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Premier League | Gameweek 19
Dec 28, 2023 at 7.30pm UK
The American Express Community Stadium

4 - 2

Hinshelwood (11'), Pedro (23' pen., 75' pen.), Estupinan (63')
Buonanotte (43'), Moder (70'), Dunk (82')
FT(HT: 2-0)
Veliz (81'), Davies (85')
Kulusevski (23'), Richarlison (57')

Ange Postecoglou hits out at VAR penalty decision in Brighton defeat

:Headline: Ange Postecoglou hits out at VAR penalty decision in Brighton defeat:
Ange Postecoglou sarcastically blasts VAR over Brighton & Hove Albion's first of two penalties in their 4-2 win over Tottenham Hotspur at the Amex Stadium.
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Tottenham Hotspur manager Ange Postecoglou sarcastically hit out at VAR after the Lilywhites were beaten 4-2 by Brighton & Hove Albion in Thursday's Premier League contest.

The Lilywhites travelled to the Amex Stadium on a run of three straight victories in the top flight, but a makeshift rearguard comprising four full backs were carved open with just 11 minutes gone on the South Coast.

Seagulls academy product Jack Hinshelwood fired a ferocious effort into the roof of the net to break the deadlock, not long before Dejan Kulusevski was penalised for a clear tug on Danny Welbeck's shirt.

On-field referee Jarred Gillett initially waved away Brighton's appeals, but after reviewing the incident on the pitchside monitor for a good couple of minutes, he pointed to the spot, where Joao Pedro did the rest.

Postecoglou has not been shy in expressing his disdain for VAR since taking the reins in North London, and the Australian reiterated his contempt for technology in his post-match press conference, also making reference to a shocking Lewis Dunk challenge on Kulusevski which he was not sent off for.

Asked about Brighton's first-half penalty, Postecoglou said: "It was obviously clear and obvious because it only took him three minutes to see it on the screen and VAR picked up everything today except the one tackle which nearly cost me another player. So that's their decisions."

The highlight of a miserable first half for Tottenham was a late Richarlison strike which grazed the outside of the post, and the Lilywhites found themselves three goals behind in the 63rd minute, as Pervis Estupinan found the top corner with a sensational long-range effort.

With 15 minutes of normal time remaining, Brighton were awarded another penalty when Giovani Lo Celso barged into Evan Ferguson from behind, and just as he did in the first half, Pedro sent Guglielmo Vicario the wrong way.

However, Tottenham suddenly came to life in the final third inside the closing 10 minutes, as Alejo Veliz netted his first top-flight goal and Ben Davies headed home to cut the deficit in half, sparking hope of an improbable late fightback.

It was not to be for Postecoglou's beleaguered troops, though, as Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg also struck the frame of the goal before the final whistle blew, and the Tottenham boss admitted that tiredness bedevilled his side at the Amex.

"Look, fair to say we were looking a bit tired and lacked our usual sharpness, especially at the start of the game. We've been starting games well. I guess that's understandable, we've been on this run for a whole now and asking players to perform at levels," Postecoglou added.

"It's very demanding the way we play physically and today we kind of looked like a team that wasn't at its sharpest. Brighton are a good side and they took advantage of that. Ultimately what I do know is the players everything they had they gave and that's all I can ask for.

"Everything they've got the players are giving me. I can't ask any more of them. We're in the position we are because of enormous efforts of a really small section of our squad and they did it again today. They've shown that all year. Whatever they've got, they'll give. That's all you can ask for.

"Right to the end they were pushing. With every resource in them they were pushing to try to get something out of the game and it's a credit to them. We are in that position through as much the players' sheer efforts as our football."

Postecoglou also confirmed that Kulusevski appears to have avoided serious damage from Dunk's crunching tackle, and fifth-placed Tottenham have just two full days to recover before they welcome Bournemouth to North London on New Year's Eve. body check tags ::

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