Match Report Brighton 1 Spurs 0 (so depressing!)
I saw this quote the other day: appropriate or not? “I personally don’t think about jumping because things can’t possibly get worse… To the contrary, I contemplate it because I believe things probably will.”
What can I say? What do I want to say? It is so depressing. After our disastrous game against Liverpool, I thought we would have come back with all guns blazing and just pile on the goals; instead, we capitulated, we fucked up!
Brighton haven’t even won a home game this season, until now with a humiliating triumph over us. We didn’t turn up, we were crap…
Full credit to Brighton, they saw the writing on the wall and went for it. This gets them out of the bottom 3, but huge question mark over us and especially Mourinho’s tactics. We can’t – shouldn’t – use the excuse that we had no Kane. It all boils down to purchase and tactics. We just weren’t in it.
And… oh, who is up next? The revitalised (?) Abramovich’s Russian squad.
Brighton punished our lacklustre players. Leandro Trossard grabbed the game’s only goal, side-footing in Pascal Gross’ cutback after 17 minutes. But not only that, they looked more likely to get another goal. Their substitute Aaron Connolly having his late effort cleared off the line by Alderweireld. We just struggled to create any sort of chances. This defeat means we are in sixth position and six points from the top four.
I heard somebody say that Brighton’s three wins in their past four games in all competitions – including three clean sheets – suggests the Seagulls are starting to find the form they need to pull away from the bottom three. Bollocks, this has nothing to do with them finding any sort of form, but down to our uninspiring-dull performance. Simples!
I presume that Vinicius has been struggling to get a game because Mourinho doesn’t regard him or he isn’t ready; OK. So then why bring him on now? Even Glenn Hoddle questioned why he wasn’t used in earlier games. Something worrying is going on behind the scenes here.
As for Bale, he started off with a fire in his belly and then quickly declined. Have we been sold or leased a turkey? He might be good behind the scenes cheering on the players, but questionable on the field. Again, more questions.
What more can I add? I am genuinely pissed off. I am usually the optimistic one but now starting to fall into despair.
The two Machester teams, along with Liverpool and Leicester Titty are starting to pull away, with the rest looking as also-runs. We are in the FA Cup 5th round where we’ve got Everton, and in the final of the League cup, it’s City. Not looking good at the moment. And I haven’t even mentioned the Europa League. Of course – on a cheerful note – it could all turn around, and at the same time, pigs might fly (well, Arsenal do!). I think Trump had it right; if we all shout “fake news,” then we all might suddenly wake up and learn that the last couple of hours we were in the twilight zone. Mentioning Trump it reminds me of a quote from Alice in Wonderland: “‘Who in the world am I?’ Ah, that’s the great puzzle!”
Brighton have kept three consecutive Premier League clean sheets for only the second time, and the first since October 2018 all thanks to us.
Brighton’s first home win in 15 Premier League games at the Amex Stadium (D7, L7) since beating Arsenal in June 2020, 225 days ago.
We have won just three of our past 13 Premier League games in which Harry Kane has not featured (D4, L6), including none of our past four (D1, L3).
We have lost four of our last eight league games (W2, D2), as many as in our previous 28 such matches.
This was the 11th time a side managed by Jose Mourinho had one shot or fewer in the first half of a Premier League game; six of those occasions have come while in charge of our team.
Mourinho has lost all three of his away league games at Brighton. The first time he has ever lost three consecutive away league visits to an opponent in his managerial career. He won’t be celebrating that with a smile, I can tell you.
What’s next for us?
We host Chelski in a London derby in our next match on Thursday, 4 February (20:00 GMT). That is going to be a laugh a minute.
I might as well end with this quote: “it never rains, just pours.”
From a depressed me (Glenn).