The Seagulls looked good value for a point in the spring sunshine with Antonio Conte’s Spurs floundering having finally taken fourth place off Arsenal with last week’s defeat for the Gunners at home to Brighton.
And yet they fell to the same fate with Leandro Trossard’s 90th-minute winner.
Here’s how Conte’s side rated at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium…
Hugo Lloris – 6
Largely untroubled, albeit thanks to some important blocks from those in front of him.
Cristian Romero – 6
Classy and composed as ever until blunder gave Trossard possession and the winning goal.
Eric Dier – 6
Struggled to find passes to break the lines but solid in defence until the late winner.
Ben Davies – 5
Almost put Lloris in trouble with casual back pass after magnificent control and got away with error in possession deep in own final third. Key block to deny Lamptey.
Sergio Reguilon – 6
Returned on left in place of injured Matt Doherty. Opportunistic long throw created chance for Son and miraculously avoided a booking for cynical foul on Mwepu.
Rodrigo Bentancur – 6
Crucial touch to take Joel Veltman flick clear of danger and went close with long-range effort at the other end. Booked and subbed.
Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg – 6
On the receiving end of tackle that should have earned Mwepu second booking and fired great ball across goal that was crying out for finishing touch. Did fine in midfield battle but outshone by Bissouma.
Emerson Royal – 5
Clunky in possession and little attacking threat but did bail out Davies with timely intervention on Caicedo.
Dejan Kulusevski – 5
Booked – and should have been sent off – for a frustrated lash out at Cucurella during quiet display before being replaced soon after the hour.
Heung-min Son – 5
That a chance early in the second-half was his first real threatening moment said plenty about a display that failed to live up to recent electric form. Probably forgiven an off-day.
Harry Kane – 5
Denied by vital Veltman tackle before leaving hearts in mouths when appearing to hurt famously fragile ankle in unnecessary collision with Sanchez. Not as involved as usual as packed Brighton midfield denied him space to drop deep.
Lucas Moura (Kulusevski, 64’) – 6
Added some much-needed thrust.
Harry Winks (Bentancur, 72’) – 6
Steven Bergwijn (Son, 88’) – 5
Squandered brilliant late chance at immediate equaliser.
Unused:Gollini, Sanchez, Rodon, Lavinier, Winks, Sessegnon, White, Bergwijn