REPORT: Brighton 1 Tottenham 1

Brighton earned another valuable point in their quest for Premier League survival in a bruising encounter with Spurs, a game which sprung into life in the second half.

The first 45 minutes was a dismal affair but goals from Harry Kane and Pascal Gross just after the break ensured the sides had to share the spoils at the Amex Stadium.

It became clear from the very first whistle that Spurs were looking to attack down the flanks through Son Heung-min and Lucas Moura. The Brazilian latched onto Beram Kayal’s lethargic pass before being hacked down by Lewis Dunk, who was brandished a yellow card.

From the resulting free-kick, Christian Eriksen failed to trouble Maty Ryan as the Brighton wall stood firm.

Hugo Lloris, who has had to face some criticism in recent weeks was called into action twice in quick succession when Anthony Knockaert’s shot deflected towards goal. Dunk also had a header from Pascal Gross’ corner, but the French goalkeeper was up to the task on both occasions.

Lucas was proving a real bright spark as he looked to cement his place in the Spurs team ahead of the weekend’s FA Cup semi-final with Manchester Utd, his speculative effort was tipped over by Ryan in the Albion goal.

The best chance of the half fell to Son just on half-time as Kane turned brilliantly before slipping in the South Korean international who forced Ryan into a great diving save.

It was the visitors who broke the deadlock just after the interval when Son chased down what seemed to be a lost cause to keep the ball alive, the forward then wriggled his way past Ryan before squaring to Harry Kane who slammed the ball home despite the efforts of Bruno.

Albion didn’t take long to respond, just two minutes in fact. Jose Izquierdo bared down on goal from an identical position to which he scored his goal v Crystal Palace at the weekend, and the Colombian was tripped by the calamitous Serge Aurier.

Gross smashed the ball past Lloris, who got a hand on the ball but it wasn’t enough to keep it out.

Spurs were inches from regaining the lead when Eriksen fizzed in a low drive which was directed back towards goal by the boot of Shane Duffy, luckily the ball flew just wide of the mark.

Substitute Erik Lamela had a good chance to win Spurs the point when he dribbled into the box but his shot was bread and butter for Ryan.

Both sides settled for a point, which in the grand scheme of things isn’t the worst result for both clubs.

For Brighton, it’s another point closer to securing safety and for Pochettino’s men it’s another point towards Champions League football.

Spurs were able to rest ahead of Wembley as they extended their unbeaten run against newly promoted sides to 35 matches. They did however blow their chance to keep heat with Liverpool, who are now two points clear of Tottenhan in 4th.

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