MATCH REPORT: SEAGULLS MAKE HISTORY AS THEY PILE MORE MISERY ON SPURS’ WOES
Brighton had never beaten Spurs at home in the Premier League – until today. They looked on top throughout and will feel they fully deserved the victory. Neal Maupay nodded the Seagulls ahead early on, before two Aaron Connolly goals ensure a comfortable win.
Aaron Connolly scored twice on his full Premier League debut to inspire this 3-0 home victory for Brighton & Hove Albion, in what was their first top-flight win over Spurs in all competitions since 1983.
Neal Maupay put the Seagulls ahead in the third minute when he capitalised on an error from Hugo Lloris to score, which resulted in the French goalkeeper being stretchered off with an injury.
Brighton doubled their advantage on 32 minutes, as 19-year-old Connolly converted after his initial effort had been saved by substitute Paulo Gazzaniga to become the club’s youngest scorer in the Premier League.
In the second half, Pascal Gross was denied by the woodwork, but Connolly soon extended the lead with a brilliant strike into the bottom-right corner on 65 minutes.
Victory moves Graham Potter’s side up to 12th on nine points, while Spurs, who are without an away win this season, lie in sixth place with 11 points.
Tottenham have lost more games in all competitions in 2019 than any other English top-flight side, now losing (17) as many games as they’ve won (17) this calendar year.
Tottenham Hotspur remain winless in 10 consecutive Premier league away matches for the first time since April to December 2006 under manager Martin Jol. Aaron Connolly is the first Irish teenager to score a Premier league brace since Robbie Keane for Coventry v Derby in August 1999.
Tottenham have conceded 10 goals in their last two games in all competitions; the first time they have done so across two matches since December 1997 (1-6 loss to Chelsea, 0-4 loss to Coventry).
Aaron Connolly was the 100th player from the Republic of Ireland to score a Premier League goal, making them only the fourth nation to have 100+ different goalscorers in the competition (alongside England, France and Scotland).
Aaron Connolly (19 years, 250 days) is the youngest player from Republic of Ireland to score multiple goals in a Premier League match since Robbie Keane (19 years, 44 days) in Coventry City’s 2-0 home win over Derby County on 21 August 1999.
Aaron Connolly is the first teenager to score a league goal for Brighton since Jake Forster-Caskey against Charlton back in April 2014 in the Championship.
Subbed off after eight minutes against Brighton, Hugo Lloris is the quickest a keeper has been replaced in a Premier League match since the Frenchman himself against Leicester in March 2015 (4 minutes).
Neal Maupay’s opener for Brighton was their fastest-ever goal in the Premier League.
Spurs haven’t lost against Brighton since April 1983 when they were beaten 2-1 in a top-flight fixture – they’ve won five and drawn one of six matches against the Seagulls in all competitions since then.
Aaron Connolly has scored 4% of the PL home goals Brighton have ever scored.
Brighton: 19 Oct v Aston Villa (A)
Spurs: 19 Oct v Watford (H)