Southampton vs. Brighton & Hove Albion - Football Match Report

Rex Christensen
September 18, 2018

The Saints head into the contest looking for back-to-back top flight wins, and a third victory in a row in all competitions, after their success on the road at Crystal Palace prior to the global break, but they could be light in attacking areas for the clash.

Brighton had been slack in the first half but improved after the break and managed to snatch a point thanks to a Shane Duffy header and a 91st-minute penalty from Murray.

Southampton led 2-0 via goals from Pierre-Emile Højbjerg and Danny Ings.

Murray, who blasted his spot-kick past goalkeeper Alex McCarthy as the Seagulls scored their first away goals of the season, acknowledged they were fortunate to avoid defeat. They were victorious when the two sides met at the Amex Stadium in the Carabao Cup last month, a result Hughes will be eager for his side to replicate in front of their own fans.

But the visitors came roaring back as Duffy gave them hope with a close-range 67th-minute header after Anthony Knockaert's cross from the right and they almost equalised in the 89th when McCarthy kept out a Juergen Locadia effort from five metres.

"If you want to be serious and a contender you can not let games like this go".

Hughes felt his players should have seen the game out. You just hope you can defend those percentages. "They will look for anything they can get and the referee has bought that".

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We're disappointed because it's a game where we should have been home and hosed long before the 92nd minute or whenever it was when they got the penalty awarded.

It is the second game in a row that Brighton have fought back from 2-0 down to claim a draw and also their first away point of the season.

"If our performance second half was the same as the first half, then I think we're struggling", said Hughton. "He's got a couple so far so it's a really good start and long may it continue".

Unfortunately there is no chance that Liverpool will get a new, confident Ings back at the end of the campaign as Southampton will purchase the 26-year-old next season. Once we got one back, if someone was going to score, I felt it was going to be us.

"There wasn't a player coming in at half-time who didn't realise the team had under-performed".

"Credit to them, they upped their game".

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