I don’t even know what to say. Tottenham Hotspur took the pitch for the first time since being embarrassed at home against Bayern Munich, and got humiliated again, this time to a Brighton & Hove Albion side that’s currently 16th in the table. Aaron Connolly got a brace after Neil Maupay nodded home the opener in the 3rd minute. Spurs could barely manage any good looks at goal themselves, and got run out of the AmEx Community Stadium. The final score was 3-0.
We’re going to do something different today as an experiment. I’m at a swim meet this morning with... questionable wifi, meaning it’s been difficult for me to watch the match with my usual level detail. So instead of a blow-by-blow account of what happened, we’re going to throw in the key moments, give you my man of the match, and skip to immediate post-match reactions. Obviously, this thread is mostly to let you have your usual discussions in the comments anyway.
3’ — Goal Brighton. What looked like a routine clearance ends up fumbled by Hugo Lloris and nodded into the back of the net by Neil Maupay. Hugo looks to have seriously injured his elbow on the play; oxygen is administered to him on the field and he’s eventually stretchered off. Paulo Gazzaniga comes in as his replacement. This is really, really bad. 1-0 to Brighton.
32’ — Goal Brighton. Another keeper error, another goal. This time it’s Gazzaniga who spills a routine save and Connolly is there to tap it in. 2-0 Brighton.
66’ — Goal Brighton. It’s Connolly again as he puts a nice low effort past Gazzaniga. 3-0 down and I have no feeling in my extremities. Is anyone there? Do I exist?
FULL TIME — Blessed, sweet release. The earth still spins upon its axis, presumedly. God is not dead, but God is definitely not here.
Man of the Match
I got nothing, fam. Probably Lucas Moura? He was playing like he had something to prove, which he does. One of the few not-dark spots in this match.
- Hugo’s elbow injury was nasty. Like, really really bad. It’s a freak goal and a freak injury but I wouldn’t be surprised if this is a season-ender for him. Let’s hope not.
- You can understand the team being rattled after Hugo’s injury, but there’s no excuse for the apathetic play by this team going forward. This team is broken.
- I’ll have more to say about this later but this match clinched it for me — Pochettino has got to go. He’s lost the players. It’s time for a change.