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Analysis: Tottenham 2-1 Brighton

Bobbie Jackson, BBC Sport

Andrea Maldera holds out his hand
Andrea Maldera holds out his hand

If Brighton are to match last season's very impressive sixth-place finish in the Premier League then they will need to find a way to improve performances on the road.

Saturday's late loss at Tottenham leaves them trailing sixth-placed Manchester United by three points and the Red Devils, who have a game in hand, could widen that gap if they beat Aston Villa on Sunday.

Just 12 of Brighton's 35 points have come away from the Amex and they've only registered one win in their last 10 on the road in the Premier League.

They were without manager Roberto de Zerbi for the trip to Spurs, with the Italian suspended and opting not to travel to the game after undergoing dental surgery.

Assistant coach Andrea Maldera deputised but had to make do without top-scorer Joao Pedro, who missed out with a hamstring injury.

Pedro's absence was a big blow as Brighton lacked cutting edge in the final third and rarely threatened after Pascal Gross put them in front from the penalty spot after 17 minutes.

Ansu Fati went close to restoring Brighton's lead after Pape Sarr had levelled for Spurs but the Spain forward could only sweep the ball wide.

It looked like they would still be good for a share of the points as the game ticked deep into stoppage-time, however, Brennan Johnson struck in the 96th-minute to snatch the win for the hosts.