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Brighton Net Late To Deny Southampton Victory

English Premier League 

Result: Southampton 2-2 Brighton & Hove Albion

Date: 17 September 2018

Venue: St Mary's Stadium

Southampton squandered a healthy two-goal lead to draw 2-2 with Brighton and Hove Albion in the Premier League on Monday night.

The Saints had not won a Monday night clash in 17 years, and were eager to set the record straight after their win at Crystal Palace.

A tentative spell was met with a few near-misses, partly from the Saints, as Danny Ings saw his effort cleared for a corner.

From thereon, a bobble in the box saw the ball eventually falling to Wesley Hoedt at the near post to just poke away, but he blasted way over the bar instead.

The Seagulls were chasing shadows, failing to test the opposing number with the likes of Davy Propper being reduced to mere passengers in the opening quarter.

Sadly for that, there were repercussions to follow and it was Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg handing them out after bringing down a ball from outside the box to hit low strike past Matt Ryan to give his side a 1-0 lead on 35 minutes.

There were no personnel changes on either end for the resumption of the remaining 45 minutes, as both sides were content with the status quo of the first period.

After being completely non-existent in the first half, Brighton’s first chance came on 50 minutes as Anthony Knockaert's left-footed strike forced a decent save from Alex McCarthy.

Despite being in control, Southampton pressed forward for more goals and Long was at the end of another half-chance but failed to bring down a long ball to get a strike on goal.

The Saints were awarded a spot kick after Ings' path to goal was obstructed with a tackle from behind, forcing Anthony Taylor to point to the spot. The former Burnley marksman dusted himself and squeezed a low shot past Ryan after the midway point.

The Seagulls quickly reduced to deficit to one goal, as Shane Duffy headed in from an in-swinging free-kick within minutes.

A point-blank range save from McCarthy stopped Duffy from profiting with a glancing header, but there was no stopping Glenn Murray from levelling from the penalty spot after a coming-together from a corner.

Two minutes into added time, a curling free-kick from Ryan Bertrand went within inches of restoring the lead in favour of the hosts as both sides settled for a share of the spoils.

 

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