The Seagulls had defended just as stoutly as they did at Wolves, with Ryan making a string of fine saves and Lewis Dunk and Shane Duffy repelling all that Spurs could throw at them.
Son Heung-Min and Dele Alli worked so hard to break Albion down but it was the Seagulls who had the clearest chance as Pascal Gross swung in a cross that Duffy planted wide.
Tottenham 1-0 Brighton: Christian Eriksen open to extending Spurs contract
Eriksens goal was well taken on the turn but it was only after that point that Albion attacked Spurs.
To stave off the threat of relegation, Albion will now have to find a way to beat Newcastle at the Amex on Saturday (27 April) in the 5.30pm kick off.
Spurs strengthened their top-four position after eventually beating a Brighton side that defended for their lives
Meanwhile David Hytner was at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium for this one. His report has landed, and thats my cue to say goodnight. Thanks for reading this MBM!
You might recall Southamptons Shane Long scoring after eight seconds. Actually, 7.69 to be precise. Dominic Fifield was there to witness Premier League history, and heres his report of a match bookended by drama.
Poch talks! It was a massive victory for us. We need to congratulate our players for a massive effort, after three games against Manchester City. It was a tough game against difficult opposition. It was difficult, we needed fresh legs, it was hard to find the space for the last pass when they sat so deep. Christians goal was amazing. I always had hope, even in 88 minutes. Maybe the next action, the next action! The three points puts us in a very good position in the table, it is up to us now. I am so happy. We have three games left in the season, and are in the semi-finals of the Champions League.
The 27-year-old Denmark midfielder, linked with a move to Real Madrid, scored a spectacular 88th-minute winner as Spurs beat Brighton 1-0 on Tuesday.
Chris Hughton speaks. Weve gone through a difficult period, and asked for a response from the lads. And we had that. I cant fault their efforts and what they tried to do. Spurs had chances, but clear chances were minimal. I thought we defended really well. If we managed the game a little better in the final period, and made better decisions on the ball, wed have got a result. I genuinely felt we were going to hold out. The changing room is down because of the manner, because it was so late. That can take a fair bit out of the players.
A grim-faced Lewis Dunk – the man of the match – talks. It was shattering, gutting. The last two games we have put everything into it, and thats what weve got to do if we want to stay in this league. We blocked everything and headed everything away, but that one shot flew in. Weve got to take the positives, we have become hard to beat. Right now its gutting, but there are more positives than negatives and weve got to take those into our home game with Newcastle. Were still in a good position, its in our hands.
The match-winner Christian Eriksen speaks! I had a few warm-up shots before the first one, and I had the confidence to go again. I hit it really well and it flew in. Confidence is good, but its difficult to play against ten or 11 men in their own box. We saw the results the other day, so we needed to put the pressure on. It was a tough and long game. We got a win, there was no option. We need to focus on the Premier League and keep our spot. I really like the new stadium, its given everyone at the club a big boost.
As the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium erupts in celebration, Lewis Dunk sinks to his knees. Brighton put in a shift tonight all right. They rode their luck at times, but on the whole theirs was a fine defensive display against one of the best teams in Europe. Possibly the soon-to-be champions of Europe. It looked like they were on for a priceless point. But Christian Eriksen had other ideas … and the talent to turn them into reality. What a goal he scored! Brighton couldnt do anything to stop it. And so they remain in 17th spot, three points ahead of Cardiff City and with a far superior goal difference … but with a much tougher run-in. Spurs meanwhile consolidate third place: with 70 points, theyre three clear of Chelsea, four clear of Arsenal and six clear of Manchester United … though the latter two clubs have one game in hand. The business end of the season, how it ebbs and flows.
What a precious point it would have been for Brighton. What a precious three points for Tottenham. And its now 68 Premier League matches without a goalless draw for Spurs.
90 min +2: March jigs in from the right wing, beating a couple of Spurs lunges and aiming for the bottom right. His shot fizzes wide of the post, but not by far. On the touchline, Chris Hughton looks distraught, as you might imagine.
90 min: That got the Wall of Sound banging! Foyth comes on for Son. There will be four minutes of added time.
And when it came, it was so simple! Eriksen drops a shoulder to drift in from the right. From 25 yards, he whistles a low heatseeker into the bottom right! Ryan, at full stretch, had no chance! Duffy and Dunk, who have been excellent tonight, look on the verge of tears. Can you blame them?
Christian Eriksen strikes the ball low into the bottom right! Photograph: Dylan Martinez/Reuters Updated at 9.35pm BST
87 min: Alderweireld gives the ball away needlessly, and suddenly Murray is able to whip a pass up the left, sending Kayal into acres of space. He curls towards the top right. Wild and high.
87 min: Gross lashes the ball up the right wing. It rolls slowly into the Spurs half. Theres nobody there but Lloris. Brighton are so close to a precious point, you cant blame them for sitting back.
85 min: Trippier bundles Locadia to the floor. A free kick out on the left, and a chance for Brighton to load the Spurs box. But Grosss delivery is sloppy and there goes that opportunity.
84 min: Eriksen cuts in from the right and shoots low. Ryan saves well at his near post. Trippier then crosses deep from the right. Rose goes up, falls over, and claims a penalty, but hes never getting it. Plenty of tension in the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
80 min: For the first time in 20 months, Vincent Janssen takes to the pitch in a Spurs shirt. He replaces Moura and is welcomed back warmly.
78 min: In the last five minutes, a grand total of 0% of the play has taken place in Tottenhams final third. But suddenly Brighton snap that trend, Bissouma nearly bustling clear down the inside-left channel. Hed have been through had Murray not got in the way and involved from an offside position. Up goes the flag, much to Tottenhams relief.
77 min: Alderweireld, to the right of the D, drops a shoulder and shoots towards the top left. A deflection sends the ball dropping to Alli at the far post, but he cant keep his snap header down.
75 min: Its all happening. March replaces Jahanbakhsh. Moura, to the left of goal, heads back for Alli who leans back and blasts over. Duffy is fortunate not to concede a penalty as he clatters into Alli with the ball sailing into the sky. Then Bernardo is booked for a late lunge on Moura. The resulting free kick, out on the right, finds Son in a bit of space but he cant get a meaningful effort away. Breathless.
73 min: Is it simply not Tottenhams night? Trippier wins a corner on the right. The balls worked back to Eriksen, who slips a pass down the inside right for Alderweireld. The big defender spins and crashes a low shot off the bottom of the right hand post. The balls beaten Ryan, but instead of rolling in, spins across the face of goal and clear!
Alderweirelds shot beats Ryan but hit the bottom of the post! Photograph: Dave Shopland/BPI/Rex/Shutterstock Updated at 9.55pm BST
71 min: With Ricky Villa in the crowd, Son does his best to recreate his famous 1981 FA Cup winning goal. A meander down the inside-left channel, some fine close control on display. But Dunk slides in to deny him, just as it was threatening to open up.
70 min: Jahanbakhsh strokes a long pass down the right wing, releasing the pressure on Brighton. If Murray had any pace, hed have been away. As it is, Vertonghen strides over to snatch back possession. Spurs were light at the back there, though.
68 min: From a central position, Eriksen floats a cross wide left to Rose, who heads across into the mixer. Brighton manage to clear just as Son and Llorentes eyes were lighting up.
66 min: Rose glides in from the left and sends a zipping, swerving, rising shot towards the top left from 25 yards. Its a fine strike, and its parried well, then claimed, by Ryan. Thats lovely football all round, a fierce shot and equally spectacular save.
65 min: Trippier wants a free kick just to the right of the Brighton box, his cross hitting the flailing arm of Bissouma. But its just a corner, which is wasted. Brighton are struggling to escape their final third.
64 min: Andone irritates Tottenhams support for the last time this evening, taking an age to leave the pitch as hes hooked in favour of Murray. Clock management in full effect.
63 min: Spurs are getting a little edgy. Eriksen has plenty of time and space down the right, but sends the ball straight at Ryan from a long way out. Was he shooting? Or looking for Son? Either way, it wasnt much good.
61 min: Trippier slides a pass down the inside right for Son, who nearly dances clear along the byline but is denied by a splendid last-gasp tackle by Bissouma. The resulting corner is hit too long, and is a complete waste of time. Brighton, obviously, are more than happy to waste time. A point would be so precious.
59 min: A little bit of space for Son, who cuts in from the right and attempts to curl a Knockaertian screamer into the top left. Not far away, a fine effort, yet always going a touch high and wide. Ryan had it covered.
57 min: Eriksen chips a cross gracefully from the left, but theres nobody making a run in the Brighton box and Ryan can watch the ball sail out for another of those sonically experimental goal kicks.
55 min: Spurs are beginning to push Brighton back. Rose crosses from the left. Moura cant leap high enough to connect. Brighton clear … but theres no way out and Spurs are quickly coming back at them. Wanyama relieves the pressure by snatching at a shot from 25 yards, the ball spinning harmlessly wide. On the touchline, Pochettino shouts at his men to calm down. No need to panic yet.
53 min: Son and Alli work hard down the inside left, their toil eventually rewarded when the ball breaks to Eriksen. He curls a low cross to the far post, where Moura should be, but isnt. He gesticulates at his team-mate in animated fashion, as that would have been a fine chance for a more alert player. But instead, its a goal kick … and youve got to admire Ryans sheer nerve.
51 min: Now Rose hoicks behind for a goal kick. Ryan, time, whistles, rage, etc. You know how it goes. On the Spurs bench, several highly irritated members of staff perform the watch-tapping mime.
50 min: Eriksen thumps the ball over the bar from 25 yards. Ryan had it covered all the way. The Wall of Sound erupts in whistling fury as the keeper takes an age over the restart.
49 min: Rose makes off down the left and wins a corner for Spurs. Rose takes himself, pulling the ball back for Trippier, who wanted to shoot first time but was closed down. David Beckham and Paul Scholes used to make that look so easy. Its not so easy, though, to be fair.
47 min: Gross hits a diagonal free kick, left to right. Duffy springs the Spurs trap and has a free header … but its from a tight angle and flies straight at a grateful Lloris.
46 min: Bernardo goes on a Beckenbaueresque sashay down the middle. He nearly breaks free into acres of space, so Eriksen cynically tugs him back. As the London-based midfielder is booked, the Brighton fans chant You dirty northern bastard. Wonderfully dry.
Here we go, then, the second half. Brighton get the game restarted. They havent hooked the tightrope-walking Andone. Spurs will be shooting towards the Wall of Sound.
Spurs havent had a goalless draw in the league for 67 matches. Well, they dont know what theyve been missing, because that was a lot of fun. More please!
45 min: Spurs so nearly take the lead in the final minute of the half! Trippier wedges a fine pass down the right. Alli takes it down sensationally, killing the ball dropping over his shoulder, then whips an instant shot goalwards. Ryan gets a hand to it. Duffy then blocks on the line. Ryan turns and falls on the ball just as Llorente was shaping to poke the rebound home.
44 min: Spurs pass it around prettily, but pointlessly. On that subject, heres Dom Salmon: While I salute any excuse to spin Spikes Q theme tune genius, does this presage another Spurs game of 110% possession, 249 shots, none on target and the last five minutes is just Poch and the team advancing towards the sideline steadicam man chanting What are we going to do now?
42 min: Now Andone barges Vertonghen out of the road, operating on the borders of legality. Hes contributing to the entertainment all right, but for how much longer?
40 min: Moura drifts in from the left and has a blast. Its straight at Ryan, who snaffles. This is a magnificently entertaining match, never mind the scoreline.
38 min: Or maybe hell become the matchwinner for Brighton instead! First up, Wanyama shoots. Its charged down, and suddenly Andone is rushing down the left wing unchallenged! He makes it all the way to the Spurs box, where hes denied by a last-ditch pincer movement between Trippier and Alderweireld and a fine tackle by Rose. Then theres another phase of attack, Jahanbakhsh making good down the right and whipping a low cross through the six-yard box. Andone is a toenail away from poking that one home! Hes a busy boy, Andone.
36 min: Andone is pushing his luck. First he receives a booking for repeated fouling, the latest a swipe at Rose. Then, less than a minute later, he goes in hard on Trippier. The referee awards the free kick, but theres no second yellow. Andone can consider himself fortunate. The noggin gone, theres a fair chance hell be hooked at half-time.