Brighton & Hove Albion vs. Tottenham Hotspur - Football Match Report

Thursday, 04 Feb, 2021

Tottenham Hotspurs Welsh midfielder Gareth Bale (R) looks on in front of Tottenham Hotspur's English striker Harry Kane (L) during the English Premier League football match between Tottenham Hotspur and Brighton and Hove Albion at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London, on November 1, 2020.

Mourinho is unsure about allowing the England U20 worldwide to leave as he may need him as cover but Tanganga is keen to play regularly and gain vital experience which he believes he will gain at West Brom.

With Kane picking up two separate ankle injuries during Thursday's 3-1 Premier League defeat by Liverpool, Mourinho has called on Bale's support.

The Portuguese manager was quick to move on from the defeat after the game, with Tottenham now 11 points behind leaders Manchester City and six behind Leicester in fourth. Every team in the Premier League has its ups and downs.

Brighton have taken seven points from their last nine and thoroughly deserved their first home league win since June.

"The last 25, 30 minutes I saw a team ready to give everything, gamble everything and finish the way we finished", he added.

"I have nothing negative to say about them".

Brighton's joy was clear at the final whistle as they finally found some home comfort.

Gareth Bale was handed only his second league start since returning for his second spell at Tottenham.

Brighton almost made the ideal start when Pascal Gross hit the outside of the post after good work from Alexis Mac Allister. Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg scored the consolation goal for Tottenham Hotspur.

And they were rewarded for their positive start with a goal after just 17 minutes when the excellent Alexis MacAllister picked out Trossard 12 yards out, rifling past Hugo Lloris on his 350th appearance for Tottenham.

Bale, who has operated as a striker in the past, might have been an option but Mourinho said the Wales global would not be used in that role.

It made no difference and Brighton could have doubled their lead when Mac Allister shot into the side-netting from a tight angle before Neal Maupay headed wide from Solly March's cross.