Brighton v Tottenham: Match in pictures
Jose Mourinho believes his side were never able to recover for being “too sad” with conceding the first goal against Brighton on Sunday. Spurs were looking to bounce back immediately after falling to a 3-1 defeat against Liverpool on Thursday.
But Mourinho had to cope without Harry Kane, who picked up an injury in the game against Liverpool.
Gareth Bale was drafted into the starting line-up with Mourinho making a host of changes at the back.
Tottenham though got off to a slow start with Brighton hitting the post inside the opening four minutes.
Brighton continued to push with Tottenham struggling to get the ball forward and the hosts eventually found the opening midway through the first half.
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Pascal Gross found Leandro Trossard with a precise pass into the box with the 26-year-old calmly finishing past Hugo Lloris.
Mourinho vented his frustration on the touchline as Tottenham failed to work their way up the pitch, lacking creativity to break down Graham Potter’s side.
Brighton looked the more likely to find a second and it almost came in the second half only for an almighty goal-line block from Toby Alderweireld.
Spurs were unable to create any meaningful openings with Brighton holding on for all three points, leaving Mourinho’s side down in sixth.
But the Tottenham boss was surprisingly content with the way his side performed in the second half despite suffering their fifth league defeat of the season.
“We didn’t start well. They could have scored immediately when they hit the post,” he said.
“In the first half I felt the team was probably too sad with the goal conceded and the situation.
“There was a lack of energy. In the last 25, 30 minutes they gave everything but of course with some limitations. We couldn’t score but at the same time gave them the chance to counter-attack.
“The boys showed great spirit in the second half and the boys showed they are suffering and they tried to fight against that sadness.
“They tried, so I have nothing negative to say about them. I leave the game with a good feeling about my boys because they tried hard in the second half.
“We tried everything but they defended everything, brought on another centre-back, and it was not possible for us to score.”
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