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Analysis: Tottenham 2-1 Brighton

Bobbie Jackson, BBC Sport

Richarlison and Brennan Johnson celebrate scoring a goal
Richarlison and Brennan Johnson celebrate scoring a goal

Late goals are proving to be a common theme when Tottenham are involved in Premier League action.

No team has conceded more than Tottenham's tally of eight goals in the 90th minute or later in the top-flight this campaign, but the north London club were on the other side of that equation on Saturday as they earned a dramatic win against Brighton.

Tottenham boss Ange Postecoglou spoke highly of Brighton in the build-up to the encounter, admitting they "can beat anyone if you allow them to dictate the game."

The Australian would have been hugely disappointed to see his players let just that happen early on at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

After Danny Welbeck was denied in the first minute by Guglielmo Vicario, Pascal Gross made no mistake from the penalty spot in the 17th-minute.

Spurs, to their credit, sparked into life and responded by creating chances through Richarlison, Dejan Kulusevski and James Maddison.

The hosts continued to build momentum into the second half and they were rewarded with an equaliser with just over an hour played when Pape Sarr tucked home from a tight angle.

It looked to be heading for a draw until substitute Son Heung-min, who only returned from duty at the Asian Cup with South Korea on Thursday, laid the ball across goal for Brennan Johnson to smash home in the final moments of stoppage-time.

Joyous scenes ensued at Spurs' state-of-the-art stadium as victory was sealed and, for at least 24 hours, Tottenham climb above Aston Villa into fourth.