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Brighton 1-2 Tottenham REPORT: Harry Kane back on the scoresheet as Spurs edge out Seagulls

Harry Kane ended his goal drought and Tottenham swerved a fourth defeat in a row with a gritty 2-1 victory at Brighton that just about answered the critics.

Kane hadn’t scored in any competition – and Spurs hadn’t won – since a 3-0 romp at Manchester United back in August.

But just as the knives were out and manager Mauricio Pochettino seemed to be losing his rang, Spurs found a way to eek out a victory on the south coast..

It wasn’t pretty, it wasn’t convincing and looked unlikely until a stupid handball from Brighton’s Glenn Murray gifted Kane a 42nd minute chance to score from the spot.

But Spurs ground it out and, after Eric Lamela made it 2-0, they are now up to fifth in the table, only six points behind leaders Liverpool.

Even if Brighton, who grabbed an injury-time consolation through Anthony Knockaeart, didn’t deserve it.

Thanks for joining our commentary this evening. Until next time, goodbye.

Tottenham get back to winning ways in the Premier League, ending a run of three-straight defeats in all competitions. Harry Kane ended his goal drought of three matches, scoring from the penalty spot in the first half. Brighton spurned chances to get back into the game in the second period, with Anthony Knockaert firing a tame effort at Paulo Gazzaniga. Erik Lamela came off the bench to secure the three points, despite a late strike from Knockaert. The result moves Tottenham above Manchester United into fifth place, while Brighton sit in 13th after six matches.
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FULL-TIME: BRIGHTON AND HOVE ALBION 1-2 TOTTENHAM
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SAVE! Knockaert is left alone on the right flank once again. He goes for goal from the edge of the box and his effort is deflected towards the net. Fortunately for Spurs, the deflection takes the pace off the ball and Gazzaniga makes a comfortable save.
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GOALLLLLLLLLLLLL!!!! KNOCKAERT GETS A GOAL BACK!!! 2-1!!! Brighton couldn’t, could they? Tottenham are exposed on the counter as Duffy sends a punt upfield. For some reason Knockaert is all alone on the right flank. He raids into the box before firing at goal on his left foot, planting his effort past Gazzaniga into the corner. Game on.
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Duffy punts a long ball up field and Knockaert collects on the right flank and scores.
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SAVE! Kane breaks into the box down the right inside channel, but he cannot score his second as Ryan makes a good low stop to deny the forward.
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Brighton press for a consolation goal, but Montoya’s low drive from outside of the box is safely gathered by Gazzaniga.
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There will be four minutes of added time.
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SAVE! Kane bursts into the box down the left inside channel and he wraps his left foot around a powerful strike. Ryan is once again equal to the effort before Dunk clears behind for a corner.
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Alli sends a dangerous low ball to the back post that Ryan chooses to let go. Kane just cannot reach the ball at the back stick, watching it trickle out for a goal-kick.
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SAVE! Kane collects in the left inside channel and he carves out half a yard of space to fire at goal, but Ryan gets his body behind the strike to make the save before gathering at the second attempt.
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It has been a composed performance from Tottenham, although at times they have ridden their luck at the back. Knockaert could well have equalised and his miss could have been a turning point.
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Lamela goes for goal from distance, but it’s a routine save for Ryan between the sticks. Tottenham are still pushing forward, but it appears the Seagulls will not be able to mount a comeback for the third game on the bounce.
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Jahanbakhsh has a probe down the right flank and tries to fire a low ball into the box, but Alderweireld sends it into touch. Brighton have to up the ante.
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Locadia comes on to the field as Brighton chase the game, replacing Bissouma.
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Alli replaces Lucas for Spurs, making his first appearance in two matches after suffering a hamstring injury.
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GOALLLLLLLLll!!!! LAMELA FINDS THE NET!!! SPURS 2-0!!! Tottenham score the crucial second goal to take the game away from the home side. Spurs move the ball well down the left as Lucas feeds Rose. The full-back sends a pinpoint cross into the middle for Lamela. The Argentine takes the strike on first time, placing his effort beyond the reach of Ryan into the bottom corner. A fine finish.
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Rose has been impressive going forward and he notches an assist after making a good run, supplying Lamela with a low cross.

GOOOAAALLL

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Rose is brought down by a poor challenge from Bissouma, which results in the Brighton man heading into the book.
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A curious change for the home side as Jahanbakhsh replaces March, who had been playing well on the left, although he did have issues with his final ball.
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OVER! Knockaert swings yet another corner into the box and Dunk beats the attention of Dier in the middle to head at goal, but he can only guide his effort over the bar.
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Eriksen almost works the ball into Kane in the box, but his offload just has too much pace for the forward to reach on the stretch.
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Brighton have come to life in the second half and are putting the visitors under real pressure. Trippier is struggling on the flank for Pochettino’s men.
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Kane has scored more penalties than any other player in the Premier League since the start of the 2015-16 season (13 penalties).
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Lamela replaces Son for the visitors.
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CHANCE! Knockaert has to score! Kayal puts Trippier under pressure and he wins the ball in the final third. He offloads to Knockaert in the left inside channel, who uses a brilliant piece of skill to beat Alderweireld. However, the Frenchman can only fire a tame effort straight at Gazzaniga, wasting the opportunity.

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