Last gasp Eriksen strike seals all three points for Spurs

Tuesday 23rd April Tottenham Hotspur 1-0 Brighton & Hove Albion

A dominant Spurs left it late to break the resolute defence of relegation candidates Brighton.

Backs to the wall type defending from the impressive Lewis Dunk and Shane Duffy looked to have been enough for the Albion to gain a vital point in their bid to avoid the drop.

Tottenham registered 29 shots on Matt Ryan’s goal and completed dominated the possession of the game as Brighton were restricted to attempts from set-pieces and counter-attacks.

Spurs went agonisingly close to scoring through Lucas Moura and Dele Alli who both had efforts cleared off the line whilst Toby Alderweireld hit the post with a header.

It proved to be a frustrating afternoon for Spurs fans until the 88th minute where Spurs finally scored through an emphatic strike from Christian Eriksen.

The Danish playmaker arrowed a driven shot into the bottom corner from 25 yards, which took the roof off the Tottenham Hotspur stadium.
The win leaves Spurs in 3rd place, 3 points behind London rivals Chelsea.

Chances created

It may have been a frustrating evening for the Spurs players, with it taking all of 88 minutes to open the scoring but it wasn’t through want of trying. On the surface, it may look like a narrow victory, but it was far from it.

Tottenham created 29 attempts at goal – that’s nearly one every 3 minutes.
Tottenham completed dominated possession, claiming 80% of the standing, shifting the ball quickly in the midfield.

To have nearly 30 attempts at goal in a Premier League match is some going and just shows what type of game this was. Brighton came with a game plan and nearly executed it but Tottenham proved to be too good.

Poch’s verdict

“Brighton were a really brave opponent. The most important thing is we believed, didn’t give up and tried different ways to score.
“It is three very important points and to be in a good position in the table. The team are doing a fantastic effort after tough games against Manchester City.
“The team are not as fresh as we wanted, not just legs, but minds, so we have to congratulate the players. I’m so proud of them.”

Man of the Match – Lewis Dunk

The colossal defender nearly did enough to keep a rampant Spurs side at bay alongside his Irish teammate Duffy.

An important three points

This game could’ve been and nearly was a potential banana skin against a well-drilled Chris Hughton side.

On paper, many would’ve had down nothing more than a routine Spurs win but this was a Brighton side who are fighting for their lives and no team wants to play a team in that position, where teams are digging deep and putting together heroic performances.

As the race for fourth place nears its end, it was vital that Spurs picked up all three points as they look to secure Champions League football for next season whilst of course still being heavily involved in this seasons competition.