Saints held by Seagulls

St Mary's Stadium | Wed 31 Jan 7.45PM | Attendance: 30,034
Match Report Highlights

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Saints vs BHA As It Happened

Key moments so far

  • Saints forced to accept share of the spoils.
  • Jack Stephens equalises for Saints with deft flick from four yards.
  • Glenn Murray's successful spot-kick is the difference at the break.
  • Wesley Hoedt trips Solly March and concedes a penalty.

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Despite dominating throughout, Saints reduced to the single point against Brighton. An earnest performance, that deserved more. A selection of action shots above.

21.52

Stephens with two in two...

But the defender's second-half leveller not enough for all three points, on another frustrating St Mary's night!

21.39

FULL-TIME: Saints 1-1 Brighton

Saints forced to accept a share of the spoils, after overturning a first-half deficit to level the tie at 1-1. It wasn't the maximum they craved - and perhaps deserved - but another point on the board.

+3’

Davis drive

Latching on to a lose ball, the midfielder struck the ball cleanly, but without enough purchase to trouble Mat Ryan, who got down low to collect.

+1’

Chance for Ulloa

Ball floated to the back post, where the striker was lurking. He attempted to connect, but McCarthy - with more luck than judgement - claimed before then danger worsened.

90’

Yellow Card for Manolo Gabbiadini (Southampton)

89’

Driving run from Davis...

The pass was intended for Carrillo, incisive enough. The striker latched on to it, but couldn't quite gather the ball, before Ryan smothered the danger.

86’

March wins a corner

Conceded by Cédric. Delivered by March himself, but Alex McCarthy claims comfortably and gets Saints back on the attack... 

He's made a difference!

Giving Saints a bit more presence up top. With Gabbiadini for company now, Saints still searching for a winner!

Stephens celebration...

We're level via Stephens, but can Saints go one step further and find a winner? Eight minutes remaining!

81’

Cédric crosses...

Gabbiadini was underneath it, couldn't jump for the presence of Duffy. Saints pressing, but no real chances with ten minutes to go.

79’

Yellow Card for Solomon March (Brighton & Hove Albion)

78’

Southampton substitution: Manolo Gabbiadini replaces Shane Long

Final change as Saints search for a winner!

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76’

Brighton & Hove Albion substitution: Leonardo Ulloa replaces Glenn Murray

First change for the visitors, as goalscorer Murray departs.

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72’

Dunk handball 

Ward-Prowse fires goalward, but Dunk had his arm raised and thwarted the shot illegally. The midfielder takes the resulting free-kick, 20 yards out, which is charged down by a resilient Brighton wall. 

70’

Carrillo fires over...

Hoping to make an immediate impact of his Premier League debut, the striker has had a few bright touches, before firing narrowly over. The home side look livelier second half!

69’

Subs making an impact...

Sofiane Boufal had won the original free-kick, in the lead up to the leveller. Ward-Prowse elected to flash the ball low across goal - a wise choice given Duffy/Dunk's aerial dominance - and there was Stephens with an intuitive finish.

GOALSCORER 5 Jack Stephens

STEPHENS EQUALISES!

His second goal in as many games, Stephens restores parity, turning in Ward-Prowse's low driven free-kick. A clever back flick from the defender, and we're level!

64’

GOOOAL!!!

Jack Stephens (64’) | 1 1

64’

Boufal shot

Charged down characteristically by Shane Duffy, before Boufal is upended. Saints free-kick in a promising area, delivered by Ward-Prowse, and turned in by Stephens!

Premier League debut for Carrillo...

Saints hoping their marquee signing can make a difference in the second half...

Stephens with the latest chance...

Attempting to make it two in two, the centre-half heads over from close range!

54’

Corner...

Attacked by Carrillo, but with little purchase. Ball returned to the box, where Stephens is free, but can't guide his header. Saints could - perhaps should - be level!

53’

Corner...

Attacked by Carrillo, but with little purchase. Ball returned to the box, where Stephens is free, but can't guide his header. Saints could - perhaps should - be level!

49’

Southampton substitution: Sofiane Boufal replaces Oriol Romeu

Double change at the break!

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48’

Southampton substitution: Guido Carrillo replaces Dušan Tadić

Mauricio Pellegrino rings the changes at half-time...

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Murray sends McCarthy the wrong way

Brighton's early penalty the difference at the break!

HALF-TIME: Saints 0-1 Brighton

Saints trail entering the break. Brighton, perhaps fortuitous to still be ahead, have defended well and are dominant aerially. They key to this one will be on the floor!

No way through...

Plenty of endeavour from the home side, but wasteful in and around the opposition area. The visitors continue to lead.

43’

Clever corner...

Ward-Prowse rolls the corner across the floor to an onrushing Bertrand, who connects well with the shot. Enough for Ryan to look anxious, the ball flew millimetres over.

42’

Glenn Murray shot

On the turn, Murray squeezes a shot directly at McCarthy. The Saints stopper was equal to it, a comfortable save, and the only threat Brighton have offered since going ahead.

A frustrating half...

Chances have come and gone for Saints, who have dominated possession, but been largely frustrated in the final third.

Bertrand's threat

The full-back fizzes another delivery in to the area, no takers for Saints. 

33’

Saints go close!

Højbjerg chases down Ryan, who hesitates, before inadvertently sending his clearance rebounding off the midfielder's back. The ball crashes agonisingly off the crossbar - a let off for the visitors.

29’

Bertrand fires narrowly over

The hosts' biggest threat, the full-back crafted the opportunity with a solo run down the left, before taking the shot on early. The effort was dipping, but finished marginally over Ryan's goal.

27’

Saints with intent

Plenty of attacking intent for the home side, if the final ball lacks in accuracy. Bertrand and Cedrić are both advancing well down the wings, with balls aplenty in to the area. 

22’

Saints on the assault

Ward-Prowse with another curling delivery from the right, Long attempting to connect. Corner conceded, but cleared by the towering presence of Shane Duffy.

21’

Shane Long wins a free-kick...

Dead ball situation in a promising area for Saints. James Ward-Prowse over the delivery, but Ryan Bertrand is the eventual taker. Well defended by Brighton. 

14’

GOAL

Glenn Murray (14’) | 0 1

13’

PENALTY!

Solly March is clipped by Wesley Hoedt in the area. Glenn Murray steps up to take the resulting spot-kick...

12’

Romeu heads over

James Ward-Prowse delivers in to the area from a corner, Romeu climbs highest, but can't direct his headed effort on target. 

11’

Davy Pröpper lets fly

The midfielder latches on to a loose ball, before smashing his effort way off target. Saints successfully defended a corner in the prelude. 

9’

Bertrand advancing

Ryan Bertrand, his usual industrious self, makes a pacey run down the left. Tadić feeds him the pass, but the ball cannons off Dunk, and fortuitously out for a goal kick.

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Southampton's new number nine is available from the bench this evening!

5’

Romeu floats a ball...

Tadić was making his way in to the box, after some neat interchange in front of the Brighton technical area. Saints keeping the ball well, but can't find a penetrative pass.

3’

First chance...

Jose Izquierdo is guilty of squandering an early chance for the visitors. The ball was rolled invitingly in to the path of the winger, who blasted high and wide of the target from 10-yards.

KICK-OFF! ⚽️

Away we go at St Mary's! COME ON, SAINTS! 

19.45

Warm-ups complete! 👊

We're all set for kick-off here. St Mary's filling up nicely. Score predictions, Saints fans?

19.36

4️⃣5️⃣ minutes until kick-off...

Stage set, players are in warm-up mode. Tonight's south coast clash is fast approaching...

18.59

Watford XI

Starting XI: Ryan (GK), Bong, Dunk (c), Stephens, Gross, Murray, Izquierdo, March, Schlotto, Duffy, Pröpper.

Subs: Krul (GK), Baldock, Rosenior, Kayal, Knockaert, Goldson, Ulloa.

18.50

1️⃣ change!

Mauricio Pellegrino elects to make one change to the side that started against Watford, with James Ward-Prowse replacing Sofiane Boufal in attack.

18.47

Team news is in 🙌

Starting XI: McCarthy (GK), Cédric, Stephens, Hoedt, Long, Davis (c), Tadić, Romeu, Ward-Prowse, Bertrand, Højbjerg.

Subs: Forster (GK), Yoshida, Carrillo, Lemina, Boufal, Gabbiadini, Pied.

18.44

1️⃣ hour until team news!

Who would you have in your Saints starting XI tonight? We'll bring you confirmation of all the team news as soon as it's confirmed at 6:45PM!

17.43

Arrivals 👀

St Mary's has welcomed the arrival of Southampton's players!

17.26

👀 9️⃣

The Saints dressing room...

17.04

Saints come marching in...

The scene from St Mary's a matter of moments ago as Saints checked in for today's game against Brighton...

17.01

Stage is set! 🏟

St Mary's is prepared for the arrival of Brighton! 👊

16.50

Training shots 📸

Saints have been hard in training this week, with tonight's Brighton clash approaching! Take a look at a selection of the photos, including our new arrival! 👀🇦🇷

16.41

Inside Staplewood: Saints prepare for Brighton

Southampton's troops have been in training at Staplewood Campus all week, as they gear up for tonight's significant Premier League clash. Watch the boys in action above!

16.01

Carrillo's Premier League debut?

Southampton completed the signing of AS Monaco's Guido Carrillo last Thursday, and the striker could be in line for his first taste of Premier League action against Brighton tonight! 

15.57

There are two important matches this week, but we have to think about the first one. Even if we beat Brighton there will still be plenty to improve on, we have to keep going and keep winning.

Mauricio Pellegrino
on the importance of this week's premier league double header
15.51

Pellegrino previews Brighton

We caught up with Saints boss Mauricio Pellegrino at Staplewood ahead of today's game. See what the boss had to say in our pre-match interview here.

15.48

It's matchday! 😇

After last weekend's FA Cup triumph over Watford, Saints return to home soil in Premier League action against Brighton and Hove Albion. The visitors are a mere one point ahead in league standings, ensuring that the points on offer during tonight's south coast clash are critical for both sides! Stay with us for all the build-up, team news, live match updates and free audio commentary. Kick-off is 7.45PM.

15.43

Saints vs BHA Line Ups

Southampton

13
Alex McCarthy (GK)
2
Cédric Soares
5
Jack Stephens
6
Wesley Hoedt
21
Ryan Bertrand
11
Dusan Tadic
Guido Carrillo (45′)
14
Oriol Romeu
Sofiane Boufal (45′)
16
James Ward-Prowse
23
Pierre-Emile Højbjerg
8
Steven Davis (C)
7
Shane Long
Manolo Gabbiadini (79′)
44
Fraser Forster
26
Jérémy Pied
20
Manolo Gabbiadini
3
Maya Yoshida
9
Guido Carrillo
19
Sofiane Boufal
18
Mario Lemina

Brighton and Hove Albion

1
Mat Ryan (GK)
3
Gaëtan Bong
21
Ezequiel Schelotto
5
Lewis Dunk (C)
22
Shane Duffy
20
Solly March
6
Dale Stephens
24
Davy Pröpper
19
José Izquierdo
17
Glenn Murray
Leonardo Ulloa (77′)
13
Pascal Groß
Beram Kayal (83′)
16
Leonardo Ulloa
9
Sam Baldock
7
Beram Kayal
11
Anthony Knockaert
26
Tim Krul
18
Connor Goldson
23
Liam Rosenior

Saints vs BHA Match Stats

Southampton

Head to Head Stats

Brighton & Hove Albion
  • Possession (%)
    66
    34
  • Shots
    18
    9
  • Shots on target
    3
    2
  • Corners
    7
    2
  • Passes Complete
    484
    215

Top Saints Player Stats

Goals
1
Jack Stephens
Jack Stephens
Shots On Target
1
Jack Stephens
Jack Stephens
Chances Created
5
James Ward-Prowse
James Ward-Prowse
Passes Completed
79
Pierre-Emile Højbjerg
Pierre-Emile Højbjerg
Tackles
2
Jack Stephens
Jack Stephens
Clearances
6
Jack Stephens
Jack Stephens
Saves
1
Alex McCarthy
Alex McCarthy