It’s been a tough old week for Spurs and things got even worse on the south coast earlier today, with Mauricio Pochettino’s side crashing to a 3-0 loss to Brighton and club captain Hugo Lloris suffering a serious looking injury.
Disaster struck for Spurs after just three minutes when a Lloris howler allowed Neil Maupay to tap home from close range, and things would get even worse for the North London outfit, with the French goalkeeper also suffering a horrific looking elbow injury that resulted in the World Cup winner having to be stretchered off.
Making his full Premier League debut 19-year-old Galway native Connol ly then score his first top-flight goal just after the half hour mark to put the home side in a commanding position against last seasons Champions League finalists.
Connolly then bagged his second on 65 minutes, finishing smartly to hand the Seagulls their first league win since the opening day of the season.
Spurs had travelled to the Amex in bad need of a result following their 7-2 drubbing by Bayern Munich in midweek and speaking after the game Pochettino admitted this is the most ‘difficult moment’ of his five-year tenure in North London.
“Hugo Lloris’ injury had massive impact on the game. It was so early in the game. To concede so early and losing our captain it had an emotional impact on the team,” Pochettino told BT Sport.
”We tried to find solutions, a different way to play but it was impossible. It’s a very difficult moment.
Spurs have now gone fourteen consecutive away matches (against English clubs) without a single win.
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“I want to say thank you to the fans, it was a big effort to the fans and we put out that performance. We were at the top together but now we need to get more. It is not easy.”
“After five and a half years this is the first tough time we are having. There is a feeling that this is not good at the minute. We are feeling the emotion. I want to keep working hard and believing.
“I hope the pressure is coming to me and leaves the pressure off the players. Now is a moment to be strong. We cannot underestimate the situation but we need to work. There is always the possibility to make us stronger.”