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Tottenham Reigns The Late Game With 3 Stoppage-time Winners In 11 Matches

Matt Barlow, a reporter for the Daily Mail, wrote the following section for the blog.

Released: 10:30 PM GMT, February 11th, 2024 | Revised: 7:45 AM GMT, February 12th, 2024

As Tottenham secured yet another last-minute triumph, James Maddison lacked the stamina to dash towards the goal for the customary celebration. Nevertheless, he had ample time to relish the moment as he collapsed on the ground.

"We seem to do it frequently, right? I really want us to have a comfortable winning margin of 3-0," expressed Maddison following Tottenham's win against Brighton. The victory was sealed with a goal from Brennan Johnson in the 96th minute, after Tottenham came from behind.

Ange Postecoglou has managed to secure three victories in stoppage time during the 11 Premier League home games. All three wins were achieved while kicking towards the massive South Stand, where over 17,500 fans cheered them on.

During this season, they managed to attain victory in a perplexing manner. Firstly, they compelled Liverpool to score an own goal in the final moments of the game, despite Liverpool having only nine players left on the field. Additionally, they secured a win against Sheffield United by scoring two goals in the added time, right before the end of 100th minute which changed the results of the match.

Maddison expressed that winning in the final moments of a game possesses a certain attractiveness. He stated that scoring goals towards the end of the game requires a lot of determination and perseverance, which is a great feeling.

In the span of 11 games, Tottenham's latest victory against Brighton was scored by Brennan Johnson in the last few moments of the match. This marks the third time that the team has secured a late victory.

According to Ange Postecoglou, it is important not to let the time and score of the game control your style of play.

Postecoglou would definitely concur. His squad is not exempt from allowing goals towards the end of the game, which includes a tying goal during their recent game against Everton. Nevertheless, embracing a mindset to continually push forward and choosing not to play it safe - even if it leads to vulnerability - is vital to his belief system.

Having concrete proof that something can bring benefits is significant, despite the fact that the manager of Spurs wasn't completely satisfied with the way the team played against Brighton.

Postecoglou stated that one's gameplay should not be dictated by the clock or scoreboard. Instead, individuals should always aim for scoring regardless of their team's current status, whether leading by 1-0 or trailing 1-0.

At times it may seem illogical to adopt this strategy even when you're leading by a goal, but it truly pays off in those matches where you're behind. You don't have to alter your game plan, nor do you need to take any orders from me. Our team is fully aware of our methods and procedures. As a team that strives to consistently achieve victories, I prefer to lean towards this approach rather than attempting to safeguard a lead.

Of course, having good substitutes on the bench is helpful. Postecoglou requires his team to play with relentless energy. Maddison played until the end of the game for the first time since coming back from injury and was exhausted as he contributed to Johnson's goal. On the other hand, Son Heung-min, who ran down the left and gave an excellent assist, and Johnson, who scored the goal, were still quite fresh. They were brought in at the 62nd minute, right after Pape Matar Sarr had equalized Gross's penalty in the first half.

In September, Tottenham managed to score a goal against Sheffield United during the final moments of the game. This was made possible because Postecoglou decided to bring in some new attackers to replace tired players. These attackers were Johnson, Richarlison, and Ivan Perisic.

James Maddison expressed his joy in experiencing the beauty of winning at the last minute and the delightful emotions that come with it.

Tottenham had a great game, with a final score of 2-0. The team played in a 4-3-3 formation, with Vicario as the goalie and Porro, Romero, Van de Ven, and Udogie as the defenders. Sarr, Bentancur, and Maddison were the midfielders, while Kulusevski, Richarlison, and Werner played as the forwards. The first goal was scored by Sarr in the 61st minute, and Johnson secured the win with a goal in the 90+6 minute. Maddison and Sarr were both booked during the game, but overall the team played well under the guidance of Manager Ange Postecoglou.

The football team from Brighton played in a formation of 4-2-3-1 and the player named Steele got a score of 7.5. Lamptey, who scored 7, was replaced in the last minute by Baleba. Van Hecke, who scored 7.5, played alongside Dunk, who scored 7, and Estupinan, who also scored 7. Gross, who scored 7.5, worked alongside Gilmour, who also scored 7, but was replaced in the last minute by Baker-Boaitey. Buonanotte, who scored 6.5 and was booked, was replaced by Veltman in the 83rd minute. Lallana, who also scored 6.5, was replaced by Fati, who scored a 6, in the 57th minute. Mitoma, who scored 7, was on the team along with Welbeck, who scored 7.5, but was replaced by Ferguson in the last few minutes of the game. Gross scored their only goal in the 17th minute by penalty. Buonanotte, Estupinan, and Dunk were all booked. The assistant manager, Andrea Maldera, was given a score of 7.

The official in charge of the game was Sam Barrott and the number of individuals present in the stadium was 61,445.

In the match against Liverpool, it seems that the visitors were exhausted, especially since they were playing with only nine players when Joel Matip accidentally scored an own goal. With rules allowing for five substitutions and games lasting up to 100 minutes, having a strong bench is essential. Unfortunately, injuries and call-ups for international matches have prevented Postecoglou from having that advantage in the past few weeks.

There are some teams, such as Brighton, that follow similar playing principles as Tottenham. Brighton recently gained the return of two key players, Kaoru Mitoma and Ansu Fati, but unfortunately lost their top scorer, Joao Pedro. Additionally, Roberto de Zerbi is set to return to training today after missing Saturday's game due to a sideline ban. He had to observe the game from his home in Italy due to dental surgery.

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