Saints held by Seagulls

By SFC Media time Sun 29 Oct Brighton v Saints
Photo by Matt Watson
Sun 29 Oct 1.30PM
Premier League
Brighton & Hove Albion
1
Southampton
1
Murray [52']
goal
Davis [7']
Murray (62') Duffy (79') Bong (90+1')
yellow card
Hoedt (62')
Referee: Neil Swarbrick | Venue: American Express Community Stadium | Attendance: 30,564

Southampton had to settle for a point from their trip to Brighton & Hove Albion, as Steven Davis saw his early header cancelled out during a spirited second-half performance from the hosts.

Mauricio Pellegrino's side looked on course for three points when their captain nodded them in front after just seven minutes at the Amex Stadium, but Glenn Murray's header shortly after the interval ensured the points were shared.

The result does, however, mean that Southampton extend their unbeaten run to three Premier League matches, ahead of next Saturday's home game with Burnley, which marks the final fixture before the next international break.

There were three changes for Saints from the side that beat West Brom last weekend, as Sofiane Boufal came into the starting line-up following his wonder goal against the Baggies, while Wesley Hoedt and James Ward-Prowse were also promoted into the team, with Maya Yoshida and Shane Long dropping to the bench, while Mario Lemina missed out with an ankle injury.

Fresh from his heroics last time out, Boufal played an important part as Southampton quietened the Amex crowed by snatching a seventh-minute lead.

The Morocco international drew a foul 25 yards out, with Ward-Prowse’s swerving free-kick slamming against the post. The disappointment was only fleeting, though, as Davis reacted swiftly to the rebound to nod home from a few yards out and out the visitors 1-0 up.

BRIGHTON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 29: Southampton’s James Ward-Prowse shoots from a free-kick which leads to Steven Davis’ goal during the Premier League match between Brighton and Hove Albion and Southampton at the Amex Stadium on October 28, 2017 in Brighton, England. (Photo by Matt Watson/Southampton FC via Getty Images)
James Ward-Prowse takes the free-kick that leads to Steven Davis's goal

Brighton responded well, getting the ball in and around the Saints box on a couple of occasions, but the visiting defence stood firm, with Fraser Forster saving from Davy Propper’s header after the Dutch midfielder had met Anthony Knockaert’s in-swinging free-kick on the penalty spot.

But it was Saints who carved out the next golden opportunity, with Boufal producing good work down the right and cutting the ball back to Dušan Tadić just inside the area. However, after taking a touch to nicely open up space, his shot towards the far bottom corner was deflected just wide.

Brighton then went down the other end three minutes from the interval and carved out two good chances within the space of a few seconds, as first Knockaert fired across goal and wide at the back post from a very tight angle, after ghosting in to meet Jose Izquierdo’s deep cross.

They then went even closer as the ball was worked back over to Knockaert, who produced a delicate chip to the back post, only for Shane Duffy to head over from six yards while under pressure from Virgil van Dijk.

BRIGHTON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 29: Southampton keeper Fraser Forster is beaten by the header of Glenn Murray during the Premier League match between Brighton and Hove Albion and Southampton at the Amex Stadium on October 28, 2017 in Brighton, England. (Photo by Matt Watson/Southampton FC via Getty Images)
Glenn Murray's header beats Fraser Forster

The equaliser did arrive for the hosts seven minutes after half-time, though. It came via a Pascal Gross cross from the right, which was stood up beautifully for Glenn Murray at the back post, with Fraser Forster unable to prevent his well-placed header going into the top corner.

Saints went agonisingly close to restoring their advantage with 20 minutes left, as Ryan Bertrand's clever low ball towards the near post picked out Manolo Gabbiadini, whose first-time shot with his left foot was probably heading in, only for Brighton's Lewis Dunk to slide in and divert the effort just over the bar.

Brighton then carved out two good opportunities of their own, with Izquierdo having a fierce shot blocked by van Dijk after cutting into space on his right foot in the area, before Duffy fired over moments later from a great position just inside the area.

Pellegrino was prompted into a first change of the afternoon with 18 minutes left, as Boufal made way for Nathan Redmond, with Shane Long and Pierre-Emile Højbjerg then later introduced for Tadić and Ward-Prowse.

Despite the changes, though, Saints could not find a winner, as they settled for a point from their trip along the south coast.

Brighton & Hove Albion

Head to Head Stats

Southampton
  • Possession (%)
    52
    comparison angle
    48
  • Shots
    7
    comparison angle
    6
  • Shots on target
    2
    comparison angle
    1
  • Corners
    2
    comparison angle
    7
  • Passes Complete
    395
    comparison angle
    360

Brighton and Hove Albion

1
Mat Ryan (GK)
22
Shane Duffy yellow card
3
Gaëtan Bong yellow card
5
Lewis Dunk
2
Bruno (C)
6
Dale Stephens
19
José Izquierdo
replace Solly March (87′)
24
Davy Pröpper
11
Anthony Knockaert
17
Glenn Murray yellow card goal
13
Pascal Groß
replace Isaiah Brown (84′)
29
Markus Suttner
37
Isaiah Brown
26
Tim Krul
18
Connor Goldson
21
Ezequiel Schelotto
20
Solly March
10
Tomer Hemed

Southampton

44
Fraser Forster (GK)
17
Virgil van Dijk
6
Wesley Hoedt yellow card
21
Ryan Bertrand
2
Cédric Soares
11
Dusan Tadic
replace Shane Long (84′)
14
Oriol Romeu
16
James Ward-Prowse
replace Pierre-Emile Højbjerg (84′)
19
Sofiane Boufal
replace Nathan Redmond (72′)
8
Steven Davis (C) goal
20
Manolo Gabbiadini
3
Maya Yoshida
22
Nathan Redmond
5
Jack Stephens
23
Pierre-Emile Højbjerg
38
Sam McQueen
7
Shane Long
13
Alex McCarthy
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