Christian Eriksen celebrates scoring a late winner for Tottenham against Brighton

Christian Eriksen struck a late winner to put Tottenham firmly in control of the top-four race as brave Brighton were narrowly denied 1-0 on Tuesday.

Eriksen broke Brighton’s determined resistance on 89 minutes with a stinging long-range effort, their 21st effort from outside the area, that kept Tottenham’s perfect record intact at their new stadium.

Following on from weekend defeats for Arsenal and Manchester United and Chelsea’s draw with Burnley, Spurs are now three points clear in third place with three games to go.

It looked as though Brighton, who now haven’t scored for over 11 hours, were holding on for a precious point in their battle for survival after a gritty defensive showing but the gap to Cardiff remains at three points.