Aaron Connolly scored twice on his first Premier League start as Brighton increased the pressure building on Mauricio Pochettino, thrashing Tottenham 3-0 at the Amex Stadium.
Tottenham came into the game low on confidence already following their 7-2 midweek mauling at home to Bayern Munich in the Champions League, but their problems deepened in only the third minute when goalkeeper Hugo Lloris, who was subsequently stretchered from the field after suffering a nasty arm injury , gifted Neil Maupay Brighton’s opener.
Pochettino’s side were second best throughout the first half and Brighton deservedly extended their lead in the 32nd minute thanks to Connolly’s close-range finish.
Spurs’ dreadful afternoon was complete when the impressive Connolly cut inside Toby Alderweireld before finding the far corner to extend Pochettino side’s winless run on the road to 10 Premier League matches, stretching back to January.
A second straight defeat in five days leaves Pochettino, who insisted he would not walk away from Tottenham before the game , facing further scrutiny with his side now seventh and 13 points behind league-leaders Liverpool heading into the international break.
However, the gloom has lifted at the Amex Stadium with Graham Potter, whose side are up to 13th, leading his side to just their second win of the season and a first win at home since March.
Pochettino would have wanted to see a strong opening from his side as they attempted to bounce back from their midweek humbling, but he got nothing of the sort as Spurs made a shocking start on the south coast.