A classy Aaron Mooy has helped engineer Brighton's 3-0 win over Tottenham Hotspur in the English Premier League, completing a horror week for the north Londoners.
After Spurs were hammered 7-2 by Bayern Munich on Tuesday, Neal Maupay's opener and two goals from Aaron Connolly sealed victory for Brighton on Saturday, while Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris suffered a suspected broken arm.
Midfielder Aaron Mooy was impressive on Brighton's left side, playing the full 90, in only his second start under coach Graham Potter since joining on loan from relegated Huddersfield in the off-season.
The Socceroo won five tackles and completed three dribbles in a classy performance, while Australia teammate Mathew Ryan made some dominant saves in the last 10 minutes to ensure the hosts kept a clean sheet.
"I thought we deserved the win, 100 per cent today, and yeah, we played really well," Mooy said, as he presented Connolly with his man-of-the-match award.
Brighton climbed to 12th in the Premier League, just two points behind Tottenham in sixth.
"It's a very difficult moment," Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino said.
"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."
Tottenham were hoping to banish the memory of their Bayern battering with a win but within three minutes they trailed and had lost Lloris.
The Tottenham goalkeeper was at fault for the first goal as he spilled it under the bar and Maupay scored, but the injury also affected Tottenham's confidence.
Pochettino has been subjected to criticism in recent weeks but the manager said he was happy to deflect things away from his team.
"I hope the pressure is coming to me and leaves the pressure off the players," he said.
"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."
Australian Associated Press