Saints pegged back by Albion

American Express Community Stadium | Sun 29 Oct 1.30PM | Attendance: 30,564
Match Report Highlights

BHA vs Saints Match Centre

BHA vs Saints As It Happened

Key moments so far

  • It's a point on the road for Saints at the Amex Stadium
  • Steven Davis nods Saints into an early lead at Brighton
  • Skipper reacts quickest to score after James Ward-Prowse hits the bar from a free kick
  • Glenn Murray heads home the equaliser seven minutes into the second half

FULL TIME: Brighton 1-1 Southampton

It ends all square at the Amex Stadium, as Steven Davis' early opener is cancelled out by Glenn Murray's second-half header. That's three games unbeaten for Saints.

15.25
+1’

Three added minutes

We're into stoppage time at the Amex. Will there be a late winner?

90’

Yellow Card for Gaëtan Bong (Brighton & Hove Albion)

Bong goes right through the back of Long and gets a yellow card for an unnecessary challenge.

87’

Brighton & Hove Albion substitution: Solomon March replaces José Heriberto Izquierdo Mena

Brighton's second change sees March replace Izquierdo on the left wing.

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85’

Southampton substitution: Pierre-Emile Højbjerg replaces James Ward-Prowse

It's a first Premier League appearance for Højbjerg, who joins Long on the field for the closing stages.

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83’

Southampton substitution: Shane Long replaces Dušan Tadić

It's a double change for Saints...

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83’

Brighton & Hove Albion substitution: Isaiah Brown replaces Pascal Groß

Looks to be a like for like change for Brighton, as Brown replaces Groß to provide the closest support to Murray.

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81’

Hoedt heads over

Ward-Prowse delivers the ball low, it flicks up off van Dijk and Dutch compatriot Hoedt meets it at the far post, but can only head the ball over with a defender in his way.

80’

Yellow Card for Shane Duffy (Brighton & Hove Albion)

Duffy trips Gabbiadini from behind and it's a free kick to Saints in a dangerous position - almost like a short corner in hockey terms.

77’

Knockaert fires over

Space opens up in front of Knockaert, who has a go from a long way out but his shot flies into the stand behind Forster's goal.

73’

Southampton substitution: Nathan Redmond replaces Sofiane Boufal

First change of the day is a Saints change, as Boufal's afternoon comes to an end and on comes Redmond.

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72’

Crucial block from van Dijk

Izquierdo races down the left, cuts inside and shoots with power, but van Dijk stands up and blocks - painfully - at the expense of a corner. Brave defending.

70’

Gabbiadini goes close!

First chance for quite some time for Saints, as Bertrand raids down the left and crosses low to Gabbiadini, who gets across his man and makes a good connection, but his shot flicks up off Dunk and loops over.

63’

Yellow Card for Wesley Hoedt (Southampton)

Hoedt joins Murray in the book for shoving the striker in retaliation.

62’

Yellow Card for Glenn Murray (Brighton & Hove Albion)

Murray tries to kick the ball away from Hoedt after the whistle, and goes into the book for his troubles.

Saints pegged back at the Amex

Fraser Forster stretches but cannot keep out this inch-perfect header from Glenn Murray (pictured far left).

57’

Murray goes close to a second

The same duo combine, as Groß whips in a devilish cross, which this time Murray attacks at the near post but sends the ball high over the crossbar.

Murray heads Brighton level

Saints have been on top at the start of the second half, but now they've been pegged back. Groß gets on the overlap and crosses from the right to Murray, who peels away at the far post and beats Forster at his near post with a well-placed header.

51’

GOAL

Glenn Murray (51’) | 1 1

50’

Boufal nearly sets up Tadić

Cédric finds Boufal in the box, whose clever backheel releases Tadić, but goalkeeper Ryan races from his line to intervene.

48’

Early pressure from Saints

Ward-Prowse delivers a trio of wicked crosses - one free kick and two corners - but the Brighton defence stands tall to deal with the danger.

46’

Back under way for the second half1

Saints get us back up and running, attacking the travelling supporters and defending a 1-0 lead.

HT

HALF TIME: Brighton 0-1 Southampton

That's it for the first half at the Amex Stadium, where Saints lead courtesy of Steven Davis' stooping header in a game short on chances. So far so good! 😇

43’

Best spell for Brighton...

The hosts are upping the ante with half-time approaching. First Knockaert slides in at the far post and sends the ball flying back across goal, before defender Duffy cannot keep his header down from six yards, as Saints survive their biggest scare.

Back in the starting line-up!

Sofiane Boufal is hoping to make the most of this opportunity after being restored to the starting XI following his match-winning contribution against West Brom last time out.

35’

Tadić goes close!

Typical trickery from Boufal takes him to the byeline where he picks out Tadić, who takes a touch and shoots towards the bottom corner, but Dunk gets just enough on it to divert the ball wide for a corner.

29’

Tadić goes down...

Tadić is in pain after an off-the-ball incident with Bong, but the referee is not interested in the Serbian's complaints and play goes on.

27’

Brighton threaten again

Pascal Groß gets himself into a good position in the Saints box, but his cutback is behind everyone in blue and white and the visitors can clear the danger.

20’

First save from Forster

Knockaert delivers a swirling free kick into the danger zone that Pröpper meets with his head, but it's an easy save for Forster.

18’

Saints in control...

There's been very little action at either end, but the one moment of quality from Ward-Prowse is what's opened the door for Saints. It's been a good day for the 3,000 travelling fans so far!

So close! 

The moment Ward-Prowse connected with the free kick, from which Davis headed in the rebound. Mixed emotions for JWP but Saints are in front!

GOALSCORER 8 Steven Davis

Davis heads Saints in front!

Ward-Prowse lines up the free kick 30 yards out and is so unlucky to strike the crossbar, but Davis is first to react to head in the rebound from six yards! Get in!

7’

GOOOAL!!!

Steven Davis (7’) | 0 1

7’

Free kick in shooting range...

Remember that video we posted before kick-off? Saints now have a set-piece in that exact position...

5’

Ward-Prowse keeps it in...

James Ward-Prowse chases a ball towards the byeline and delivers a low cross that causes confusion in the Brighton box, with the hosts expecting the ball to run out of play. Good early intent from Saints.

1’

We're under way!

The action has begun at the Amex! Stay tuned for regular updates...

Ready to go! ⚽️

The pre-match handshakes are out of the way and the players have observed a minute's silence ahead of Remembrance Day. It's time for kick-off at the Amex Stadium. Come on, Saints! 👊

13.29

Warm-ups complete ✅

The players have completed their pre-match routine on the pitch and are back in the dressing room to listen to Mauricio Pellegrino's final words of wisdom. Ten minutes until kick-off!

13.20

More of these today, Saints fans? 👀

Some of the players stayed behind after training on Friday to work on their free kicks... Who would you like to see step up today?

13.04

Three changes for Saints

Mauricio Pellegrino makes three alterations to his starting line-up. Wesley Hoedt replaces Maya Yoshida at the heart of the defence, James Ward-Prowse is in for the injured Mario Lemina and Shane Long makes way for West Brom match-winner Sofiane Boufal.

12.36

Brighton team confirmed

Starting XI: Ryan, Bruno, Dunk, Duffy, Bong, Knockaert, Stephens, Pröpper, Izquierdo, Groß, Murray.

Subs: Krul, Goldson, Suttner, Schelotto, March, Brown, Hemed.

12.32

Saints team confirmed! 😇

Starting XI: Forster, Cédric, van Dijk, Hoedt, Bertrand, Romeu, Davis, Ward-Prowse, Tadić, Boufal, Gabbiadini.

Subs: McCarthy, Yoshida, Stephens, Højbjerg, McQueen, Redmond, Long.

12.30

Saints have arrived!

The players are here at the Amex Stadium, and our club photographer was on hand to capture their first look around today's office.

12.24

30 minutes until team news... ⏳

It's a 1.30pm kick-off at the Amex, which means we can reveal Mauricio Pellegrino's teamsheet in half an hour's time! What changes would you make from the win over West Brom? Mario Lemina is the only confirmed absentee with an ankle injury.

12.00

i think they've been a great example as a club with the progress they've made in recent years, in getting that right balance between bringing young players through whilst maintaining good positions in the league. i don't think too many have done that as well as southampton have.

chris hughton
brighton manager
11.55

Saints train ahead of today's game

We've been at Staplewood this week to capture the players' preparations for this afternoon's match. Check out the footage from training on the above video.

11.07

our target has to be to enter the international break with six points from these next two matches. we want to end this little period on a high.

manolo gabbiadini
southampton forward
10.34

Pellegrino previews today's game

We caught up with Mauricio Pellegrino this week to get his thoughts on the trip to newly-promoted Brighton. Watch above to see what the manager had to say.

10.30

Welcome to Matchday Live!

It's another Premier League matchday, as Saints make the short journey along the South Coast for their first visit to the Amex Stadium in six seasons. Can the lads make it back-to-back victories following the win over West Brom at St Mary's?


We'll be here to guide you through the day, as we bring you the build-up, team news, match updates and free audio commentary!

10.24

BHA vs Saints Line Ups

Brighton and Hove Albion

1
Mat Ryan (GK)
22
Shane Duffy
3
Gaëtan Bong
5
Lewis Dunk
2
Bruno (C)
6
Dale Stephens
19
José Izquierdo
Solly March (87′)
24
Davy Pröpper
11
Anthony Knockaert
17
Glenn Murray
13
Pascal Groß
Isaiah Brown (84′)
29
Markus Suttner
37
Isaiah Brown
26
Tim Krul
18
Connor Goldson
21
Ezequiel Schelotto
20
Solly March
10
Tomer Hemed

Southampton

44
Fraser Forster (GK)
17
Virgil van Dijk
6
Wesley Hoedt
21
Ryan Bertrand
2
Cédric Soares
11
Dusan Tadic
Shane Long (84′)
14
Oriol Romeu
16
James Ward-Prowse
Pierre-Emile Højbjerg (84′)
19
Sofiane Boufal
Nathan Redmond (72′)
8
Steven Davis (C)
20
Manolo Gabbiadini
3
Maya Yoshida
22
Nathan Redmond
5
Jack Stephens
23
Pierre-Emile Højbjerg
38
Sam McQueen
7
Shane Long
13
Alex McCarthy

BHA vs Saints Match Stats

Brighton & Hove Albion

Head to Head Stats

Southampton
  • Possession (%)
    52
    48
  • Shots
    7
    6
  • Shots on target
    2
    1
  • Corners
    2
    7
  • Passes Complete
    395
    360

Top Saints Player Stats

Goals
1
Steven Davis
Steven Davis
Shots On Target
1
Steven Davis
Steven Davis
Chances Created
1
Ryan Bertrand
Ryan Bertrand
Passes Completed
57
Virgil Van Dijk
Virgil Van Dijk
Tackles
3
Cédric
Cédric
Clearances
4
Virgil Van Dijk
Virgil Van Dijk
Saves
1
Fraser Forster
Fraser Forster