hove Albion) hits the bar with a right footed shot from a difficult angle and long range on the left from a direct free kick.

Aaron Mooy (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Moussa Sissoko (Tottenham Hotspur).

Attempt missed. Dale Stephens (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses the top right corner. Assisted by Pascal Groß following a corner.

Corner, Brighton and Hove Albion. Conceded by Toby Alderweireld.

Foul by Ben Davies (Tottenham Hotspur).

Aaron Connolly (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt blocked. Christian Eriksen (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Booking

Dale Stephens (Brighton and Hove Albion) is shown the yellow card.

Erik Lamela (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Dale Stephens (Brighton and Hove Albion).

Booking

Eric Dier (Tottenham Hotspur) is shown the yellow card.

Corner, Brighton and Hove Albion. Conceded by Moussa Sissoko.