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Christian Eriksen savours dramatic late winner for Spurs

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Christian Eriksen was delighted with his late match-winner against a stubborn Brighton defence as Tottenham bolstered their top-four hopes.

The Danish playmaker scored from 25 yards out in the 88th-minute to secure Spurs a badly needed 1-0 win on Tuesday night.

Mauricio Pochettino’s side were left frustrated by a well-organised Brighton defence, despite having 29 attempts at goal.

Lucas Moura and Dele Alli saw chances to hand Spurs the lead cleared off the goalline, while Toby Alderweireld hit the bar.

But Eriksen’s strike was enough to put Spurs three points clear of fourth-place Chelsea and a further point ahead of Arsenal, who will play Wolves tonight.

“Yeah, relieved and unbelievable. It was a good strike,” Eriksen told SpursTV.

“I had a few strikes before that so I was warmed up ready to shoot so I was happy and I’m very pleased that it went in.”

The rumoured Real Madrid target has scored late winners for Spurs three times this season against Inter Milan, Burnley and now Brighton.

“We know the games are very close and very tough,” Eriksen said on the importance on late winners.

“It’s a difficult team to play against because they were just waiting for us to come but everybody was in the box. It was very difficult to find any space to play any through balls or create any big chances so shots were our closest moments and a few crosses but in the end, luckily, it was a shot. It was a very important result for us.

On Spurs’ mentality, he added: “I think that’s already been mentioned with the other games. We keep going until the last minute. We had chances like you said before. We’ve had that in the other games as well.

“We’ve had games where we should have scored before instead of making it so exciting and so nerve-wracking like we did today. But, in the end, it’s about taking the chances you get.

“Brighton didn’t have a lot of chances today. We had a lot compared to them so it was really a one-way game. But, in a lot of the games, it’s difficult to break through and go through them. So, in the end, it was a big three points.”

Spurs will next host West Ham on Saturday in a Premier League match.

LONDON, ENGLAND – APRIL 23: Christian Eriksen of Tottenham Hotspur celebrates after scoring the only goal of the game during the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Brighton & Hove Albion at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on April 23, 2019 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)