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Wednesday 18 September 2019

Spurs leave it late after dominant display

LATE WINNER: Eriksen (left). Pic: Reuters
LATE WINNER: Eriksen (left). Pic: Reuters

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.

The win moved them to 70 points, four ahead of Arsenal in fifth place, and they look set to book a fourth year of Champions League football with three games remaining.

For Brighton, who defended stoutly for much of the game, conceding so late would have left them feeling deflated but they can have no complaints and they remain just three points ahead of Cardiff.

It was clear that they had not come to play an expansive game and with Spurs starting all of their available big guns it became an exercise in home attack versus away defence.

Denied

But the hosts were never going to find it easy to search for a way through the 11 Brighton men behind the ball and clear-cut chances were proving difficult to come by in the opening 45 minutes.

They were denied by some heroic defending in the 20th minute as Lewis Dunk blocked Jan Vertonghen's low shot, with a goalmouth scramble ensuing while they peppered Mat Ryan's goal with long-distance efforts as Vertonghen, Eriksen and Lucas Moura all teed off.

Spurs did find themselves susceptible to a rare Brighton counter attack. However, Brighton could have no complaints about the result, even though they will be sore about such a late concession.

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