Late strike from Erickson earned Tottenham a vital win against resistant Brighton

Tottenham 1-0 Brighton

Christian Eriksen’s stunning late winner finally ended Brighton’s resistance to boost Tottenham’s hopes of a top-four finish in the Premier League.

Brighton were on course to gain a valuable point in their battle to avoid relegation before the Denmark playmaker – Spurs’ most effective attacking player throughout the game – shot low into the corner of the net from 25 yards in the 88th minute.

Spurs defender Toby Alderweireld had earlier hit the post while his team-mates Lucas Moura and Dele Alli both had efforts cleared off the goalline.

Brighton were restricted to counter attacks and set pieces, with the impressive central defensive pairing of Lewis Dunk and Shane Duffy both heading off target.

Third-placed Tottenham are now three points ahead of Chelsea and four clear of Arsenal in fifth, although the Gunners have a game in hand.

Brighton – who have to play both Arsenal and title-chasing Manchester City – remain 17th, three points clear of third-bottom Cardiff with three matches of the season remaining.

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