English Premiership

Brighton battle back to draw with Southampton

Glenn Murray (Getty Images)
Glenn Murray (Getty Images)

Southampton -  Brighton came from two goals down for the second game in succession to earn a 2-2 draw away to south coast rivals Southampton in the Premier League on Monday.

As it happened: Southampton v Brighton & Hove Albion

Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg gave Saints the lead at St Mary's with a stunning long-range effort 10 minutes before half-time.

And they made it 2-0 midway through the second half thanks to a penalty from Danny Ings.

But two minutes later Brighton pulled a goal back through Shane Duffy's header and the Seagulls were level in the 91st minute when Glenn Murray scored from the penalty spot - his third goal in as many games against the Saints.

It was also the third straight league draw between the sides.

The result left Southampton and Brighton 13th and 14th in the table respectively, the Saints just ahead on goal difference.

Mark Hughes's men took a spectacular lead in the 35th minute.

Brighton headed a cross out from the penalty area and the ball fell to Hojbjerg.

From fully 30 yards out, the Dane let fly with a powerful shot into the bottom corner, the ball swerving in late from just outside the post. It was a strike that gave Mat Ryan, Brighton's Australian goalkeeper, little chance. 

The Saints doubled their lead in the 65th minute when, after a poor challenge by Gaetan Bong on Ings in the box, Ings himself scored from the ensuing penalty with a low strike past the right hand of the diving Ryan.

But barely two minutes later, Brighton, who came from 2-0 down to draw 2-2 with Fulham last time out, were back in the game.

No Southampton defender made a move to cut out a long free-kick into the box and Seagulls centre-back Duffy headed in unchallenged from six yards out to reduce the home side's lead to 2-1. 

It seemed Southampton would see the game out but in the closing seconds of normal time Chris Hughton's men were awarded a penalty after James Ward-Prowse shoved Duffy over inside the box following a Brighton corner.

Referee Anthony Taylor pointed to the spot without hesitation and Duffy made no mistake.

There was still time for Southampton to launch one last attack but Ryan made a fine save to deny Ryan Bertrand.

We live in a world where facts and fiction get blurred
In times of uncertainty you need journalism you can trust. For only R75 per month, you have access to a world of in-depth analyses, investigative journalism, top opinions and a range of features. Journalism strengthens democracy. Invest in the future today.
Subscribe to News24
Fri 23 Oct 20 21:00 PM (SAST)
Aston Villa
Leeds United
Villa Park
Sat 24 Oct 20 13:30 PM (SAST)
West Ham United
Manchester City
London Stadium
Sat 24 Oct 20 16:00 PM (SAST)
Crystal Palace
Craven Cottage
Mon 19 Oct 20
Leeds United 0
Wolverhampton Wanderers 1
Mon 19 Oct 20
West Bromwich Albion 0
Burnley 0
Sun 18 Oct 20
Leicester City 0
Aston Villa 1
1. Everton
2. Aston Villa
3. Liverpool
4. Leicester City