Conte baffled by flat Lilywhites

Tottenham Hotspur v Brighton & Hove Albion – Premier League – Tottenham Hotspur Stadium – Reaction

Tottenham Hotspur 0-1 Brighton & Hove Albion

No zip, no shots on goal and ultimately, no points. If Tottenham wanted to enhance their recently expanded reputation as top-four candidates then this wasn’t the way to go about it.

Brighton came to do a job, just as they had at the Emirates a week previous. Leandro Trossard’s last-minute winner came as little surprise after the Seagulls had stifled the home side with remarkable ease.

Antonio Conte pulled no punches: “The damage is you can’t add three points to your table, that is the damage after the game. 

“You have to go to analyse why we started very slow and we played a game that in my opinion, we can do much better than we showed today.”

On the flat performance from his side, the Italian added: “For sure, not a good result for us and a lesson that we can learn today that there are games that if you’re not able to win, you’re not to lose. 

“It was very clear that today it wasn’t our day but I understand we wanted to try and get three points because it was very important for us to get three points playing before our rivals in the race for the Champions League. But sometimes we need to feel. Today the game was very difficult because it was a tactical game for both sides.

“Brighton were very good to close every space but we helped our opponent in this job because we moved the ball slowly. 

“We are able to do much better today. Maybe a more fair final result was a draw but Brighton played a good game. 

“They’re a really good team, well organised with a good manager and if you win against Arsenal and Tottenham away it means your team is a good team.”

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Brian Jeeves

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