Alli caps Spurs fightback to sink Brighton

first_imgBut Harry Kane equalised after the interval and Alli finished off a flowing Tottenham move in the closing stages to erase the bitter taste of last weekend’s acrimonious London derby loss to Chelsea.Avenging their defeat at Brighton in October, Tottenham, unbeaten in Boxing Day fixtures since 2003, have won three of their last four league games as they try to climb into the top four.That Chelsea setback was completely overshadowed by the alleged racist abuse of Blues defender Antonio Rudiger by Tottenham fans after his role in Son Heung-min’s red card.Amid widespread calls for stronger action to stamp out racism in football, Tottenham fans appeared to behave better this time.Initially, there were worrying signs for Mourinho on the field however as Steven Alzate escaped Moussa Sissoko, making space for a low strike that drifted just wide.Since Mourinho’s first game in charge of Tottenham, no Premier League team had conceded more goals than the 14 his side allowed across all competitions heading into this round of matches.Those defensive frailties were on display when Alzate lost his marker and forced Paulo Gazzaniga into a sprawling save, while Aaron Mooy went close from the edge of the area.Kane has a knack of scoring on Boxing Day and the Tottenham striker thought he had netted again when he fired home from Winks’ pass, but the goal went to a VAR review and was ruled out by the narrowest of offside decisions.– Clinical Kane –Harry Kane scores against Brighton at White Hart Lane on December 26, 2019Brighton made the most of that let-off to take the lead in the 37th minute.Pascal Gross swung over a free-kick and Webster rose above Toby Alderweireld and Davinson Sanchez to plant a powerful header past Gazzaniga for his third goal of the season.Mourinho must have been furious that Tottenham wilted against such a simple set-piece and his team’s record of one clean-sheet in his nine matches suggests a defender could be high on his January shopping list.Underlining the urgency to address that problem area, Brighton’s Bernardo forced Gazzaniga to save from a corner moments later to the audible frustration of the Tottenham crowd on a dank, wet day in north London.Mourinho, standing rain-soaked on the touchline, revealed before the game that his Christmas was ruined by the death of his family’s pet Yorkshire Terrier.But Kane put a smile back on his manager’s face in the 53rd minute when he seized on a deflection off Lucas Moura after the Brazilian’s determined run.Drilling a shot that Mat Ryan could only push back out, Kane gobbled up the rebound with a clinical finish for his eighth goals in five Premier League games on Boxing Day.Kane’s 16th club goal this season was not immediately a catalyst for a Tottenham surge and Gazzaniga had to be alert to keep out Gross’s fierce free-kick.But Mourinho made a significant switch when he sent on Christian Eriksen for Harry Winks, who moments before was lucky to escape a red card for a foul when he had already been booked.Eriksen made an immediate impact in the 72nd minute when he floated a delicate pass to Serge Aurier who flicked the ball into the path of Alli, who guided a superb lofted finish over Ryan.0Shares0000(Visited 8 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Tottenham Hotspur players celebrate Dele Alli’s goal against Brighton at White Hart Lane on December 26, 2019LONDON, United Kingdom, Dec 26 – Dele Alli got Tottenham back on track as the England midfielder capped a gritty escape act with the late winner in Thursday’s 2-1 victory against Brighton.Jose Mourinho’s side were in danger of a second successive Premier League defeat when Adam Webster headed Brighton into a shock lead at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.last_img read more


first_imgDaniel O’Donnell has left a beautiful and touching tribute regarding the death of his beloved mother Julia, to his followers on Facebook. Daniel and late mum Julia.Daniel, who is currently on tour in North America, took to his social media account to discuss his mothers passing, and reveal how he and his family thought that she was going to live forever.Daniel posted the following message on his Facebook account. “Hello there, to be honest, I’m not sure how to start this little note to you.I’m sure I don’t have to say how difficult the past few weeks have been for myself and all the family.Even though my mother was 94, somehow I think we all thought she was going to live forever.We know how fortunate we have been to have had her for so long, but at this time, it’s not that easy to be rational. She was so much a part of all of our lives and took a great interest in everything we did, from my eldest brother John, right down to the youngest great grandchild Lauren.I suppose she had that sense of pride in us all that only a mother can have.We were blessed to be able to spend her final days with her and she was with us in mind right until the very end.We were so lucky that my mother was able to be cared for by the wonderful doctors, nurses and staff of Dungloe Hospital.The care she received was second to none and their kindness to her and to us, we will never forget. Looking back over the last year, I could see my mother failing, but somehow, it never dawned on me that the end was so close.We are all very grateful that she didn’t have a long illness and that God was kind and took her to be with him without her having to suffer too much.My father died almost 46 years ago and I have no doubt that they are now reunited.We were overwhelmed by the amount of people who attended her wake and funeral. It really was a great comfort to us and we thank those of you who came. If you were able to say a funeral was lovely, we can definitely say that about my mothers.Mary Duff sang beautifully throughout the service accompanied by Stephen Milne, John Staunton and Ronnie Kennedy, it was so kind of them to do this in mams honour.About 10 years ago, she asked our neighbour Fr Brian Logue, who lives in Scotland, if he would say her funeral mass.It was he who celebrated my father’s funeral mass as a young priest in 1968.We were amazed to find out when we knew my mother was in her final days, that Fr. Logue had come to spend a holiday in the village and was due to leave the day after my mother’s funeral.It was like it was all planned to perfection. In recent times, whenever we would return from a neighbours funeral mass, my mother would say “Were there many priests on the altar?” and when we would tell her the number she would always say “the more priests the better for someone’s funeral”.As I sat in the front pew beside her coffin, I glanced at the 11 priests that concelebrated and thought to myself, I hope you can see them mam, you’ve done well.While I write this, I am travelling through North America doing shows. I can’t believe I have been able to do this tour so soon after mams passing, however I believe that it was she who gave me the strength to do it.She loved coming to see the concerts. I have to say I have felt a great sense of peace each night on stage. I know in my heart it’s what she would have wanted me to do.We have had some enquiries as to when my mother’s months mind mass will be. It will be held in our local church, St Marys, on Friday 27th June at 7pm.While we don’t expect you to attend, we want you to know that everybody is welcome.I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of you for your kindness to her down through the years.I would also like to thank you on behalf of all the family for your kind messages of sympathy and your prayers at this time.Even though my mother is out of sight, her memory lives on in so many ways.During this trip, people have brought letters she wrote to them to show me, gloves she knitted and many who met her had stories to share with me, and of course, in our hearts she will live forever.Until we meet again Mam, Rest in Peace.DANIEL POSTS BEAUTIFUL TRIBUTE TO MOTHER HE THOUGHT WOULD LIVE FOREVER was last modified: June 10th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:daniel o’donnellFacebookHeartfeltHome-page NewsJULIA O’DONNELLTouchingtributelast_img read more