Tottenham were unable to get a single shot on target when they lost 1-0 to Brighton in the Premier League on Saturday.
Brighton came out of the gates well and pressed Spurs high, preventing the hosts from doing anything in the early stages. They started to get some control after the 15-minute mark, with some good runs and corners that came to nothing.
The first real opportunity fell in the way of Brighton. Enock Mwepu, who put Arsenal to the sword last week, was volleyed from the edge of the box well blocked by Ben Davies, before Joel Veltman saw his own effort returned by Harry Kane from the next corner.
Brighton will have been by far the happiest team at half-time. They didn’t really come close to scoring, but they kept the Spurs from having a single shot on goal in the first 45.
Son was the Spurs’ danger man after the break. Whenever they collected energy, the ball usually ended up in the hands of the full-back, who saw two well-blocked attempts after the break. However, when the clock reached 70 minutes, the Spurs were still without a shot on goal.
The closest they came to finding the back of the net was Sergio Reguilón, who fell just an inch lower when he dove in to hit a cross from Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg.
Brighton continued to pose the biggest threat. Lewis Dunk’s late header forced a decent save from Hugo Lloris, who was the busier goalkeeper without ever looking too much for danger. Leandro Trossard also shot wide.
Finally, with just seconds to go, Trossard provided the first real moment of quality as the Belgian forced his way into the box and passed Lloris to further open the race into the top four.
The Spurs went from minute 58 to minute 90 without having a single shot on goal, let alone one on goal. Antonio Conte cannot have any complaints with this result.
GK: Hugo Lloris – 6/10 – Perhaps a little wobbly in his demise, but nothing to really complain about. He couldn’t do much with the goal.
RCB: Cristian Romero – 5/10 – He is not adventurous enough with his death. He seemed out of place.
CB: Eric Dier – 5/10 – Similar to Romero, but his forward pass attempts often missed their targets.
LCB: Ben Davies – 5/10 – He combined an unrealistic first touch with a terribly poor pass in the first half, which summed up the Spurs’ defense today.
RM: Emerson Royal – 5/10 – One of the few Spurs players who looked like he wanted to move on. Lots of energy without much end product. He loves a scale.
CM: Rodrigo Bentancur – 4/10 – He couldn’t control the pace of the game and the gap between him and the forwards was huge.
CM: Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg – 4/10 – He played a little too deep and couldn’t offer that link at the top either.
LM: Sergio Reguilon – 5/10 – He seemed hesitant to move forward. She didn’t offer enough choice.
RW: Dejan Kulusevski – 2/10 – Lucky to stay on the pitch after elbowing Cucurella in the first half. The Spaniard was too fast for him and he was clearly getting nervous.
CF: harry kane – 3/10 – He followed Conte’s orders and stayed upstairs, and it didn’t work. No outfield player had fewer touches than him.
IE: Son Heung-min – 5/10 – The liveliest of the Spurs forward three. He seemed as likely as anyone to create a goal without even really threatening to do so.
SUB: Lucas Moura (64′ by Kulusevski) – 5/10 – It offered more energy than the Swedish but the final product was similar.
SUB: Harry Winks (72′ for Bentancur) – 5/10 – Involved in an opportunity shortly after showing up, but that was it.
SUB: Steven Bergwijn (87′ for Son) – N/A
GK: Robert Sanchez – 6/10 – Pretty much just a bystander.
RCB: Joel Veltman – 7/10 – He did a great job keeping control of Son, albeit a bit too physical at times. He really put his body around him.
CB: Lewis Dunk – 6/10 – Kane & Co didn’t push him too hard, but he did everything he had to do.
LCB: Marc Cucurella – 8/10 – I had Kulusevski’s number all afternoon. A great block to prevent Kane from getting a dangerous shot.
RM: Tariq Lamptey – 7/10 – He used his pace well to stop Son from doing too much. More impressive in defense than in attack.
WC: Yves Bissouma – 7/10 – Nothing too spectacular, but his energy seemed to be too much for the Spurs.
CM: Moises Caicedo – 7/10 – He played with immense energy and harassed Bentancur all afternoon. Not always impressive on the ball, but with some really encouraging signs.
CM: Pascal Gross – 7/10 – Brighton’s creative force for most of the game. Some really nice passes.
LM: Leandro Trossard – 7/10 – He looked a bit wasted at full-back, but he did his job well at both ends of the pitch. He advanced correctly once and took the goal well from him.
AM: Enock Mwepu – 4/10 – He could have shown about four yellow cards in the first half and had to be hooked at half time before the red finally came.
CF: Alexis MacAllister – 5/10 – I can’t fault their effort, but the quality just wasn’t there. Some pitiful shots from range and he was clearly trying to feed on scraps.
SUB: Danny Welbeck (46′ for Mwepu) – 5/10 – He sliced a volley for a throw-in. He was very lucky in the goal.
SUB: Adán Lallana (77′ for Caicedo) – 10/6 – He picked up some good passes, even to Trossard’s winner.
SUB: Solly March (82′ for Lamptey) – 6/10 – He matched Lamptey’s energy immediately and put in a good cross.