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Brighton & Hove Albion 1-1 Tottenham Hotspur

There were just 143 seconds between Harry Kane giving Spurs the lead, and Pascal Gross' equaliser
There were just 143 seconds between Harry Kane giving Spurs the lead and Pascal Gross' equaliser

Brighton edged closer to Premier League safety with a hard-earned point against a much-changed Tottenham side.

Harry Kane's 26th league goal of the season, following Gaetan Bong's error, put Spurs in sight of an 11th away win.

But Brighton were behind for just two minutes before Pascal Gross levelled with an excellent penalty after Serge Aurier had caught Jose Izquierdo.

The Seagulls are without a win in six games but are eight points above the relegation zone with four games left.

Spurs almost won it through an own goal when Shane Duffy deflected Christian Eriksen's cross a fraction wide.

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Brighton 1-1 Tottenham Hotspur: Pochettino 'disappointed' with Brighton draw

Spurs fail to turn on the style

Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino had one eye on Saturday's FA Cup semi-final with Manchester United, a competition which could earn Tottenham a first trophy since 2008, as he made six changes to his side.

Dele Alli and Davinson Sanchez were rested while Toby Alderweireld, who has failed to agree a new contract, was drafted in for his first Premier League appearance since October.

Spurs lacked their usual zip as their fringe players struggled to turn on the style in the club's 50th competitive game of the season.

They remain fourth in the table, two points behind third-placed Liverpool and eight ahead of fifth-placed Chelsea, but are now without a win in two league games having gone 14 unbeaten before last weekend's 3-1 home defeat by Manchester City.

Harry Kane celebrates scoring his 26th Premier League goal
Harry Kane trails Liverpool's Mohamed Salah by four goals in the race for the Premier League's golden boot

"Saturday was so tough mentally and physically," Pochettino told BBC Sport afterwards.

"The team wasn't fresh enough. That is why we tried to add some fresh legs. We're disappointed because the idea was to win.

"At the same time we have one point more and the gap with Chelsea is eight points."

Son Heung-min was denied his 13th league goal by Mathew Ryan's tremendous save at the end of a goalless first half before the South Korea winger's perseverance saw Kane break the deadlock three minutes after the restart.

Son was sharp to react after Bong's careless play and his clever ball for Kane allowed the England striker to score with a shot which deflected off Bruno before finding the net.

However, Spurs quickly conceded an equaliser as gritty Brighton took a big step towards survival.

Seagulls all but safe?

Brighton fans celebrated at the final whistle as though their team had secured Premier League survival, but manager Chris Hughton will certainly not be popping the champagne corks until it is mathematically certain.

Nevertheless this was a crucial point a year to the day since Brighton ended their 34-year exile from the top flight by sealing promotion from the Championship.

Their last four games are away to Europa League-chasing Burnley, champions Manchester City and Chapions League semi-finalists Liverpool, and at home to Manchester United. The eight-point gap should be enough, particularly as their performance against Spurs showed they have the appetite for a battle.

"It's a result we deserved," former Tottenham defender Hughton said.

"We know we have got four big games but a performance like that against a team of Tottenham's quality will certainly give this group of lads confidence."

Asked if the Seagulls are now safe, Hughton added: "No and only because I can't afford to think that way.

"Probably the most important thing on my mind now is making sure that we can try and put in the same type of effort and the same type of performance in these last four games."

Lewis Dunk tested Hugo Lloris with a bullet header while Anthony Knockaert also forced a smart save before half-time.

Even when they fell behind Brighton's players refused to let their heads drop, with Gross producing a textbook penalty to level before they dug in for an impressive result.

Brighton still have work to do to secure a second season in the Premier League, but they are showing the character they'll need to get over the line.

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Brighton 1-1 Tottenham Hotspur: We deserved Spurs draw - Hughton

The run-in - who plays who?

BrightonTottenham
v Burnley (a) 28 Aprilv Manchester United (FA Cup semi-final) 21 April
v Manchester United (h) 4 Mayv Watford (h) 30 April
v Manchester City (a) 9 Mayv West Bromwich Albion (a) 5 May
v Liverpool (a) 13 Mayv Newcastle United (h) 9 May
v Leicester City (a) 13 May

Man of the match - Mathew Ryan (Brighton)

Brighton goalkeeper Mathew Ryan in action against Tottenham
Tottenham peppered Brighton's goal with 16 shots - twice as many as the hosts - but goalkeeper Mathew Ryan proved a safe pair of hands, his save to deny Son Heung-min at the end of the first half was pivotal.

Kane an away-day specialist - the stats

  • Harry Kane has now scored 15 away goals in the Premier League this season - only Kevin Phillips in 1999-00 (16) has scored more on the road in a single campaign.
  • Tottenham failed to win a league game in which they were ahead for only the second time this season, with the other game being a 1-1 draw with Burnley in August.
  • Pascal Gross has been directly involved in 43.8% of Brighton's 32 Premier League goals this season (six goals, eight assists). Only Liverpool's Mohamed Salah (50%) has been involved in a higher proportion of his team's goals.
  • No side has drawn more home games this season than Brighton (eight, level with West Brom).
  • Kane has now scored against 26 of the 27 different clubs he's faced in the Premier League (96.3%) - the exception being Cardiff City.
  • Tottenham are unbeaten in 13 away games in all competitions - only once have they ever had a longer run (15 between April 1949 and January 1950).

What's next?

Brighton do not play again until 28 April when they travel to face Burnley in the Premier League (15:00 BST) while Tottenham look to take a significant step towards winning the FA Cup for the first time since 1991 when they play Manchester United in the semi-final at Wembley on Saturday (17:15).

Line-ups

Brighton

  • 1Ryan
  • 2Bruno
  • 22Duffy
  • 5DunkBooked at 11mins
  • 3Bong
  • 11Knockaert
  • 6Stephens
  • 7Kayal
  • 19IzquierdoSubstituted forMarchat 77'minutes
  • 13Groß
  • 17MurraySubstituted forUlloaat 74'minutes

Substitutes

  • 9Baldock
  • 16Ulloa
  • 18Goldson
  • 20March
  • 21Schelotto
  • 25Locadia
  • 26Krul

Tottenham

  • 1Lloris
  • 24Aurier
  • 4Alderweireld
  • 5Vertonghen
  • 33Davies
  • 17SissokoSubstituted forDembéléat 74'minutes
  • 12Wanyama
  • 27Lucas MouraSubstituted forLamelaat 74'minutes
  • 23Eriksen
  • 7Son Heung-Min
  • 10KaneSubstituted forLlorenteat 85'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Trippier
  • 11Lamela
  • 13Vorm
  • 15Dier
  • 18Llorente
  • 19Dembélé
  • 21Foyth
Referee:
Kevin Friend
Attendance:
30,440

Match Stats

Home TeamBrightonAway TeamTottenham
Possession
Home36%
Away64%
Shots
Home8
Away16
Shots on Target
Home5
Away6
Corners
Home3
Away4
Fouls
Home6
Away5

Live Text

Match ends, Brighton and Hove Albion 1, Tottenham Hotspur 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Brighton and Hove Albion 1, Tottenham Hotspur 1.

Foul by Erik Lamela (Tottenham Hotspur).

Beram Kayal (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Tottenham Hotspur. Conceded by Bruno.

Corner, Brighton and Hove Albion. Conceded by Toby Alderweireld.

Corner, Brighton and Hove Albion. Conceded by Toby Alderweireld.

Attempt saved. Erik Lamela (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Attempt missed. Pascal Groß (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from the left side of the box is too high. Assisted by Leonardo Ulloa.

Substitution

Substitution, Tottenham Hotspur. Fernando Llorente replaces Harry Kane.

Attempt missed. Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Ben Davies.

Substitution

Substitution, Brighton and Hove Albion. Solly March replaces José Izquierdo.

Attempt saved. José Izquierdo (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Anthony Knockaert.

Substitution

Substitution, Tottenham Hotspur. Mousa Dembélé replaces Moussa Sissoko.

Substitution

Substitution, Tottenham Hotspur. Erik Lamela replaces Lucas Moura.

Substitution

Substitution, Brighton and Hove Albion. Leonardo Ulloa replaces Glenn Murray.

Attempt missed. Toby Alderweireld (Tottenham Hotspur) left footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the left following a corner.

Corner, Tottenham Hotspur. Conceded by Shane Duffy.

Attempt blocked. Christian Eriksen (Tottenham Hotspur) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Serge Aurier.

Attempt missed. Son Heung-Min (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Christian Eriksen.

Son Heung-Min (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Dale Stephens (Brighton and Hove Albion).

Attempt blocked. Ben Davies (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Attempt blocked. Christian Eriksen (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Hand ball by Beram Kayal (Brighton and Hove Albion).

Attempt missed. Lucas Moura (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Christian Eriksen.

Foul by Christian Eriksen (Tottenham Hotspur).

Beram Kayal (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Goal!

Goal! Brighton and Hove Albion 1, Tottenham Hotspur 1. Pascal Groß (Brighton and Hove Albion) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom left corner.

Penalty conceded by Serge Aurier (Tottenham Hotspur) after a foul in the penalty area.

Penalty Brighton and Hove Albion. José Izquierdo draws a foul in the penalty area.

Goal!

Goal! Brighton and Hove Albion 0, Tottenham Hotspur 1. Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Son Heung-Min.

Second Half

Second Half begins Brighton and Hove Albion 0, Tottenham Hotspur 0.

Half Time

First Half ends, Brighton and Hove Albion 0, Tottenham Hotspur 0.

Corner, Tottenham Hotspur. Conceded by Mat Ryan.

Attempt saved. Son Heung-Min (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Harry Kane.

Attempt saved. Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Christian Eriksen.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Lucas Moura (Tottenham Hotspur) because of an injury.

Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Man City33283293256887
2Man Utd33225663263771
3Liverpool342010478354370
4Tottenham34208666313568
5Chelsea33186957332460
6Arsenal331661162451754
7Burnley33141093329452
8Leicester331110124947243
9Everton34119143954-1542
10Newcastle33118143542-741
11Bournemouth34911144156-1538
12Watford34107174260-1837
13Brighton34812143247-1536
14West Ham33811144159-1835
15Huddersfield3498172754-2735
16Crystal Palace34810163654-1834
17Swansea3389162746-1933
18Southampton33513153353-2028
19Stoke34610183164-3328
20West Brom34412182752-2524
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