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Brennan Johnson scored a sixth-minute stoppage-time winner to lift Tottenham into the Premier League’s top four with a dramatic 21st win over Brighton on Saturday.
LONDON: Brennan Johnson scored a sixth-minute stoppage-time winner to lift Tottenham into the Premier League’s top four with a dramatic 2-1 victory over Brighton on Saturday.
Spurs looked set to lose even more after dropping points with a draw against Everton last weekend, but Ange Postecoglou’s second-half substitutions did the trick.
Pascal Gross’ 17th-minute penalty gave Brighton the lead at half-time in the absence of manager Roberto De Zerbi, who has been recovering at home this week following invasive dental surgery.
The points looked set to be shared after Pape Sarr equalized for Tottenham in the 61st, only for Son Heung-min, back from the Asian Cup with South Korea, to cross and fellow substitute Johnson crashed in finishing from close range deep in the final. minute of added time allocated.
Tottenham moved a point above Aston Villa, who play Manchester United on Sunday.
Brighton assistant Andrea Maldera patrolled the touchline in De Zerbi’s absence and should have watched his side take the lead within 60 seconds. Danny Welbeck won possession back from Micky van de Ven on the halfway line and dribbled into space, but Guglielmo Vicario parried his shot away.
Spurs continued to have sloppy possession and it was no surprise when Brighton took the lead.
Gross checked Rodrigo Bentancur and the ball made its way to Welbeck, who was caught on the ankle by Van de Ven in the penalty area.
Without the injured Joao Pedro, Gross stepped up and sent Vicario the wrong way for his fifth goal of the season.
Postecoglou’s side responded with Richarlison brilliantly denied by Jason Steele following James Maddison’s pass.
In between, there was a scuffle between Cristiano Romero and Adam Lallana, which referee Sam Barrott was happy to wave away despite the Brighton midfielder’s protests.
The Seagulls almost doubled their lead on the half-hour when Bentancur again lost possession, but Kaoru Mitoma, also back from Japan in the Asian Cup, fired home Vicario from a tight angle.
Tottenham had the momentum after the replay when Maddison saved a free-kick before Werner’s mad run ended with a deflected shot.
Spurs opened with three corners in quick succession, but after failing to make the most of them, Postecoglou turned to his bench.
Yves Bissouma, Johnson and Son were on hand when the equalizer came after 61 minutes.
Dejan Kulusevski was the architect with a wonderful pass that released Sarr and while Lewis Dunk deflected his cross onto the post, the Senegalese midfielder was on hand to curl home with his left foot to make it 1-1.
Postecoglou made his triple substitution immediately afterwards, but it didn’t have the desired effect, apart from Son hitting Johnson for a moment directly at the Steel.
Brighton dominated and should have gone back in front 14 minutes from time when Mitoma got behind Porro but Welbeck arrowed wide.
A minute later, Van de Ven had to throw himself into the path of Facundo Buonanotte before Spurs had penalty appeals rejected for Dunk’s handball.
Hopes of a late goal rose as six minutes were added and with seconds remaining Richarlison played in Son, who passed to Johnson and scored.
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