Tottenham star Kane 'not bothered' by goal appeal backlash

Ross Houston
April 18, 2018

Tottenham's top four ambitions, so certain after the victory over Chelsea two weeks ago, are suddenly less assured after Brighton earned a deserved draw. "People are going to jump on the bandwagon and have a bit of fun on social media", he told Sky Sports News.

Tottenham have gone two games without a league victory, but they are still in pole position to qualify for next season's Champions League via a top four finish.

"It's really hard to play against Tottenham with the way that they play and the movement they a team, we never give up, and that resilience is so important".

Those hopes were extinguished within 90 seconds as Pascal Gross netted from the penalty spot after Jose Izquierdo was felled in the area. Today was not because we rotated the team. What I was most delighted with was the character of the team to concede the way we did and then react the way we did.

Tottenham will next take on Manchester United in the semi-final of the English FA Cup while Brighton will travel to Turf Moor face Burnley in the league.

Despite the frustration of being held, Spurs extended their advantage over fifth-placed Chelsea to eight points, although the Blues have a game in hand on their London rivals.

Toby Alderweireld made his first Premier League appearance since October, while there were also starts for Son Heung-min, Victor Wanyama, Moussa Sissoko, Serge Aurier and Lucas Moura.

Brighton are now eight points clear of the relegation zone with just four games to go but manager Chris Hughton said the side were not yet safe.

"What we need now is to keep performing well after a really good performance ahead of a massive game against Burnley", Spaniard Bruno added.

However, Brighton were back on level terms in the 50th minute as Izquierdo won a penalty by inducing Aurier's rash challenge.

The decision to award a penalty appeared generous, but Gross cared little as he whipped the resulting spot-kick low to Lloris' right for his sixth Premier League goal of the campaign.

Correction note: An earlier version of this story mentioned the Tottenham-Brighton match was in the FA Cup.

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