SERGE AURIER took a leaf out of the Harry Kane ebook of flukes as unconvincing Spurs edged their approach again into the highest 4.
The £23million full-back struck with a carbon copy of Kane’s 100th Tottenham objective in opposition to Everton in September.
And similar to Kane’s landmark strike at Goodison, it was an entire accident from Aurier.
However grateful Mauricio Pochettino was not going to look a present horse within the mouth as his aspect secured their third Wembley win in every week.
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Heung-Min Son’s fourth objective in as many video games within the dying minutes made sure of the victory.
But Pochettino is aware of his gamers should be one hell of lots sharper on Saturday if they’re going to stand any likelihood of ending Manchester Metropolis’s 15-match successful streak.
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And Pep Guardiola actually gained’t be shedding an excessive amount of sleep when he watches the tapes of this laboured win over a Brighton aspect who are actually simply three factors above the relegation zone.
After an encouraging begin to their first season within the Premier League, The Seagulls are actually struggling to deal with the rarefied ambiance of the highest flight.
With solely two factors from their earlier 5 video games, supervisor Christ Hughton made 5 adjustments to the staff overwhelmed at Huddersfield in a bid to get his staff firing once more.
That meant a primary begin for striker Tomer Hemed since he was handed a three-match ban for stamping on Newcastle DeAndre Yedlin again in September.
However the Israeli worldwide quickly discovered himself completely remoted as his team-mates have been pinned inside their very own half by Spurs’ early domination.
The guests have been defending in such numbers that discovering a path to objective was like attempting to beat the push hour site visitors for Harry Kane and his buddies.
The Tottenham talisman did handle to search out himself some taking pictures house halfway by the first-half when the Brighton defence froze after Christian Eriksen’s deflected shot ballooned as much as him.
However Kane’s volley was blocked by the outstretched leg of Lewis Dunk and his follow-up flew into the side-netting when most would have backed him to attain.
Heung-Min Son missed a good higher alternative to interrupt Brighton’s resistance when he fired over from a yard out from Harry Wink’s deep cross to the far submit.
However simply when the guests have been beginning to consider they might make it to the break on degree phrases, they have been undone by Aurier’s 40thminute fluke.
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The Ivorian full-back gathered possession out on the suitable wing and deceived Jose Izquierdo with a neat flip to ship a hopeful ball into the hazard zone.
However his meant cross sailed over the pinnacle of Brighton keeper Mat Ryan and dipped below the bar for his first objective since his big-money summer time transfer from Paris St.Germain.
It was a transparent mishit by the controversial defender however not more than Spurs deserved and few at Wembley have been complaining.
Kane, with extra targets than your entire Brighton staff this season, had an extra alternative to complete the sport off however Ryan was capable of save his low shot together with his boot.
There was one other slim escape for Chris Hughton’s males within the 52nd minute when Erik Lamela’s deflected shot clipped the bottom of a submit.
The Argentine winger was beginning his first recreation since being sidelined by a critical hip harm 14 months in the past and might be greater than happy together with his evening’s work.
Brighton have managed fewer photographs than another Premier League staff this season and barely appeared able to clawing their approach again into the sport as soon as they’d fallen behind.
They did carve out one respectable alternative within the 70th minute however Hemed’s shot on the flip was hit straight at keeper Hugo Lloris.
However any concepts of a late rally have been crushed within the 87th minute when Son’s intelligent header from Eriksen’s free-kick beat Ryan at his close to submit with a deflection off Davy Propper.