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Saints suffer defeat at hands of Brighton

premier-league St Mary's Stadium | Sun 14 Mar 12PM | Attendance: 0
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SOU vs BHA
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SOU vs BHA As It Happened

Key moments so far

  • Trossard finishes off a fine team move to give Brighton three points at St Mary's
  • Seagulls captain Lewis Dunk headed the visitors into the lead from a corner
  • Ché Adams scored his third goal in three games to volley Saints level in the first half
  • Adams denied by goalkeeper Robert Sánchez from Saints' best chance to equalise

it was simply not good, especially in the second half. we had only one or two chances against a team that were fighting for everything and showed a little bit more effort than we did, i think, in some moments. it is not enough."

ralph hasenhüttl
southampton manager
14.20

Our report from St Mary's

For an in-depth look back at today's action, read our match report.

i thought it was a deserved victory. when we had to defend, we had to defend against a team that plays with a huge personality and intensity. overall, i'm so proud of the players."

graham potter
brighton manager

FULL TIME: Southampton 1-2 Brighton

That's a painful defeat for Saints, who drew level in the first half only for Brighton to up their game in the second period. Leandro Trossard finished off a slick team move to win the game for the visitors 11 minutes after the break. Saints' best chance to equalise for a second time fell to goalscorer Ché Adams, but keeper Robert Sanchez made a vital stop that ultimately proved decisive.

90’

3️⃣ added minutes...

Keep pushing, Saints!

86’

Southampton substitution: Dan Nlundulu replaces Stuart Armstrong

It's a final throw of the dice for Saints...

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84’

Brighton & Hove Albion substitution: Jakub Moder replaces Leandro Trossard

Brighton make their final change with six minutes left.

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78’

Forster keeps out Zeqiri

The substitute gets a shot off from a tight angle, but Forster thwarts him at his near post. The corner comes to nothing for Brighton.

77’

Brighton & Hove Albion substitution: Davy Pröpper replaces Danny Welbeck

Brighton are looking to shore things up by introducing another midfielder in place of a forward.

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76’

Important covering from Vestergaard

Maupay leads a counter for Brighton, charging into the box, but Vestergaard gets back to diffuse the danger in the nick of time.

68’

Southampton substitution: Moussa Djenepo replaces Nathan Tella

It's a quick-fire second change. The boss will be looking for more energy in this final quarter of the game.

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65’

Southampton substitution: Nathan Redmond replaces Takumi Minamino

Saints' first change of the day sees Redmond enter the fray.

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64’

Zeqiri drills one across goal

Who knows whether it was a shot or a cross, but Zeqiri fires a low ball across the box that had Forster worried, but ultimately flies wide of the far post.

61’

Adams goes close!

Tella is fouled just outside the box, but play is allowed to continue and Adams is denied by Sanchez. The referee goes back to award a free-kick, which Ward-Prowse takes, but it's deflected behind for a corner. Saints will be ruing the chance spurned by goalscorer Adams.

Trossard fires Brighton back in front

That's an excellent team goal from the visitors, as Lallana picks out Welbeck, whose first-time pass feeds Trossard, who keeps his head to finish emphatically. No chance for Forster, and Saints will have to come from behind for a second time.

56’

GOAL

Leandro Trossard (56’) | 1 2

53’

Ward-Prowse tests Sanchez

The skipper has time to set himself on the edge of the box and strikes the ball well, but it's a fairly routine save for the Brighton keeper low to his right.

46’

Brighton & Hove Albion substitution: Andi Zeqiri replaces Dan Burn

Brighton have made an attacking change at the interval. It looks like Zeqiri will operate as a wing-back.

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HT

We're back into the action!

The second half is under way at St Mary's...

HALF TIME: Southampton 1-1 Brighton

It's all square at the interval in what has been a decent watch so far. Brighton took the lead with a powerful downward header from captain Lewis Dunk, but the advantage lasted just 11 minutes, as Ché Adams brilliantly volleyed Saints level. The Seagulls will feel they should have been back in front when Pascal Groß went through on goal, but Fraser Forster spread himself well to make a vital save.

45’

2️⃣ added minutes...

We're into stoppage time at the end of an entertaining first half.

42’

Crucial save from Forster!

A flowing move from Brighton, as Burn finds Groß in space on the right. He's got a clear sight of goal, but his low shot is blocked by Forster's trailing leg. That was a golden chance for the visitors to retake the lead.

37’

Great hold-up play from Adams

He's playing with a lot of confidence these days, and Adams protects the ball well near the touchline to win a free-kick in crossing range for Ward-Prowse. It nearly finds Bednarek at the near post, but Dunk does enough to deny the Pole a clean contact.

GOALSCORER 10 Ché Adams

What a finish, Ché!

Saints are level! Armstrong's cross is headed back across goal by Bertrand and volleyed home emphatically by Adams from six yards. That's three in three for the striker!

26’

GOOOAL!!!

Ché Adams (26’) | 1 1

24’

Good pressure from Saints

Minamino tries a shot that prompts some pinball inside the Brighton box. The visitors struggle to clear, and Saints work it wide for Armstrong, whose cross is deflected behind for a corner. Or so we thought, but the flag is now raised for an earlier offside.

Dunk heads Brighton in front

Brighton captain Dunk attacks the resulting corner, connecting sweetly with a header that nestles into the bottom corner beyond the despairing dive of Forster down to his left.

16’

GOAL

Lewis Dunk (16’) | 0 1

16’

Forster denies Maupay

Lovely move from Brighton, as Welbeck's flick finds Maupay on the edge of the box. The Frenchman shoots left footed, forcing a diving save from Forster to parry the ball behind for a corner.

13’

Tella's pass just overhit

Saints look to counter-attack with speed, but Tella's pass in behind is just too heavy for Minamino, and Sanchez is able to mop up the danger.

8’

Armstrong forces a save

Walker-Peters combines with Adams, whose square pass is struck first time by Armstrong, but the shot lacks power and is easily dealt with by goalkeeper Sanchez.

6’

An early chance for Brighton

Ex-Saint Lallana threads a pass through to Maupay, whose cutback is hit first time by Trossard, who sees two shots blocked, but Maupay was subsequently flagged offside in the build-up.

2’

Adams heads wide

Saints are quick out of the blocks and create an early chance as Bertrand crosses for Adams, but the ball is fractionally behind the striker, and his header bounces wide of goal. Positive signs early on!

0’

We're up and running!

We're into the action at St Mary's. Come on you Saints!

We're ready to go!

Both sets of players are out for the pre-match formalities. Kick-off is just moments away!

11.58

Feeling confident!

A massive 86% of you believe Saints will take maximum points today! We're only five minutes away from kick-off now...

11.56

we had some tough weeks, but i think we have showed some good performances when we didn't always get what we could get, because of a few mistakes that we made. now we are coming back with a little bit better way of playing football, and hopefully with better results."

ralph hasenhüttl
southampton manager
11.53

Hoping for a repeat performance 💪

It was a good victory at the Amex Stadium back in December, as Saints bounced back from a first-half deficit to pick up three vital points on the road...

11.51

Loosening up!

The Saints players have been warming up out on the St Mary's pitch ahead of kick-off, which is now just 20 minutes away... ⏳

11.40

it will be fair to say it will be one of the most intense games of the season. they (saints) Have a clear identity of how they want to play and i really respect what they've achieved."

graham potter
brighton manager
11.33

The last St Mary's meeting...

You only have to go back eight months for Brighton's last visit to St Mary's. It was a memorable one in a season full of highs for our very own Danny Ings...

11.29
VOTE NOW
You've seen the teams... how are you feeling ahead of kick-off?

You've seen the teams... how are you feeling ahead of kick-off?

The results so far:

  • Confident! Three points today
    86%
  • I could see it being a draw
    12%
  • Brighton's bad luck can't continue...
    2%

The stage is set 😍

We're less than an hour away from the action getting under way at St Mary's! Stick with us as we countdown to kick-off...

11.11

The boss was listening!

Thank you for all of your votes on our first poll of the day - the majority of you will be pleased to hear Ralph Hasenhüttl has reverted to the same starting line-up that saw off Sheffield United, which means all five of the players in our poll are back in the side!

11.08

Brighton team confirmed 

Starting XI: Sánchez, Veltman, White, Dunk, Burn, Trossard, Bissouma, Lallana, Groß, Welbeck, Maupay.
Subs: Steele, Moder, Alzate, Pröpper, Mac Allister, Jahanbakhsh, Izquierdo, Tau, Zeqiri.

11.01

Southampton team confirmed 😇

Starting XI: Forster, Walker-Peters, Bednarek, Vestergaard, Bertrand, Ward-Prowse, Diallo, Armstrong, Minamino, Tella, Adams.

Subs: McCarthy, Stephens, Salisu, Ramsay, Watts, Ferry, Djenepo, Redmond, Nlundulu.

11.00

Remember when Moussa did this? 🎯

It was against Brighton that Moussa Djenepo scored his first Saints goal! Will the winger be fit today? Find out when we reveal both line-ups at 11am GMT...

10.31
VOTE NOW
One hour until team news! Who are you really hoping to see back in the starting line-up today?

One hour until team news! Who are you really hoping to see back in the starting line-up today?

The results so far:

  • Fraser Forster
    16%
  • Kyle Walker-Peters
    26%
  • Ibrahima Diallo
    2%
  • Takumi Minamino
    5%
  • Nathan Tella
    7%
  • All of them!
    44%

Diallo's time to shine?

Tactics writer Sam Tighe explains why Ibrahima Diallo could play a crucial part this afternoon. It's the latest edition of Tactical Watch.

09.43

Brighton memories... 💭

One of the greatest away days, surely? It's 10 years ago that Saints produced this dramatic late comeback to snatch three points at Brighton en route to promotion from League One!

09.39

The full pre-match lowdown

Check out our Match Pack for a comprehensive preview to get you in the mood for today's game.

09.12

they (brighton) are a very good side, like always in the premier league. they have shown some very good games, an interesting team with a manager that really likes to play football and has some good automatisms in his team. it's always a tough game against them, always very tight, but hopefully we can show our best side, because we will need it."

ralph hasenhüttl
southampton manager
08.59

Hear from the boss... 🎙

Check out our pre-match interview with Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhüttl, who has never tasted defeat in four previous meetings with Brighton, winning three of those.

08.56

Home again! 🏡

After four successive away days, Southampton are back on home soil for a crunch game against Brighton at St Mary's. The visitors are in a precarious position, hovering just outside the relegation zone on goal difference, while Saints have the chance to move on to 36 points - a significant step towards survival. Stay with us for all the build-up, team news, match updates and live commentary!

08.54

SOU vs BHA Line Ups

Southampton

44
Fraser Forster (GK)
4
Jannik Vestergaard
2
Kyle Walker-Peters
35
Jan Bednarek
3
Ryan Bertrand
27
Ibrahima Diallo
8
James Ward-Prowse (C)
19
Takumi Minamino
replace Nathan Redmond (65′)
17
Stuart Armstrong
replace Daniel N'Lundulu (87′)
23
Nathan Tella
replace Moussa Djenepo (68′)
10
Che Adams goal
5
Jack Stephens
11
Nathan Redmond
12
Moussa Djenepo
1
Alex McCarthy
47
Will Ferry
40
Daniel N'Lundulu
22
Mohammed Salisu
31
Kayne Ramsay
65
Caleb Watts

Brighton and Hove Albion

26
Robert Sánchez (GK)
33
Dan Burn
replace Andi Zeqiri (45′)
5
Lewis Dunk (C) goal
3
Ben White
34
Joël Veltman
11
Leandro Trossard goal
replace Jakub Moder (86′)
14
Adam Lallana
8
Yves Bissouma
13
Pascal Groß
9
Neal Maupay
18
Danny Welbeck
replace Davy Pröpper (77′)
19
José Izquierdo
23
Jason Steele
24
Davy Pröpper
22
Percy Tau
29
Andi Zeqiri
16
Alireza Jahanbakhsh
15
Jakub Moder
10
Alexis Mac Allister
17
Steven Alzate

SOU vs BHA Match Stats

Southampton

Head to Head Stats

Brighton & Hove Albion
  • Possession (%)
    59
    comparison angle
    41
  • Shots
    9
    comparison angle
    8
  • Shots on target
    4
    comparison angle
    6
  • Corners
    4
    comparison angle
    5
  • Passes Complete
    392
    comparison angle
    226

Top Saints Player Stats

shots on target
Goals
1
Ché Adams
shots on target
Shots On Target
1
James Ward-Prowse
chances created
Chances Created
1
Ryan Bertrand
Ryan Bertrand
passes completed
Passes Completed
65
Jannik Vestergaard
tackles
Tackles
4
Ryan Bertrand
Ryan Bertrand
clearances
Clearances
4
Jannik Vestergaard
saves
Saves
4
Fraser Forster