Amid all of the excitement at Tottenham’s upcoming Champions League semi-final against Ajax, it has been possible to forget that their target for the season remains a top-four finish in the Premier League. There was no room for a slip-up against Brighton, no scope for their focus to drop and, on a night of high tension, they got the result that they wanted. Yet how late they left it.
There were 88 minutes on the clock when Christian Eriksen got on the ball, in the area in front of the Brighton area, as he had done all evening, probing for the solution. It had previously eluded him with a grinding regularity but on this occasion he arrowed a low drive that ripped past his defensive shackles and found the bottom corner. Cue delirium. Spurs remain on course and their record at their new stadium remains unblemished; four wins from four matches and no goals conceded.