Brighton & Hove Albion

Mauricio Pochettino confirms talks over new deal for “special” Christian Eriksen

Mauricio Pochettino says Christian Eriksen is open to talks over a new contract after his heroics against Brighton boosted Tottenham’s Premier League top-four hopes. Eriksen produced a moment of quality in the 88th minute to hand Spurs a 1-0 win at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, which strengthens their grip on the Champions League places. The Dane is out of contract at the end of next season and is currently stalling on a new deal, with Real Madrid reported to be interested in signing him. Pochettino has revealed that Eriksen is open to discussing a new deal, but it will not be until the end of the season. “I think I was clear a few months ago,” Pochettino said. “It is a situation that is a very special situation, Christian is a special person, I think we are all sp...

Result: Christian Eriksen strikes to hand Spurs a late win over Brighton

Christian Eriksen produced a moment of late quality to give Tottenham a vital 1-0 win over Brighton which strengthens their grip on a top-four place in the Premier League. It appeared for the majority of the game at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium that Mauricio Pochettino’s men would not be able to capitalise on Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester United all dropping points over the Easter weekend as they were frustrated by an 11-man visiting defence. But Eriksen came to the rescue in the 88th minute when he drilled a low 25-yard shot into the bottom corner, giving Spurs a fourth win from four in their new home after total domination. Maestro. #PL ⚪️ #COYS pic.twitter.com/KjmO4SDhqC — Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) April 23, 2019 The win moved them to 70 points, four ahead of Arsenal in fift...

Chelsea ‘reject Brighton & Hove Albion’s £10m Reece James bid’

Brighton & Hove Albion fail with a £10m bid for Chelsea defender Reece James, according to a report. Brighton & Hove Albion have reportedly failed with a £10m bid for Chelsea defender Reece James. The 19-year-old came through the youth system at Chelsea, but is yet to make his first-team debut for the club. The teenager has been in outstanding form on loan at Wigan Athletic this term, though, scoring three times and contributing three assists in 42 Championship appearances. According to The Sun, Brighton launched a £10m offer for James, but Chelsea rejected the bid as they are not interested in selling the England Under-20 international. James signed a new four-year contract with the Blues before leaving for Wigan last summer. Read Next: Chelsea ‘refusing to budge on £100m Ha...

Mathew Ryan: ‘Wolves draw felt like a win’

Brighton travel to Tottenham on Tuesday in their fight against the drop. Brighton goalkeeper Mat Ryan believes his side’s point at Wolves will prove crucial in the race for survival. The Seagulls are 17th in the Premier League and locked in a battle to stay up with Cardiff with four games remaining. Saturday’s 0-0 draw at Molineux ended a run of five straight defeats in all competitions and Brighton head to Tottenham on Tuesday. Ryan told the club’s official website: “The point means a lot in the context of things, it almost feels like we’ve won the game. “With our superior goal difference, it could prove to be big come the end of the season – any points are vital at this stage of the campaign. “Given our recent run it feels good to come here and g...

Chris Hughton brushes off “boring” chant from Wolves fans

Boss Chris Hughton insisted he is happy to be branded boring if he keeps Brighton in the Premier League. The Seagulls held on for a 0-0 draw at Wolves to end a run of five straight defeats in all competitions. They sit three points above the relegation zone but will only be out of it on goal difference if Cardiff stun title-chasing Liverpool on Sunday. It was a battling performance but the unambitious visitors were content to take a point in their survival fight. Wolves fans chanted ‘boring’ at the Seagulls but Hughton was unrepentant and is happy if it keeps Brighton, who go to Tottenham on Tuesday, up. He said: “Yes, at this moment it’s about effort, determination and organisation. All that’s important in these four games is getting enough points which can s...

Chris Hughton: ‘Relegation-threatened Brighton must ignore criticism’

Chris Hughton insists it is business as usual at Brighton despite the club’s precarious Premier League position. Brighton’s midweek loss to relegation rivals Cardiff – their fifth straight defeat in all competitions – left them anxiously looking over their shoulder with five games left to play. The Seagulls hold a two-point advantage over Cardiff and do have a game in hand on the 18th-placed Bluebirds, but their daunting run-in includes fixtures against Arsenal, Manchester City and Tottenham. Brighton boss Hughton said: “I will always have regular chats with the chairman (Tony Bloom), Paul Barber (chief executive) and Dan Ashworth (technical director), who has come in. “They are the ones I will speak to on a fairly regular basis. Most of that is about the games, the...

Relegation battle: Brighton and Cardiff City’s Premier League run-in

Cardiff’s win at Brighton has breathed new life into the battle to avoid relegation from the Premier League. Here, Press Association Sport analyses the remaining games which will decide the fate of both clubs. Brighton Wolves (a), Saturday, April 20 Wolves may have gone five games without a win in the Premier League away from home, but Nuno Espirito Santo’s side are a different prospect at Molineux and will be expected to bounce back from the loss at Southampton with a win. Verdict: Defeat Tottenham (a), Tuesday, April 23 Lucas Moura scored a hat-trick in Tottenham’s win over Huddersfield (John Walton/PA) Brighton’s game in hand is a daunting one at Spurs, who have recorded three wins in their new stadium, including a Champions League victory over Manchester City, s...

Chris Hughton admits Brighton feeling ‘deflated’ after Cardiff loss

Chris Hughton has issued a rallying cry to Brighton’s under-performing players as they attempt to arrest an alarming slump which has left them in serious danger of Premier League relegation. The Seagulls were jeered off the pitch following a toothless display during Tuesday’s costly 2-0 home loss to fellow strugglers Cardiff. Albion’s latest setback – a fourth successive league defeat without scoring – leaves them only two points above Neil Warnock‘s 18th-placed Bluebirds in the battle for survival. Brighton boss Hughton, who has been heavily criticised by sections of the club’s support following recent poor results, admitted to feeling “deflated” and believes togetherness is required to halt the worrying decline. “As a team, as a club, and a...

Neil Warnock: “We’re alive and kicking”

Neil Warnock declared Cardiff’s Premier League survival bid “alive and kicking” after securing a vital 2-0 win at fellow strugglers Brighton. The 18th-placed Bluebirds arrived at the Amex Stadium five points adrift of their opponents and with many bookmakers and pundits writing off their chances of avoiding an immediate return to the Sky Bet Championship. Goals either side of half-time from Nathaniel Mendez-Laing and Sean Morrison reduced the deficit to two points with four fixtures remaining. Despite facing title-chasing Liverpool on Sunday and finishing the season at Manchester United, City manager Warnock retains hope of pulling off an unlikely great escape. “There were so many pundits this morning said it would be our last game in the Premier League. We’re...

Result: Cardiff heap pressure on Brighton with vital relegation win

Cardiff boosted their hopes of a Premier League great escape with a vital 2-0 victory which increases the relegation fears of fellow strugglers Brighton. Goals either side of half-time from Nathaniel Mendez-Laing and Sean Morrison moved the 18th-placed Bluebirds to within two points of the Seagulls. Toothless Brighton, who have managed just two top-flight goals at the Amex Stadium in 2019, once again struggled to create as they suffered a fourth successive league loss. And this is how important that result was for Cardiff 👇 pic.twitter.com/gHRYqCJDzU — Premier League (@premierleague) April 16, 2019 Glenn Murray headed against the woodwork in stoppage time but the Seagulls offered little in attack and remain anxiously looking over their shoulders. With title-chasing Liverpool and Manchester...

Premier League Team of the Week – Lucas Moura, Kevin De Bruyne, Virgil van Dijk

Sports Mole selects its Premier League team of the week for gameweek 34, including Lucas Moura, Kevin De Bruyne and Virgil van Dijk. The 2018-19 Premier League season edged one more game towards its conclusion this weekend, with Liverpool still leading a title race which looks set to go down to the wire. Manchester City momentarily returned to the top of the table with a 3-1 victory over Crystal Palace on Sunday, but the Reds responded by beating Chelsea 2-0 at Anfield to move two points clear – albeit having played a game more than the champions. Chelsea’s defeat at Anfield saw their top-four hopes take a blow as Tottenham Hotspur, Manchester United and Arsenal all won, with Spurs among the biggest victors of the weekend courtesy of their 4-0 triumph over relegated Huddersfiel...

Neil Warnock hopes struggling Cardiff take inspiration from Tiger Woods

Neil Warnock believes Tiger Woods‘ stunning Masters triumph can act as inspiration for relegation-threatened Cardiff to mount their own comeback success story. Warnock was watching on Sunday as Woods wrote one of the greatest sporting chapters by claiming a fifth green jacket at Augusta, 11 years after his previous major win. Cardiff’s hopes of avoiding Premier League relegation also appear fanciful with a five-point gap to safety and their remaining five fixtures including games against Liverpool and Manchester United. But Cardiff would cut the gap to two points by winning at Brighton tomorrow night, although Chris Hughton’s Seagulls do have a game in hand. “We just have to look at the golf and at what Tiger has done – amazing,” Warnock said of Woods’ f...

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