Brighton and Hove Albion forward Aaron Connolly has been added to the Republic of Ireland squad after scoring his first Premier League goals in a 3-0 win over Tottenham.

The Galway-born 19-year-old was handed his first start as Brighton went in search of their first Premier League win in six games at Amex Stadium, where Neal Maupay put the hosts in front.

Connolly then struck twice in 33 minutes as Graham Potter's side earned a memorable victory, and the teenager's performance caught the eye of Ireland boss Mick McCarthy.

Along with Blackburn Rovers defender Derrick Williams, Connolly has been added to the squad for the forthcoming Euro 2020 qualifiers against Georgia and Switzerland.

McCarthy explained the addition of the pair came after Portsmouth's Ronan Curtis and Blackburn Rovers duo Greg Cunningham and Darragh Lenihan suffered injuries.

"Aaron and Derrick will join up with the squad on Sunday after injuries to Ronan, Greg and Darragh," said McCarthy.

"I have spoken to Aaron and Derrick and they are looking forward to meeting up with us. Aaron enjoyed his full debut for Brighton and we have been keeping a close eye on his progress this season.

"Derrick was in the extended 41-man squad for these games and playing regularly for Blackburn so this is his chance now."

Connolly, who has represented Ireland at under-17, under-19 and under-21 level, will travel to Tbilisi with the senior squad on Thursday ahead of Saturday's clash with Georgia.

Tottenham have confirmed goalkeeper Hugo Lloris dislocated his elbow during Saturday's 3-0 defeat at Brighton and Hove Albion after he was assessed at a nearby hospital.

The France international fell awkwardly after Neal Maupay headed Brighton into the lead three minutes into the match at Amex Stadium and had to be taken off on a stretcher.

Lloris was replaced by Paulo Gazzaniga, who conceded twice more as Aaron Connolly's brace ensured a comfortable win for Brighton.

A statement on Tottenham's official website said: "We can confirm that Hugo Lloris sustained a dislocated elbow during Saturday's match against Brighton.

"Our club captain was stretchered off as a result of the injury and will return to London after being assessed at a local hospital.

"Assessment will continue in the coming week to ascertain the full extent of the injury and the length of time he will require to undergo rehabilitation."

Brendan Rodgers felt Liverpool were fortunate to be awarded the penalty that led to their 95th-minute winner in a game in which he believes Leicester City held their own.

Liverpool led at the break through Sadio Mane but passed up several chances to increase their advantage, leading to James Maddison levelling 10 minutes from time.

But the Premier League leaders rallied and Mane won a stoppage-time penalty as he tangled with Marc Albrighton, with James Milner clinical from the spot.

Rodgers described the award as "very soft" and suggested the VAR, with approved the referee's decision, would not have overturned the call if it had gone Leicester's way.

"To concede a 95th-minute penalty was difficult to take," the former Liverpool boss said. "I thought we deserved a point from the game.

"You come to the European champions and you have to be resilient and deal with moments of pressure and show your own qualities. I felt we did that.

"To come from behind, it looked as the half wore on, I thought we could go on and win the game. We conceded a goal when we were in control of the situation.

"I thought it was a very soft penalty - I didn't think it was a clear and obvious penalty, that's for sure. But when the referee gives it, it's probably hard for the VAR to go against it. It was disappointing.

"But I'm very proud of the team and the personality we showed against a top-class side with so many qualities. To come here and be that competitive, it shows we are very much on the right path."

He added on Mane's role in the penalty: "I think he has made the most of the contact. We're in control of the situation.

"Strikers now, modern strikers, they are clever. He has had a touch and gone over. If the referee didn't give it, I don't think anyone would have said it was a clear and obvious error. Unfortunately, it went against us."

Another of several late flashpoints saw Hamza Choudhury booked for a challenge on Mohamed Salah that saw the Liverpool man hobble off with an apparent ankle issue.

Jurgen Klopp was critical of Choudhury, who has been involved in similar previous incidents with Jonathan Bamba and Matt Ritchie, but Rodgers leapt to his defence.

"I don't think it was an overly bad challenge," Rodgers said. "Mo Salah is coming inside and the speed he travels and Hamza is coming back, there is a clash.

"I'm not sure if it looks like a dead leg or whatever? I have tried to look at it again on the images but the camera is quite a way away.

"The emotion of the game, at that time, it might seem worse than it was. He was just getting himself back. Mo Salah cuts across him and there's a collision.

"He's an honest boy, Hamza, he makes challenges, he's aggressive but I don't think there was anything malicious."

Ayoze Perez and Andy Robertson also clashed at the final whistle, yet Rodgers dismissed the incident as "nothing".

Jurgen Klopp is not concerned about maintaining Liverpool's outstanding winning run, acknowledging it means little just eight games into the Premier League season.

The Reds have won 17 consecutive top-flight matches - one short of the all-time record - and moved eight points clear of Manchester City, who are yet to play this weekend, as they defeated Leicester City 2-1 at Anfield.

But with a long way to go still in Liverpool's pursuit of a first league title since 1990, Klopp is instead focusing on each individual match in turn.

The Liverpool boss believes his players are doing likewise, recognising their effort in chasing a late victory after James Maddison equalised for Leicester following Sadio Mane's opener.

Speaking at a news conference following James Milner's 95th-minute penalty winner, Klopp said: "We respect the hard work we have to do. It's so far, so good, but there are 30 games to come.

"We are not fussed really by the situation when people talk to us about the winning streak or whatever, not really.

"We are in a game, then you can see the boys today did not look for a second like a team who have won so many games they don't have the desire anymore to win another one. They looked like they'd never won a game. I loved that.

"Then, in the stadium, the atmosphere was brilliant, at 1-1, everything was positive in the stadium - that's so helpful. It was a really good performance all over from the Liverpool family.

"Now the boys travel literally all over the world [for the international break] and hopefully they come back healthy before we prepare for Manchester United."

Klopp suggested Liverpool's perfect start to the season had come by adopting a game-by-game approach, rather than worrying about the run ending as it almost did on Saturday.

"We don't play for keeping the winning streak alive - we just want to win the football game," he said. "You have to respect all the things, defend your opponent, blah, blah, blah.

"If winning eight games in a row was easy, a lot of teams would do it. It is not easy in this league, with all the opponents we have. It's not easy, it's really difficult."

Hugo Lloris has been replaced in France's squad by Mike Maignan for their upcoming Euro 2020 qualifiers after the Tottenham goalkeeper suffered an arm injury on Saturday. 

France captain Lloris was injured in the third minute of Spurs' 3-0 defeat to Brighton and Hove Albion. 

He dropped a Pascal Gross cross – allowing Neal Maupay to bundle in – and landed awkwardly on his left arm. 

After prolonged medical attention, Lloris was carried off the pitch on a stretcher and taken to hospital for scans. 

Media reports have claimed the 32-year-old is set to be out for two months with a dislocated elbow, though neither Spurs nor manager Mauricio Pochettino have officially commented on his diagnosis. 

Hugo Lloris, blessé ce samedi avec Tottenham, ne pourra pas participer aux deux prochains matches des Bleus. Il est remplacé par le Lillois Mike Maignan @mmseize pic.twitter.com/2JQ4Gm8cOC

— Equipe de France  (@equipedefrance) October 5, 2019

Either way, Lloris will be unable to feature for France against Iceland on Friday and Turkey the following Monday. 

Lille's Maignan will take his place with the 24-year-old aiming to win his first cap having been an unused substitute for France's past five fixtures. 

He joins goalkeepers Alphonse Areola and Steve Mandanda in the squad. 

Liverpool are one of only six clubs to have won all of their opening eight matches of a top-flight season in England.

Saturday's 2-1 victory over Leicester City, courtesy of a James Milner penalty deep into injury time, means Jurgen Klopp's side have matched a feat the club first achieved back in 1991.

It also stretches Liverpool's run to 17 consecutive league victories, putting them just one short of matching the record set by Pep Guardiola's Manchester City between August and December two years ago.

City have never opened a season with eight wins in a row, though. Chelsea, Manchester United, Tottenham, Sheffield United and Everton are the only teams apart from Liverpool to have managed that.

Surprisingly, such a start has mostly led to an unsuccessful bid to win the top-flight title.

Of the seven occasions that a team has won eight from eight at the start of the season, only twice has that side gone on to become champions of England in that same campaign.

Chelsea managed it under Jose Mourinho in 2005-06, but you have to go back to 1961 for the only other instance, when Tottenham won their second and most recent league title.

In 1991, Liverpool finished second to Arsenal after their perfect start, while Manchester United could only manage fourth after winning their first 10 in a row in 1985-86.

Sheffield United ended up down in seventh after storming to eight straight wins to kick off the campaign back in 1904, and Everton were league runners-up to Sunderland in 1894-95.

Can Liverpool buck this trend in 2019-20? Their first game after the international break might give some indication, when they will look to match City's 18-match winning run – by beating Manchester United at Old Trafford.

Liverpool needed a James Milner penalty deep in second-half stoppage time to edge to a 2-1 victory over Leicester City as they were made to sweat for their eighth consecutive Premier League win of the season.

James Maddison's second-half strike cancelled out Sadio Mane's first-half opener at Anfield where Milner converted a spot-kick, much to the relief of Jurgen Klopp and an expectant home crowd.

The pressure on Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino increased after his side were beaten 3-0 by Brighton, leaving the Champions League finalists with a record of two wins and three defeats from their last seven Premier League games.

Watford's wait for a first win of the season goes on after their goalless draw with Sheffield United, but there were victories elsewhere for Burnley and Aston Villa - the latter subjecting Norwich City to a humiliating 5-1 home defeat.

TOUGHEST TEST YET FOR HIGH-FLYING REDS

It looked like another comfortable game in prospect for Liverpool when Mane rolled in the opening goal five minutes before half-time against Leicester.

But the Foxes had only been beaten once this season before arriving on Merseyside and they matched the league leaders for long spells before Maddison made their pressure count by rattling an equaliser into the net 10 minutes from time.

Liverpool attempted 11 second-half shots to Leicester's two but remained on course to drop points for the first time this season until Marc Albrighton fouled Mane in the box with the clock ticking down.

Milner swept the ensuing penalty into the net to maintain the Reds' 100 per cent record ahead of second-placed Manchester City's clash with Wolves on Sunday.

LLORIS FORCED OFF AS SPURS' SLUMP CONTINUES

Tottenham's afternoon got off to a terrible start when goalkeeper Hugo Lloris gifted Neal Maupay with Brighton's opening goal and then had to be taken off on a stretcher with a serious arm injury.

Mauricio Pochettino's men, still smarting from a 7-2 Champions League thumping by Bayern Munich and a run of one win in their previous five matches, found themselves trailing by two after 32 minutes when Aaron Connolly scored his first senior goal for Brighton in his first Premier League start.

The visitors came out looking bright after the interval as they attempted to break the storm clouds gathering over their coach's head but mustered just two shots on target in a tepid second half.

Brighton, meanwhile, continued to probe and press for openings, and Connolly scored the pick of the goals after 65 minutes to wrap up a memorable afternoon for him and a first league win for the Seagulls since the opening day.

WESLEY BAGS BRACE FOR RAMPANT VILLA

The last time Aston Villa scored five goals in a Premier League away match was in April 2008 but they achieved the feat again in a 5-1 demolition of sorry Norwich City.

Dean Smith's men won just one of their opening seven league games this season but raced into a two-goal lead at Carrow Road within half an hour, thanks to Wesley's sharp shooting.

The Brazilian forward then missed a penalty but a superb second-half display from the visitors ensured it mattered not, with Jack Grealish and Conor Hourihane doubling Villa's lead before Douglas Luiz gave the travelling supporters a moment to treasure.

The 21-year-old received the ball 20 yards from goal and guided a curling shot into the top corner of Michael McGovern's net and, although Josip Drmic bagged a consolation for the Canaries, it was Villa's fans who went home smiling.

Jurgen Klopp was furious with Hamza Choudhury for a late challenge on Mohamed Salah that saw the Liverpool winger hobble out of his side's Premier League win against Leicester City. 

Liverpool snatched a last-gasp victory at home to Leicester through James Milner's 95th-minute penalty, moving eight points clear of champions Manchester City ahead of their fixture at home to Wolves on Sunday. 

The award of the stoppage-time spot-kick was hotly contested by Leicester, but VAR sided with referee Chris Kavanagh after Marc Albrighton tangled with Sadio Mane, who earlier opened the scoring before James Maddison's equaliser. 

Rather than discuss the decisive call of the contest, though, Klopp preferred to focus on Choudhury's rash lunge on Salah, for which the midfielder earned only a yellow card. 

Klopp cited an earlier incident involving Newcastle United’s Matt Ritchie as he questioned Choudhury's intentions in a clash with Salah that left Liverpool waiting for news on their star man. 

"It was a clear penalty, I stand here and should be only happy because of the way the boys did it," he told Sky Sports, adding: "But I cannot get over the Choudhury yellow card. 

"He should know better. He maybe was unlucky with Ritchie, but he has to calm down. You cannot only go for the man, a yellow card. 

"Mo is lying in the dressing room. How can he be okay? We don't know how he is, but that's hard. 

"Three years in a row, we've been the team with the lowest yellow cards, we don't do these things. But that's really not okay." 

Choudhury was sent off for England Under-21s at the European Championships in June following an awful challenge on France's Jonathan Bamba, who suffered ankle ligament damage. 

The Leicester midfielder was then only booked for a tackle on Newcastle’s Ritchie in August which Steve Bruce described as a "horror challenge", with the Scotland international still out of action. 

Salah had been set for a period of rest during the upcoming international break regardless, with Egypt confirming his absence from their upcoming camp. 

"The technical team of the national team confirmed the decision to exempt Liverpool star Mohamed Salah from joining the current camp with the desire to rest him and ease the burden of games in this period in order to recover and get rid of the stress resulting from his successive participation with his club, so that he is in full physical and mental health to participate in the next official commitments," a statement from the Egyptian Football Association read. 

Mauricio Pochettino reiterated his commitment to Tottenham and denied being concerned about his job status following another humbling defeat.

Last season's Champions League finalists ended a miserable week in deflating fashion at the Amex Stadium, losing 3-0 to Brighton and Hove Albion in the Premier League.

Captain Hugo Lloris had to be taken off on a stretcher after suffering a serious arm injury when the goalkeeper fumbled a cross, stumbled backwards and gifted the Seagulls a third-minute lead.

Spurs never recovered from Neal Maupay's goal and the fresh wounds from their humiliating 7-2 loss to Bayern Munich were further deepened by teenager Aaron Connolly's double.

Pochettino last month admitted to grappling with an "unsettled squad" but, when quizzed on his own level of dedication, insisted nothing had changed.

The former Southampton boss was linked to Manchester United and Real Madrid at various stages last season and previously stated he would have considered quitting had Spurs won the Champions League in June.

"My commitment is there after five and a half years," Pochettino said after the Brighton loss.

"The pundits on the TV need to talk and give their opinions. From my position, I need to accept the criticism. It's not going to change my view the pundit.

"I know very well the business. The faith, the belief is there. I am so strong with that.

"Until the end I am always going to try to give my best. After that it is not my decision."

Saturday's defeat was Tottenham's fifth of the season and they have won only one of their past six games in all competitions, a run that includes being knocked out of the EFL Cup by League Two side Colchester United.

While claiming decisions over his future are beyond his control, Pochettino said the prospect of losing his job was not worth fretting about.

"I am not worried," he said. "What worries me is life, not football. Football is a game, sometimes you win, sometimes you lose.

"Maybe the last two games is a tough situation to accept but I'm not going to be a philosopher.

"What scares me is life, not football. Football is to be strong, to be brave, to take decisions and, of course, face up to things when they are not good.

"That's what we are going to do – face the negative things and try to work hard to change this dynamic."

Sadio Mane scored his 50th Premier League goal for Liverpool in Saturday's clash with Leicester City at Anfield.

The Senegal star reached the milestone on his 100th league appearance for the club, racing onto James Milner's pass and slotting beyond Kasper Schmeichel.

Mane's average of a goal every two games for the Reds underlines his impressive form in his three years since joining from Southampton.

The goal also means Liverpool now have 10 different players to reach 50 in the Premier League, which is more than any other club can boast.

So, how does Mane compare to Liverpool stars past and present in terms of how quickly he reached his half-century? Here are the 10 in full...

10. Steven Gerrard

Liverpool's former captain (and, for many, their greatest ever player) scored his 50th Premier League goal on his 281st appearance, in a shock 3-1 loss to Reading in December 2007. Unsurprisingly, he is the only midfielder on this list.

9. Dirk Kuyt

A forward better known for selflessness than single-mindedness in front of goal, Kuyt reached 50 on his 194th league game for the Reds in a 3-0 win at Wolves in January 2012.

8. Roberto Firmino

Mane's team-mate Firmino reached his half-century in the 3-0 win at Burnley in August – his 141st game in England's top flight.

7. Daniel Sturridge

So often sidelined by injury, Sturridge was a ruthless finisher in his best days for Liverpool and scored his 50th Premier League goal in his 103rd outing, firing in a stunning equaliser away to Chelsea last September.

6. Sadio Mane

Mane's composed finish against Leicester brought up his 50th goal in his 100th game, taking him to eight for the season in all competitions.

5. Michael Owen

The 'Boy Wonder' scored his 50th league goal in just 98 appearances, reaching the tally in a six-goal thriller away to Southampton in August 2000.

4. Robbie Fowler

Fowler needed only 88 games to score 50 times in the Premier League. Fans have fond memories of this particular one, as it came in a 2-0 win over Manchester United in December 1995.

3. Luis Suarez

Suarez struck his 47th, 48th, 49th and 50th Premier League goals in his 86th game. He then set up Raheem Sterling to net the fifth in that memorable 5-1 defeat of Norwich City in December 2013, capping one of the finest individual displays the league has ever seen.

2. Fernando Torres

Scoring 50 goals in just 72 games underlines how devastating Torres was at his peak. His 50th came in December 2009 to secure a 1-0 win at Aston Villa. It looked a record unlikely to be beaten...

1. Mohamed Salah

Salah raced to 50 goals in just 69 games for Liverpool – an astonishing return for a single club surpassed only by Ruud van Nistelrooy for Manchester United (68 games) and Alan Shearer for Blackburn Rovers (66). It came in a 3-1 win over Southampton last April.

James Milner scored a 95th-minute penalty to extend Liverpool's winning run to 17 Premier League matches in a dramatic 2-1 victory over Leicester City at Anfield.

The Reds looked set to ease to victory after Sadio Mane marked his 100th league appearance for the club with his 50th goal five minutes before half-time, but Jurgen Klopp's men missed chance after chance to extend their lead.

And Leicester, having scarcely threatened, struck through James Maddison with 10 minutes remaining as Foxes boss Brendan Rodgers threatened to end the Reds' streak on his first return to Merseyside since his departure in 2015.

However, there was time for late drama as Mane won a penalty having been clipped by Marc Albrighton moments after Mohamed Salah hobbled off with an ankle issue, allowing Milner to net a last-gasp winner.

Liverpool have now triumphed in 17 consecutive top-flight matches - one short of the all-time record - and lead Manchester City by eight points in the table ahead of the champions' Sunday meeting with Wolves.

Tottenham's 3-0 defeat at Brighton and Hove Albion on Saturday condemned Spurs to a second successive loss with 10 goals conceded this week, piling the pressure on manager Mauricio Pochettino. 

Spurs were demolished 7-2 in their own stadium by Bayern Munich in the Champions League on Tuesday, prompting further questions of Pochettino, who continues to be linked with a departure. 

Pochettino urged his team to produce a response at Brighton, telling his players to "man up" and put things right. 

But a Brighton side inspired by 19-year-old Aaron Connolly piled on the misery at the end of a crushing week for Spurs, with Pochettino appearing increasingly defeated and deflated. 

With the manager seemingly running out of ideas, we chart the highs and lows of his time at Spurs. 

LOW – The only way is up 

Tottenham's standing compared to the other big clubs at the start of Pochettino's tenure was laid bare in the first month of the new boss' debut campaign. Liverpool were the visitors, with Spurs hoping for the chance to make something of a statement, but Brendan Rodgers' men blew them away with ease by winning 3-0. It was Spurs' first loss under Pochettino and they went on to miss out on Champions League qualification by six points that term. 


LOW – Stamford Bridge implosion hands Leicester the title 

There was no denying Spurs' vast improvement between Pochettino's first few months and 2016 as they looked to challenge for a maiden Premier League title. However, their form at the end of the season saw them come up short, squandering a 2-0 lead at Chelsea in an ill-tempered encounter to come away with a 2-2 draw, therefore securing a famous success for Leicester City. Pochettino's men finished third, 10 points off the top. 


HIGH – Bidding farewell to White Hart Lane in style 

Having seemingly established themselves as top-four regulars, Spurs looked to further consolidate their new-found status by moving to an extravagant new stadium. In their final outing at the more modest White Hart Lane in May 2017, Spurs downed Manchester United 2-1. A glamourous new era seemed to be on the horizon, with Pochettino steering the Spurs ship expertly. 


HIGH – Spurs hit 13 goals in two games 

Spurs then finished that season in remarkable fashion, crushing Leicester City 6-1 and then going one better against relegated Hull City, winning 7-1 despite both games being away from home. Harry Kane was the star on both occasions, netting four at the King Power Stadium and a treble the following week. Those victories wrapped up a second-place finish in the Premier League. 


HIGH – Manchester United crushed at Old Trafford 

In August 2018, Pochettino was among the favourites to replace an under-fire Jose Mourinho at United and he helped inflict more misery on the Red Devils and make his pitch for the job with an emphatic 3-0 win at Old Trafford. Kane and a Lucas Moura double did the damage, making it the hosts' worst start to a league season since 1992-93. 


HIGH – VAR-ty time as Llorente steers Spurs past City 

Spurs' Champions League hopes appeared to be vanishing against Manchester City in April this year when, after winning 1-0 at home, they found themselves trailing 4-2 in the 59th minute despite earlier leading 2-1 on the night. Fernando Llorente then got what proved the vital goal – the ball striking him and going in, the goal standing even after a VAR check for an apparent handball. Raheem Sterling had no such luck, however, as his stoppage-time goal was disallowed by VAR for offside against Sergio Aguero. Pochettino's men survived a bonkers encounter to reach the last four. 


HIGH – Incredible turnaround secures first Champions League final 

Somehow Spurs managed another lucky escape in the semi-finals as well. A 1-0 defeat at home to Ajax in the first leg had them looking doomed, even more so when Matthijs de Ligt and Hakim Ziyech made it 3-0 on aggregate in the first half of the return fixture in Amsterdam. But a remarkable Lucas Moura hat-trick in the second half sealed a vital 3-2 win in stoppage time and left Ajax devastated. Spurs were heading to Madrid. 


LOW – An underwhelming Champions League final 

Their first Champions League final – it was an historic occasion regardless of the result. Yet, there was an air of frustration at how they approached what proved a tepid contest, with fans bemoaning an apparent lack of attacking intent as a half-fit Harry Kane struggled to make an impact. Mohamed Salah's early penalty gave Pochettino's men an uphill struggle and Divock Origi wrapped things up late on. 


LOW – Battered by Bayern, swept aside at Brighton 

The worst week of Pochettino's reign? If the 7-2 demolition by Bayern Munich at home in the Champions League wasn't bad enough on its own, the embarrassment was exacerbated by the fact an Arsenal academy product – Serge Gnabry – scored four and he certainly milked the occasion. It was the first time Spurs had ever conceded seven at home in a major competition. Despite the pressure increasing on Pochettino, no response was forthcoming on Saturday as Brighton cruised past them 3-0 at the Amex Stadium. 

Mauricio Pochettino claimed the loss of Hugo Lloris to a serious arm injury had a major psychological impact on Tottenham in their chastening 3-0 defeat to Brighton and Hove Albion.

Spurs captain Lloris was given oxygen before being carried from the pitch on a stretcher during the opening stages of Saturday's clash at the Amex Stadium.

The goalkeeper suffered the injury when he spilled a routine cross, stumbled backwards and planted his left arm, which appeared to buckle as he steadied his fall.

Neal Maupay nodded home the loose ball at point-blank range and Brighton went on to add a further two through teenager Aaron Connolly.

The sight of Lloris in agony and a fifth defeat of the season in all competitions capped a demoralising week for Tottenham, who were hammered 7-2 by Bayern Munich in the Champions League on Tuesday.

"I think the news is not good," Pochettino said of the France international, who was taken to hospital.

"We have to wait, the club is going to explain the real situation. Everyone saw on the pitch when he landed that it wasn't a good situation."

He added: "Of course it affected the game. We cannot take the credit from Brighton, but the team suffered a massive impact from that action.

"We tried to find a different way to play in the second half and we didn't have much luck.

"At 3-0 you could see the game was over. I want to say sorry to the fans and thank them for their massive effort."

Tottenham, still seemingly scarred by the result in midweek, offered little resistance after falling behind as they limped to a first defeat to Brighton in 36 years.

Irish forward Connolly was particularly impressive, marking his maiden Premier League start with two well-taken goals either side of half-time.

Graham Potter praised the 19-year-old as he celebrated a pressure-relieving first victory since the opening weekend of the season.

"He's been knocking on the door," Potter told BT Sport when asked about Connolly.

"He's had some substitute appearances and been unlucky not to score. He gives us an extra dimension. I'm delighted for him.

"He's a young lad with a big future and we're delighted we've got him with us."

Tottenham have endured a miserable week but it is not time for Mauricio Pochettino to leave, according to former Spurs midfielder Gus Poyet.

Tottenham were thrashed 7-2 at home to Bayern Munich in the Champions League on Tuesday and followed up that defeat with another dismal outing at Brighton and Hove Albion on Saturday, going down 3-0.

Spurs ended last season in the Champions League final but were sixth in the Premier League at full-time against Brighton, having played a game more than the rest of the top half.

Pressure is building on manager Pochettino, who has not won a trophy with the club, yet Poyet believes it would be best for all involved if he is given the opportunity to turn Tottenham's fortunes around.

"I think he needs to stay. I don't think it's the moment," Poyet, who ended his playing career with the club in 2004, told the BBC World Service.

"I know Mauricio, I played against him in Spain. I know he's a fighter as well as an excellent manager. He's been showing that in the last few years.

"He wouldn't want to go now, not at all. He will want to make sure he gets everybody back in a good place, a happier place, to try to pick the best team to go and perform and, obviously, put the performance and the result behind [them].

"That's what everybody needs at Tottenham right now. These are bad times but, in football, we know things change very quickly. I am sure Mauricio is going to be ready to fight in this bad moment."

Spurs do not play again for a fortnight due to the international break, which Poyet thinks will be helpful as he claimed the players look "very, very worried".

"Normally, when you lose in a bad way, it's good to have a game straight away after two or three days," he said. "There's no time to reflect too much, just prepare the game and play.

"But it's happened too many times now. It's time to say, 'Woah, woah, woah, stop.' They can relax for a while.

"I'm sure some of the players are at least not going to come back from the international break very, very worried, because that's how they look now.

"Their faces on the pitch, when they make a pass and miss, you can see the players are very, very worried about the situation, which is natural.

"Sometimes that needs something external - not training all together again for two weeks, no double sessions getting even worse."

Tottenham crashed out of the EFL Cup last month when they lost on penalties to Colchester United, but Poyet still hopes to see Pochettino deliver silverware.

"I would love him to do it," he added. "I think he deserves to bring trophies - not just for the club but for him, for what he's done for the club.

"I said last season, when I thought everything was set for Spurs to win the Champions League, it looked like it was their year. Some players and especially Pochettino, who has been at Spurs for so long, deserve to win a trophy."

Tottenham's dismal week concluded in humiliating fashion on Saturday as Mauricio Pochettino's side slumped to a 3-0 defeat at Brighton and Hove Albion.

Spurs' hopes of bouncing back from their 7-2 Champions League capitulation to Bayern Munich in midweek took a blow early on when Hugo Lloris' mistake gifted Neal Maupay the opener.

To further compound the visitors' misery, Lloris was subsequently taken off with an arm injury sustained as he landed awkwardly.

Aaron Connolly scored either side of half-time on his first Premier League start to secure a famous win for Brighton and one that leaves Tottenham with plenty to ponder heading into the international break.

Here we take a look at the best Opta facts from a shock result on the south coast.

17 - Tottenham have now lost 17 games in all competitions in 2019, more than any other Premier League side. Spurs have lost as many matches as they have won in this calendar year.

2 - Connolly is the first Irish teenager to score a Premier League double in over 20 years, with former Tottenham striker Robbie Keane having netted twice for Coventry City against Derby County in August 1999.

10 - Spurs have conceded 10 goals in their last two matches. It is the first time they have done so since December 1997, when they lost 6-1 to Chelsea before going down 4-0 to Coventry.

2:30 - Timed at two minutes and 30 seconds, Maupay's opener was Brighton's fastest goal in the Premier League.

100 - Youngster Connolly is the 100th player from the Republic of Ireland to score in the Premier League. The Republic of Ireland is now the fourth nation to have 100 or more different goalscorers in the league, along with England, France and Scotland.

8 - Lloris was taken off after eight minutes. It is the earliest a goalkeeper has been subbed off in a Premier League match since Lloris was replaced after four minutes in a match against Leicester City in March 2015.

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