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7/10 Bale Rescues Point For Jose Mourinho | Tottenham Hotspur Players Rated In Win Over Brighton

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Jack O’Brien
A 22 y/o football nerd seeking my way into football writing. I love Irish football and also the Premier League. A huge Arsenal fan! Aside from writing, I like to spend my time fishing and drinking beer.

Tottenham Hotspur secured their first home win of this Premier League campaign following a narrow 2-1 victory over Brighton & Hove Albion. The hosts took an early lead through a Harry Kane penalty but were the second best side for the most part of the game, as the Seagulls eventually equalised through Tariq Lamptey – a goal that involved a controversial decision from referee Graham Scott.

The ref would have been at fault for Tottenham’s dropped points had it not been for substitute Gareth Bale’s late winner as the Lilywhites continue their march under Jose Mourinho.

Tottenham Hotspur Player Ratings Vs Brighton & Hove Albion

Hugo Lloris 5/10

Beaten by Lamptey for the Brighton goal. Didn’t look all too convincing when claiming the Pascal Gross cross in the second half, almost fouling Danny Welbeck.

Matt Doherty 6/10

Matt Doherty provided very little offensive forward and failed to make his trademark attacking runs. Had some nervy moments defensively as well.

Toby Alderweireld 7/10

A trademark diagonal ball to Sergio Reguilon that led to the winner by Gareth Bale. Defensively, the Belgian was solid for the most part, keeping Leandro Trossard at bay. Not overly solid though.

Eric Dier 6/10

Eric Dier was lucky to get away with a handball just outside the penalty area late in the game. The Englishman wasn’t overly solid in defence either but was perhaps lucky not to concede another goal.

Sergio Reguilon 6.5/10

Sergio Reguilon once again struggled defensively, barely ever being able to keep up with his markers in Gross and Lamptey. However, it was his cross that found Bale for the winner.

Moussa Sissoko 7/10

A hard-working display as ever from Moussa Sissoko, who created a lot of turnovers in the middle of the park. His aggression and willingness to win back possession was inspiring at times.

Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg 6.5/10

Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg had a rough game and perhaps was not at his best either, though the Dane still remained solid for the most part. He was unlucky not to be given the foul when Solly March dispossessed him, just before the Lamptey goal.

Tottenham Hotspur Player Ratings Vs Brighton & Hove Albion - A rusty game for Hojbjerg.
LONDON, ENGLAND – NOVEMBER 01: Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg of Tottenham Hotspur battles for possession with Pascal Gross of Brighton and Hove Albion during the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Brighton & Hove Albion at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on November 01, 2020, in London, England. Sporting stadiums around the UK remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

Tanguy Ndombele 6/10

As Brighton & Hove Albion dominated possession, it made it difficult for Tanguy Ndombele to showcase his skills on the ball, ending up providing very little to the table for Tottenham. Replaced by Giovani Lo Celso around the hour-mark.

Erik Lamela 6.5/10

Erik Lamela looked lively at the start, showing intent and urgency. His influence faded as the game progressed, though he did hit the bar in the second half, before making way for Gareth Bale.

Son Heung-Min 6/10

Not the best of performances from Son Heung-Min, who was really quiet for the most part of the game. Struggled to create a strong combination play with Harry Kane.

Harry Kane 7/10

Harry Kane’s intelligence saw him win the penalty in the early stages of the game. Calmly converted the spot-kick as well, though it was the only highlight of an otherwise dire display. The Englishman had an excellent chance to secure his double, but never really managed to sort out his feet, eventually hitting the bar from close range.

SUBSTITUTES

Giovani Lo Celso 6.5/10

Replaced the ineffective Ndombele and offered a bit more energy and technique in the middle of the park. Recovered a couple of balls as well.

Gareth Bale 7/10

Gareth Bale registered his name into the scoresheet for the first time since returning to Tottenham. It was a relatively easy goal for the Welshman, who was unmarked inside the Brighton box.

Ben Davies N/A

Came on for Son late in the game to provide additional defensive cover and help Tottenham see out the slender lead.

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