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Southampton 1-1 Brighton & Hove Albion

Glenn Murray
Glenn Murray scored for the ninth time this season to end Brighton's run of six away games without a goal

Southampton and Brighton did little to boost their Premier League survival hopes with a draw at St Mary's.

Brighton ended a run of six away games without a goal as Glenn Murray scored a penalty in the first half.

But in the second half, Jack Stephens' second goal in as many games ensured the hosts took a point.

Southampton remain in the relegation zone after equalling their longest ever winless run in the Premier League, which now stands at 12 games.

Murray took his season's tally to nine after Wesley Hoedt had brought down Solly March after 14 minutes. The striker also had the honour of scoring Brighton's 200th goal in the top flight.

Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg hit the crossbar for Southampton in the first half after charging down a clearance from goalkeeper Mat Ryan.

Ryan was beaten just after the hour mark as Stephens followed up his winner in the weekend's FA Cup success over Watford by applying a deft back-heel finish from close range to James Ward-Prowse's free-kick.

Jack Stephens
Jack Stephens scored for the second consecutive game for Southampton

The result lifted Brighton up to 15th, a point clear of 18th-placed Southampton.

Saints' saviour?

Southampton are still without a league victory since the end of November, but new signing Guido Carrillo could be the man to come to fellow Argentine Mauricio Pellegrino's rescue.

The £19m signing from Monaco made his Premier League debut as a half-time replacement for Dusan Tadic, having also replaced the Serbia winger in the closing stages against Watford in the FA Cup.

The 26-year-old, who scored five goals in 22 appearances for the French side this season, did not get off the mark in the Premier League but looked a welcome addition for the Saints.

Wesley Hoedt and Solly March
Wesley Hoedt brought down Solly March in the first half to allow Glenn Murray to open the scoring

He was busy throughout his 45-minute appearance for a side who are without the attacking industry of Charlie Austin.

Austin suffered a hamstring injury at the end of December and is not expected back until the middle of next month.

Forward focus

Attack was clearly the focus for Brighton manager Chris Hughton during the transfer window, with the signings of Jurgen Locadia and Leonardo Ulloa.

The Seagulls have failed to score in nine of their past 14 games, winning just one and losing seven.

They broke their transfer record to sign Locadia from Dutch club PSV Eindhoven, while Ulloa has returned to them on loan until the end of the season from Leicester.

Glenn Murray
Glenn Murray covered 8.96km during his 77 minutes

Locadia is expected to need a few more weeks to recover from a hamstring injury that Brighton were aware of prior to his arrival.

Ulloa replaced Murray with 13 minutes remaining for the first game of his second spell.

But it was Murray who found the net for a second consecutive game, ensuring his side avoided equalling a club league record of seven consecutive away fixtures without a goal, set in 1934-35 and matched in 1956-57.

'Well worthy of the point' - what the managers said

Brighton manager Chris Hughton: "I think we were well worthy of the point that we've got. When you come here, with the way they play and the players they've got, you'd expect them to have good possession and threaten.

"But I think we restricted them to one half-chance or so. We had a lot of the ball and threatened ourselves, and we were resilient in what we did.

"We had very good opportunities once we got into that final third. So overall, I'm reasonably happy."

Southampton manager Mauricio Pellegrino: "I think in the first 15 minutes they were a little bit better in direct play. They won some second balls and from this situation we conceded a penalty.

"After the goal, we totally controlled the game, but we couldn't play quick enough to break through their defenders. Little by little they would drop and it was really difficult to find the space to create more chances.

"We were patient and well organised because I don't remember many actions from them, so in defence we controlled them well most of the time.

"In this situation, every single victory is massive, but we have to keep pushing and on Saturday we have another opportunity."

Man of the match - James Ward-Prowse (Southampton)

James Ward-Prowse
James Ward-Prowse provided the assist for Jack Stephens' equaliser, while the midfielder also had chances of his own

Murray equals Premier League best - key stats

  • Glenn Murray has equalled his best scoring season in the Premier League with seven goals, matching his tally in 2014-15 for Crystal Palace.
  • Three of Murray's seven league goals this season have been from the penalty spot - only Sergio Aguero and Jamie Vardy have scored more penalties in the Premier League this season.
  • Jack Stephens registered his first ever Premier League goal in his 30th appearance.
  • Southampton have failed to win any of their 12 Premier League games since beating Everton in November.
  • Brighton have picked up just two points in their past seven away Premier League matches.
  • The Saints have lost only one of their past 28 home Premier League games against newly promoted clubs, but all three of their matches this season have ended as draws.

What's next?

Southampton travel to West Brom in the Premier League on Saturday, with Brighton at home to West Ham on the same day (both 15:00 GMT).

Line-ups

Southampton

  • 13McCarthy
  • 2Cédric Soares
  • 5StephensBooked at 67mins
  • 6HoedtBooked at 35mins
  • 21Bertrand
  • 14RomeuSubstituted forBoufalat 45'minutes
  • 23Højbjerg
  • 16Ward-Prowse
  • 8Davis
  • 11TadicSubstituted forCarrilloat 45'minutes
  • 7LongSubstituted forGabbiadiniat 79'minutesBooked at 90mins

Substitutes

  • 3Yoshida
  • 9Carrillo
  • 18Lemina
  • 19Boufal
  • 20Gabbiadini
  • 26Pied
  • 44Forster

Brighton

  • 1Ryan
  • 21Schelotto
  • 22Duffy
  • 5Dunk
  • 3Bong
  • 20MarchBooked at 80mins
  • 6Stephens
  • 24Pröpper
  • 19Izquierdo
  • 13GroßSubstituted forKayalat 83'minutes
  • 17MurraySubstituted forUlloaat 77'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Kayal
  • 9Baldock
  • 11Knockaert
  • 16Ulloa
  • 18Goldson
  • 23Rosenior
  • 26Krul
Referee:
Mike Dean
Attendance:
30,034

Match Stats

Home TeamSouthamptonAway TeamBrighton
Possession
Home66%
Away34%
Shots
Home18
Away9
Shots on Target
Home3
Away2
Corners
Home7
Away2
Fouls
Home8
Away10

Live Text

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

Full Time

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

Attempt saved. Steven Davis (Southampton) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Sofiane Boufal (Southampton) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Lewis Dunk (Brighton and Hove Albion).

Booking

Manolo Gabbiadini (Southampton) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Manolo Gabbiadini (Southampton).

Beram Kayal (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt blocked. Solly March (Brighton and Hove Albion) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Foul by Steven Davis (Southampton).

Leonardo Ulloa (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt blocked. Sofiane Boufal (Southampton) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Corner, Brighton and Hove Albion. Conceded by Cédric Soares.

Attempt blocked. Solly March (Brighton and Hove Albion) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Brighton and Hove Albion. Beram Kayal replaces Pascal Groß.

Cédric Soares (Southampton) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by José Izquierdo (Brighton and Hove Albion).

Booking

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

Ryan Bertrand (Southampton) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Solly March (Brighton and Hove Albion).

Substitution

Substitution, Southampton. Manolo Gabbiadini replaces Shane Long.

Foul by Pierre-Emile Højbjerg (Southampton).

Solly March (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Brighton and Hove Albion. Leonardo Ulloa replaces Glenn Murray.

Attempt blocked. James Ward-Prowse (Southampton) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Hand ball by Lewis Dunk (Brighton and Hove Albion).

Attempt blocked. James Ward-Prowse (Southampton) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Steven Davis.

Attempt saved. Pierre-Emile Højbjerg (Southampton) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Attempt missed. Guido Carrillo (Southampton) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Wesley Hoedt.

Offside, Brighton and Hove Albion. Lewis Dunk tries a through ball, but Solly March is caught offside.

Booking

Jack Stephens (Southampton) is shown the yellow card.

Offside, Brighton and Hove Albion. Solly March tries a through ball, but Glenn Murray is caught offside.

Foul by Sofiane Boufal (Southampton).

Solly March (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Goal!

Goal! Southampton 1, Brighton and Hove Albion 1. Jack Stephens (Southampton) left footed shot from very close range to the bottom right corner following a set piece situation.

Sofiane Boufal (Southampton) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Solly March (Brighton and Hove Albion).

Attempt blocked. Sofiane Boufal (Southampton) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Ryan Bertrand.

James Ward-Prowse (Southampton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Glenn Murray (Brighton and Hove Albion).

goal

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