Tottenham Hotspur hold off Brighton in much needed 2-1 win
The match took a sharp turn following the second disallowed goal.
Manager madness as both men see Red
Cristian Stellini and Brighton boss Roberto De Zerbi were shown red cards in a scuffle on the touchline. However, there was a slight preview of this before the match even started.
Right before kickoff, there appeared to be a verbal altercation between both managers where De Zerbi was seen wagging his finger toward Stellini.
Both managers are Italian, and it is no secret that Italian managers tend to wear their emotions on their sleeves, as Spurs fans saw with Antonio Conte.
After that incident, the match was back-and-forth for the most part. Since Stellini was sent off, Ryan Mason became the active manager during the match and chose to bring on Arnaut Danjuma, a player that Spurs fans have been begging to see.
Following a poor clearance by Steele, Spurs pounced, and Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg played a perfect cutback pass to Harry Kane, who made no mistake from the edge of the box. The 79th-minute strike raised Kane’s goal tally to 23 in the league this season.
Tottenham was able to see out the rest of the match and hold on for the three points. It was a much-needed victory for Spurs in their fight for a top-four place in the Premier League. Spurs will need to perform better, though, if they are to qualify for next season’s Champions League.