At the Amex Stadium, Leandro Trossard’s early winner led Brighton to earn a deserved 1-0 win over an uninspired Tottenham.
In a superb first half display that defied their league status just outside the relegation line, the Seagulls were utterly dominant.
Moreover, the Seagulls held on for a win that takes them seven points clear of the relegation zone.
The hosts hassled and harried a lethargic Spurs from the very beginning.
Ben White marauding forward from the rear, Pascal Gross hit the post after just five minutes.
And after just 17 minutes, they were rewarded for their good start with a goal.
The outstanding Alexis MacAllister picked out Trossard 12 yards out, rifling past Hugo lloris, on his 350th appearance for Tottenham.
The midfield was dominated by Alexis MacAllister and Yves Bissouma and the visitors could hardly have played more poorly in the first 45 minutes.
Neal Maupay nearly doubled Brighton’s lead from close range.
Eventually though, at the interval, Jose Mourinho’s men fled into the tunnel with just one goal down.
The Seagulls started where they left off and almost had a second.
White nudged Gross’s cross goalward, prompting a smart save from Lloris.
In the second half, Spurs improved their form but proved to be lacklustre at first. They struggled to generate a single clear-cut chance.
After 60 minutes, the apathetic Gareth Bale was replaced after just his second Premier League start.
Vinicus forced a great diving save from Brighton shotstopper Robert Sanchez, but the match still ended 1-0.
Brighton – Tottenham (1:0):
Goal: Trossard (17)
Brighton: Sanchez, White, Dunk, Webster, Veltman (Burn 72), Groß, Bissouma, Mac Allister, March, Maupay (Lallana 79), Trossard (Connolly 79).
Tottenham: Lloris, Sanchez (Alves Morais 45), Alderweireld, Rodon, Sissoko, Ndombele (Lamela 74), Hojbjerg, Davies, Bale (Lucas Moura 61), Son, Bergwijn.