RECAP: Southampton 1-1 Brighton and Hove Albion – As it happened

Neal Maupay gave Albion a first-half lead against Southampton. (Photo by Neil Hall/Pool via Getty Images)

Last updated: Thursday, 16 July, 2020, 22:46

  • Win for Albion will secure Premier League safety with two games to play, after Aston Villa drew 1-1 at Everton earlier this evening
  • Brighton are unbeaten in five Premier League away games – If they avoid defeat, they would set a new club record for top-flight away games without losing
  • In-form Southampton can move up to 11th with a win
  • The Saints have lost just two of their past 19 matches against the Seagulls in all competitions

‘We had to work hard for our point’

Graham Potter also gave his reaction to BT Sport after tonight’s draw.

He said: “Every point is hard-earned in the Premier League and we certainly had to work hard for our point tonight. We’ve got two more games to try to get more of course but it’s an important point for us. We knew we were against a team who, before the game, were in a really good moment. We had to survive the second half. They were clearly better than us in the second half.

“In the first-half, we were okay and had some chances but second half they pushed us back and credit to them but credit to us for how we defended and blocked and put our bodies on the line.

“Mat Ryan made an incredible save and I am delighted for him because he had a difficult evening last time out [5-0 loss against Manchester City].

“We were in control in the first half but they responded and played with freedom. They are in a good place and we knew that, we battled well and it’s a really important point for us.

“37 points is better than 36 but we want more of course.”

‘A point is massive at this stage of the season’

Goalscorer Neal Maupay has been speaking to BT Sport after his goal earned Albion a vital point in their fight against relegation. 

He said: “I think it’s massive for us tonight. We came here with the mindset to win the game but they played a really good second half and our level wasn’t good enough to win this game. A point is massive at this stage of the season.

“We’ve got two games to go now and we need to finish the job on Monday.

“We know our goal difference is really good compared to the teams below us so that is huge. We are not safe yet, we will keep fighting but it was a big step tonight.

“During lockdown it was hard for us as a team but the whole club have done an incredible job to keep us focused. The spirit is good and we always believe in ourselves.”

Full-time: Southampton 1-1 Brighton and Hove Albion

Albion hang on for a crucial point to take them six points clear of the relegation zone with a vastly superior goal difference. Nearly there.

Ryan this time makes a confident stop from Højbjerg’s long-range effort. One minute left

Webster still struggling to move so Stephens fills in at centre-back but Albion almost gift the hosts a winner.

The ball comes in from the right and it looks like it should be a customary catch for Ryan but the keeper spills it and the ball bounces off Adams and goes wide.

Adam Webster goes down and looks hurt after a collision with his own goalkeeper. Can he carry on?

Potter has already made all five subs.

The wall does its job and the ball goes out for a corner… which comes to nothing.

Free-kick for Saints

This is prime James Ward-Prowse territory.

Big chance!

Yves Bissouma, on as a sub for Davy Propper, has just missed a golden opportunity to give Brighton the lead. Solly March first has a shot blocked and the ball lands at the feet of Bissouma, in acres of space, but he somehow misses the target.

What a save!

That was sensational from Mat Ryan.

Jannik Vestergaard unleashes an absolute thunderbolt from 30 yards out, which is heading straight for the top corner, and Ryan somehow manages to tip the ball onto the bar. Amazing shot but an even better save. 

GOAL! Southampton 1-1 Brighton and Hove Albion – Danny Ings

Inevitable.

You can’t give Ings this many chances on goal and expect to keep a clean sheet.

Ings finally makes Albion pay with an assured finish after a defence-splitting pass by Redmond.

An excellent sliding challenge by Adam Webster stops Nathan Redmond’s burst into the box. 

Minutes later, Webster against does well to put Højbjerg off as he was about to pull the trigger from close-range. 

Albion hanging on.

Substitution

Potter reacts by making his first change of the game, bringing on Aaron Mooy for Glenn Murray.

Hits the woodwork!

Danny Ings hits the post with a curling strike across goal. Inches away from his 20th of the season.

Che Adams’s follow up then looks to be heading in but is cleared off the line. Last ditch stuff from Albion!

Jake Vokins almost gets his first Premier League goal for Southampton but his shot from 25 yards just goes wide of the post.

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