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Tottenham Hotspur - Brighton & Hove Albion
Premier League - 23 April 2019
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And that is that. Eriksen's 88th-minute winner is enough to beat a Brighton side who remain just three points above the relegation zone with three games remaining.
Spurs consolidate third - now three points above fourth-placed Chelsea, though Arsenal could close the gap on Wednesday.
Brighton suddenly have to attack but that could be that after March shoots harmlessly wide.
Ironic cheers now as Lloris takes his time with the goal-kick. Hugo! chant the home fans.
- OffHeung-Min SonTottenham Hotspur
- OnJuan FoythTottenham Hotspur
Off goes Son - now Spurs can waste time!
FOUR minutes added on.
- GoalChristian EriksenTottenham Hotspur
GOAL! Eriksen to the rescue! With two minutes left, the Brighton barrier is breached. The Dane fires a low strike past Ryan from distance and it's joy for the hosts, heartbreak for the visitors.
- OffYves BissoumaBrighton & Hove Albion
- OnBeram KayalBrighton & Hove Albion
Why not, I suppose, moments after coming on Kayal shoots from distance but curls it well wide of Lloris.
Now Brighton have a free-kick in the Spurs half and Dunk and Duffy come forward......
Gross' ball in is poor however.
Rose takes a tumble in the box under pressure from March but he won't be getting a penalty for that!
Not. Long. Left.
SAVE! Eriksen's low strike is parried by Ryan and it almost falls for Janssen...but there is Dunk to make another vital interception.
- OffVictor WanyamaTottenham Hotspur
- OnBen DaviesTottenham Hotspur
And now on comes Davies for Wanyama... change of approach - push Rose and Trippier further up, I guess?
- OffLucas MouraTottenham Hotspur
- OnVincent JanssenTottenham Hotspur
Here comes Vincent Janssen! On for Moura - what a moment this would be...
He last played for Spurs 20 (TWENTY) months ago!
Last five minutes - 60% of play in Brighton's third. 40% in the middle. 0% near Lloris in Spurs' third.
OVER! Son snatches at his attempt and fires over the bar when shooting on the turn. Time running out for Spurs.
- OffAlireza JahanbakhshBrighton & Hove Albion
- OnSolly MarchBrighton & Hove Albion
OVER! PENALTY? Moura nods it down for Alli who fires over, but Duffy does take him out after... no penalty despite the Spurs players' protests.
OFF THE POST! How's your luck? It's a quality couple of touches from Alderweireld to set himself on the edge of the area, and as he shoots on the turn his effort hits the inside of the post before Brighton clear the following cross.
Spurs have crept up to 77% possession, not sure when Brighton's 23% has been... The hosts on top, but struggling STILL to create a telling chance.
Dunk and Duffy have been rocks for Brighton so far tonight. Spurs have little more than 20 minutes to chip away and get that winner they're desperately searching for.
SAVE! Closest Spurs have come this half and it's Rose from distance, but Ryan is there to parry it into the air before claiming it at the second time of asking.
- OffFlorin AndoneBrighton & Hove Albion
- OnGlenn MurrayBrighton & Hove Albion
Andone, perhaps lucky to still be on the pitch, walks off with Murray replacing him. Andone a bit miffed as to why he's been subbed too.
More brilliant defending from Brighton as Bissouma slides in to intercept Son... it goes out for a corner and it's cleared only so far as Alli - who passes back to Moura and Spurs look to build from the back... but Llorente is offside when it's sent back into the mixer!
Patient build-up again from Spurs and Son goes for goal, but curls his effort from distance over the bar.
Plenty of sideways passes from Spurs but they are struggling with that final delivery - Brighton standing firm so far. They want a point, that enough is clear.
The first half slipped away from Spurs and the second is in danger of doing the same. 10 minutes gone, one-way traffic, but nothing too probing from Spurs...
How can Spurs shake things up? Well, their only attacker on the bench is the lesser-spotted Vincent Janssen...
OVER! Son takes another free-kick and finds Eriksen in the middle 25 yards out, but his effort is a yard over.
Whistles for Ryan as he takes an age to take the goal-kick again. Won't be long before he's booked if it stays 0-0!
Looked like a set-piece tactic as Vertonghen was dragged to the ground to free up Duffy at the back post - the referee didn't spot it, but it was just too tight an angle to trouble Lloris.
- Yellow cardChristian EriksenTottenham Hotspur
Early booking for Eriksen after he cynically brings down Bernardo, who was looking to break for Brighton.
SAVE! The ball is then pumped into the box by Brighton but Duffy's header is saved by Lloris after Vertonghen hit the deck.
- 2nd Half
There goes the second-half whistle.
Spurs had 14 shots but only two on target in the opening 45 - Brighton just the one blocked shot...
- End of 1st Half
SO CLOSE! Alli brings the ball down superbly and his stabbed effort takes a slight touch off goalkeeper Ryan before Duffy blocks it on the line. Ryan they gratefully clutches onto the ball and Brighton survive.
And there goes half-time! More than 75% possession for Spurs but no goals...
Just the one minute added on.
Spurs have to step this up after the break. All too slow!
CHANCES! The game opens up, and it is Andone who goes on the break before being tackled by Rose, but the Brighton forward does almost meet Jahanbakhsh's cross moments later.
Down the other end Moura's stinging effort forces Ryan into making a simple stop.
LUCKY MAN? Moments after his first yellow, Andone goes in late on Trippier. He escapes a yellow though, with the referee presumably telling his captain Dunk that it will be his last warning...
- Yellow cardFlorin AndoneBrighton & Hove Albion
Andone gets the first yellow for fouling Rose, but also by virtue that it's the eighth foul Brighton have conceded.
WHAT A BLOCK! Dunk has had a terrific game so far, and he somehow gets a vital touch near his own goal-line to prevent Moura finding Alli with Ryan beaten.
Spurs yet to get out of second gear really, and this Brighton side are clearly here for the taking. The visitors slowing it down when they can. 'Do a Burnley', and all that.
And check this out over in La Liga - all happening away from the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium....
Patient build-up results in a Wanyama shot which is blocked, and the midfielder is then fouled some 25 yards out.
Son opts to take it quick but Moura is then dispossessed - reckon Eriksen and Trippier won't be best pleased with Son, but Moura did look open.
Good punch away from Lloris under pressure from Dunk, who did appear to push Vertonghen but get away with it in the Spurs area when the cross came in.
The pressure from Spurs is mounting. Finding plenty of joy down the left with Rose too...
Locadia fouls Rose and Spurs have a chance to cross it in from a decent angle...
Eriksen stands over it... could he shoot??
SCRAMBLE! He does indeed shoot and it pinballs around the box before falling for Vertonghen, who sees his shot blocked before Brighton just about clear the danger.
Opta now saying seven seconds but it's still a record that Long goal. Check it out below if you're in the UK...
The corner comes in and Dunk's header deflects over off Vertonghen...
The second corner is cleared by Trippier!
Alli down in the box meanwhile after landing awkwardly... Not a sight Spurs fans want to see but he's back up and will not require treatment.
Brighton have a free-kick and they now have a corner after Wanyama's swipe in the area flies over his own bar.
Wowza. Burnley's goalkeeper Tom Heaton was yellow carded for time-wasting in the first half at Chelsea last night.
If Mat Ryan's first goal-kick is anything to go by, he could join him in the first half here...
He has a second goal-kick and the referee is already urging him to be quicker.
CLOSE! Eriksen tries his luck from 25 yards out. It's a low strike and Alli looks to flick it into the opposite corner, but he can't quite get a touch on the ball as it bounces wide.
A quiet start in comparison at Spurs. Home fans in good voice, and their players are controlling possession. Chances will come, no doubt.
New take, this.
And Long just so happens to have taken that record from former Spurs captain Ledley King, who is watching on from the stands at this game!
Opta say Long's goal at Vicarage Road is the fastest in Premier League history!
Spurs meanwhile have a free-kick some 25 yards out but it's just wide enough for Trippier to cross instead of Eriksen to shoot...
The ball comes in and Vertonghen heads harmlessly over.
There's another Premier League game going on at the same time... and Shane Long has put Southampton ahead at Watford AFTER UNDER TEN SECONDS!!
- 1st Half
Right then. Away we go at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
Out come the players. Expecting Spurs to get the job done here and consolidate their place at third in the table.
Battling a Brighton side fighting to stay up though, so let's see...
Brighton have not scored in their past five league games, picking up just a point along the way. Worryingly, they've had just five shots on target in those five games too...
And Spurs at their new home? Three games, three wins, seven goals scored, none conceded.
Hughton knows his Brighton side need a result to ease their relegation fears tonight…
“We're a team of our level playing in the Premier League and, up until probably the last month or so, we've been in a decent enough position in the league," he said.
“Probably our poorest period came at the worst time, but that happens when you're playing in a division as difficult as this one and when you are the level of club that we are.
"We have to find formulas and pull out results to get the points that we need."
Will that new stadium bounce continue, or will the upcoming Champions League semi-final prove a distraction for Mauricio Pochettino’s side?
"We hope we can keep going, getting the same result," Pochettino said. "It is going to be fantastic and it is going to be helpful for us playing in the new stadium with our fans and we hope and wish to repeat the performances of the previous results.
"We are not thinking of Ajax. We showed that [against Man City]. Now our energy is in Brighton. It is so clear that we have two objectives - one is to be in the top four at the end of the season and the other is to beat Ajax, but we need to go step-by-step."
Remaining fixtures and points
- 3rd: Spurs (67pts) : Brighton (H), West Ham (H), Bournemouth (A), Everton (H)
- 4th: Chelsea (67pts): Man Utd (A), Watford (H), Leicester (A)
- 5th: Arsenal (66pts): Wolves (A), Leicester (A), Brighton (H), Burnley (A)
- 6th: Man Utd (64pts): Man City (H), Chelsea (H), Huddersfield (A), Cardiff (H)
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Pochettino makes five changes from the 1-0 defeat at Man City on the weekend as Danny Rose, Kieran Trippier, Fernando Llorente, Victor Wanyama and Hugo Lloris all come in.
There are six Brighton changes - Bernardo, Martin Montoya, Alireza Jahanbakhsh, Jurgen Locadia, Florin Andone and Yves Bissouma all return to the XI.
Tottenham XI: Lloris, Trippier, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Rose, Wanyama, Eriksen, Alli, Moura, Son, Llorente
Subs: Gazzaniga, Sanchez, Janssen, Dier, Foyth, Davies, Skipp
Brighton XI: Ryan, Bernardo, Duffy, Dunk, Stephens, Bissouma, Montoya, Gross, Jahanbakhsh, Locadia, Andone
Subs: Button, Bong, Kayal, Balogun, Murray, March, Burn
Evening all. The battle no one seemingly wants to win resumes as Tottenham look to boost their top-four prospects with victory at home to lowly Brighton tonight.
But it’s a huge match for Brighton too, with Chris Hughton’s side three points above the relegation zone and having the chance to move six points clear of Cardiff with three games to go after tonight.
Kick-off is at 7.45pm. Stay here for live updates throughout.
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