Brighton picked up another important point in their 1-1 draw with Southampton at the Amex Stadium on Sunday.
Brighton & Hove Albion 1 Southampton 1
Davis on target on seven minutes
Murray levels with 52 minutes played
Steven Davis gave the away side an early advantage as he pounced with just seven minutes on the clock. But Glen Murray struck for Brighton on 52 minutes to claim a share of the spoils.
Southampton dominated the early possession with Brighton hardly getting a touch on the ball before Davis found himself heading into an empty net on seven minutes.
Sofiane Boufal drew a foul roughly 30 yards from goal and after James Ward-Prowse’s expertly dispatched free-kick looked to be heading in, the ball hit the post and landed kindly for the goalscorer.
The Seagulls responded by knocking the ball around with little penetration before winning an 18th minute set-piece, however the delivery failed to trouble Fraser Forster as Davy Propper struggled to get enough power to Anthony Knockaert’s delivery.
Glenn Murray was inches away from connecting to a Pascal Gross cross on 27 minutes after some better play by the hosts before Dusan Tadic so nearly doubled Southampton’s lead, as after picking up a pass from Boufal, he turned well but saw hit shot deflect inches past the post.
Brighton though ended the half strongly with Knockaert flashing a 42nd minute shot across the face of goal before Shane Duffy smashed a powerful effort just over the crossbar.
The Saints created some good pressure with set-pieces at the start of the second half but it was Murray who was next to score, for Brighton on 52 minutes as he powered a header past Forster at the near post on the left of the goal from a good Gross cross.
The Seagulls were doing well to assert their authority at the Amex Stadium as the half wore on.
Manolo Gabbiadini though was nearly in at the near post as he latched onto a Ryan Bertrand ball, but his goalbound shot was deflected over.
Knockaert was wayward on 77 minutes ahead of a final push for Southampton, who seemed to find another gear as they went in search of a winner, forcing Brighton to sit deep and defend.
Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg replaced Ward-Prowse as Shane Long came on for Dusan Tadic for the Saints, but for all their huffing and putting in the dying seconds, both teams had to settle for a point apiece.