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Brighton & Hove Albion 1-1 Southampton

Steven Davis
Steven Davis reacted quickest after James Ward-Prowse's free-kick came off the woodwork

Glenn Murray scored his third goal in two games as Brighton recovered from going a goal behind to earn a draw against Southampton.

The Saints took the lead after only seven minutes when Steven Davis reacted quickest to the loose ball, after James Ward-Prowse's excellent free-kick came off the angle of post and bar.

Defender Shane Duffy came close to equalising for the Seagulls with a header before the home side drew level on 52 minutes, when 34-year-old Murray nodded in from Pascal Gross' cross.

Bar the two goals, neither goalkeeper was severely tested. Saints' midfielder Dusan Tadic saw his strike deflected wide and striker Manolo Gabbiadini was denied by a sliding block from defender Lewis Dunk.

The point moves Southampton to ninth in the Premier League table with 13 points, and Brighton go up one place to 11th with 12 points.

Do Southampton need shooting practice?

Touchmap of Brighton v Southampton
There were only 26 touches in total by both teams in the opposition box - contrast that with Watford 0-1 Stoke which witnessed 42 touches in each opposition box

Manager Mauricio Pellegrino will likely be satisfied with his side's top-10 position in the table, but profligacy in front of goal might have cost his Saints a few more positions.

As it stands, they have scored the second fewest number of goals (nine) among teams in the top half, but are joint-fifth out of all 20 teams when it comes to efforts on goal (147).

Former Napoli forward Gabbiadini is the club's top scorer this season with three goals, but also the most wasteful (13 chances). That 13th effort on goal came after Saints had equalised, when his first-time shot from Ryan Bertrand's low cross was brilliantly blocked by Dunk.

Midfielder Tadic is another player who gets into the right place at the right time, but he now has a conversion rate of one goal from 11 chances. His one opportunity at Amex Stadium came just before the break, when his strike from Sofiane Boufal's cross was deflected over the bar.

Pellegrino might want to use November's international break for some shooting practice.

Brighton's dynamic duo strike again

Glenn Murray

In contrast, Brighton are a lowly 14th when it comes to chances created (97) in the league this season, but have scored 10 goals.

Those statistics might improve further if Murray and Gross continue their good form.

The German midfielder, who was the supplier for one of the striker's two goals in the 3-0 win over West Ham, delivered another brilliant ball from the wing for his team-mate, who nodded in at the far post.

Gross, who joined from Ingolstadt in the summer, now has five assists in the league so far - only Manchester City midfielders David Silva and Kevin De Bruyne (six) have more.

Man of the match - Lewis Dunk (Brighton)

Lewis Dunk
Lewis Dunk might have prevented his side from defeat with that block to deny Manolo Gabbiadini. He also retrieved possession on 10 occasions - equal best with team-mate Davy Propper and Saints' Oriol Romeu

'Nobody has given us a real beating' - the reaction

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Brighton's solid team performance pleases Hughton

Brighton boss Chris Hughton, talking to Match of the Day: "I was pleased with the response, When you concede early, the last time we did that at Leicester, we came away with nothing. We got stronger as the game opened up. Southampton are a good technical side. When you go behind early you are just glad to come back.

"These are a good side with good quality. We got back into the game and showed good quality. In the final third we had more opportunities to create and thoroughly deserved to be back into it.

"In all our games there isn't anybody who has given us a real beating. We have been in most games."

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Pellegrino content with 'really tight' draw

Southampton manager Mauricio Pellegrino: "It was a game that was really tight. Neither team could completely control the game.

"High tempo, up and down but we never controlled it totally, the ball, and create more action. Both teams were compact. My players competed well.

"I think it is a season with ups and downs. In terms of results we deserved a few more points but our league is close between 10 and 12 teams from the bottom until around sixth. We are in this group."

Gross importance for Brighton - the stats

  • Southampton have won just four of their last 18 Premier League matches (W4 D7 L7).
  • Murray has scored as many Premier League goals in his last two appearances (three) as he did in his previous 28 PL apps combined (three).
  • Gross has been involved in seven of Brighton's 10 Premier League goals this season (two goals, five assists).
  • Gross has already assisted more league goals this season (five) than he did in both 2016-17 and 2015-16 (both four) for FC Ingolstadt 04 in the Bundesliga.
  • This is the second time this season that Steven Davis has scored from the first shot on target in a Premier League game - he also did this versus Crystal Palace in September. Harry Kane is the only other player to have done this on two occasions this season.

What's next?

Brighton are away at Swansea and Southampton are at home to Burnley next Saturday (15:00 GMT).

Line-ups

Brighton

  • 1Ryan
  • 2Bruno
  • 22DuffyBooked at 79mins
  • 5Dunk
  • 3BongBooked at 90mins
  • 11Knockaert
  • 6Stephens
  • 24Pröpper
  • 19IzquierdoSubstituted forMarchat 87'minutes
  • 13GroßSubstituted forBrownat 84'minutes
  • 17MurrayBooked at 62mins

Substitutes

  • 10Hemed
  • 18Goldson
  • 20March
  • 21Schelotto
  • 26Krul
  • 29Suttner
  • 37Brown

Southampton

  • 44Forster
  • 2Cédric Soares
  • 17van Dijk
  • 6HoedtBooked at 62mins
  • 21Bertrand
  • 14Romeu
  • 11TadicSubstituted forLongat 84'minutes
  • 16Ward-ProwseSubstituted forHøjbjergat 84'minutes
  • 8Davis
  • 19BoufalSubstituted forRedmondat 72'minutes
  • 20Gabbiadini

Substitutes

  • 3Yoshida
  • 5Stephens
  • 7Long
  • 13McCarthy
  • 22Redmond
  • 23Højbjerg
  • 38McQueen
Referee:
Neil Swarbrick
Attendance:
30,564

Match Stats

Home TeamBrightonAway TeamSouthampton
Possession
Home52%
Away48%
Shots
Home7
Away6
Shots on Target
Home2
Away1
Corners
Home2
Away7
Fouls
Home9
Away10

Live Text

Match ends, Brighton and Hove Albion 1, Southampton 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Brighton and Hove Albion 1, Southampton 1.

Booking

Gaëtan Bong (Brighton and Hove Albion) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Gaëtan Bong (Brighton and Hove Albion).

Shane Long (Southampton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Southampton. Conceded by Gaëtan Bong.

Substitution

Substitution, Brighton and Hove Albion. Solly March replaces José Izquierdo.

Substitution

Substitution, Southampton. Pierre-Emile Højbjerg replaces James Ward-Prowse.

Substitution

Substitution, Southampton. Shane Long replaces Dusan Tadic.

Substitution

Substitution, Brighton and Hove Albion. Isaiah Brown replaces Pascal Groß.

Booking

Shane Duffy (Brighton and Hove Albion) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Shane Duffy (Brighton and Hove Albion).

Manolo Gabbiadini (Southampton) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Hand ball by James Ward-Prowse (Southampton).

Attempt missed. Anthony Knockaert (Brighton and Hove Albion) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Pascal Groß.

Gaëtan Bong (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by James Ward-Prowse (Southampton).

Substitution

Substitution, Southampton. Nathan Redmond replaces Sofiane Boufal.

Corner, Brighton and Hove Albion. Conceded by Virgil van Dijk.

Attempt blocked. José Izquierdo (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Davy Pröpper.

Corner, Southampton. Conceded by Lewis Dunk.

Attempt blocked. Manolo Gabbiadini (Southampton) left footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is blocked. Assisted by Ryan Bertrand with a cross.

Corner, Brighton and Hove Albion. Conceded by Wesley Hoedt.

Booking

Wesley Hoedt (Southampton) is shown the yellow card.

Booking

Glenn Murray (Brighton and Hove Albion) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Glenn Murray (Brighton and Hove Albion).

Wesley Hoedt (Southampton) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Anthony Knockaert (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Ryan Bertrand (Southampton).

Attempt missed. Glenn Murray (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Pascal Groß with a cross.

Attempt blocked. Ryan Bertrand (Southampton) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Steven Davis.

Corner, Southampton. Conceded by José Izquierdo.

Goal!

Goal! Brighton and Hove Albion 1, Southampton 1. Glenn Murray (Brighton and Hove Albion) header from the centre of the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Pascal Groß with a cross.

Glenn Murray (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Virgil van Dijk (Southampton).

Corner, Southampton. Conceded by Gaëtan Bong.

Attempt missed. Sofiane Boufal (Southampton) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right following a corner.

Corner, Southampton. Conceded by Lewis Dunk.

Foul by Dale Stephens (Brighton and Hove Albion).

Manolo Gabbiadini (Southampton) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

goal

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