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James Maddison says key Tottenham goal vs Brighton was pre-planned by Ange Postecoglou

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James Maddison says key Tottenham Hotspur goal vs Brighton was something Ange Postecoglou trains the team on

Tottenham Hotspur vice-captain James Maddison has claimed that the team’s late winner against Brighton & Hove Albion which was scored by Brennan Johnson is a tactic that Ange Postecoglou makes the team work on in training, speaking to Premier League Productions as quoted by the BBC.

Spurs scored a goal in the last minute of injury time which saw them take a 2-1 lead over Roberto de Zerbi’s side after being second best for much of the game. The goal resulted from a counter-attack when captain Son Heung-min found Johnson with a perfect first-time ball across the box.

Tottenham were not at their best last night against the Seagulls. They laboured for much of the first half and even the chances they managed to create did not result in much. They started off the second half in a much better fashion and managed to equalise through Pape Matar Sarr.

The equaliser came around the hour mark in the game. Since that goal though, it was Brighton who looked the likelier team to score. They were brave and kept going forward and Tottenham were forced to keep making defensive actions to keep the ball out of the net.

It was rather against the run of play that the North London club found their winner. It was a clinical counter-attack that saw Richarlison, Maddison, Son and Johnson involved. Ultimately, it got us the three points.

Speaking about the goal, here is what the Tottenham Hotspur #10 had to say,

“It’s always nice to win late, that feeling when you’re out there and it sends the fans into madness. If you could bottle that and sell it then you’d get millions, that’s why it’s so rare. We’ve done it a few times here at home with late winners so credit to Brennan [Johnson] with the winner. The gaffer always goes on about getting that first time cross in to the far post. It was just good quality all round [for the goal] and Brennan got in at the back post. It was a well worked goal.”

James Maddison played a key role in Tottenham's late winner against Brighton
James Maddison played a key role in Tottenham’s late winner against Brighton

While it is a good feeling to win with a late goal, it’s not always advisable to leave it so late to decide the game. Brighton would feel hard done by, given how the momentum of the game was but these kind of results are a part of football.

It is clear that Ange Postecoglou’s methods are working well for the team and yesterday’s goal is just an example of that. Spurs, however, will need to start getting more clinical, should they wish to solidify their place in the top four.

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It is not going to be easy for Tottenham considering that they might not be blessed with the kind of squad depth some other clubs have. Let’s wait and see how things pan out in the coming months for the club.

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