Saints held after letting two-goal lead slip

St Mary's Stadium | Mon 17 Sep 8PM | Attendance: 28,811
Match Report Highlights

Saints vs BHA Match Centre

Saints vs BHA As It Happened

Key moments so far

  • Glenn Murray delivered the killer blow from the penalty spot in stoppage time.
  • The visitors halved the deficit via a Shane Duffy header in the 67th minute.
  • Danny Ings won and took a penalty to double Saints' advantage early in the second period.
  • Pierre-Emile Højbjerg fired Saints into a first-half lead with a sumptuous hit from range.
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The results so far:

  • Danny Ings
    67%
  • Charlie Austin
    2%
  • Nathan Redmond
    14%
  • Moi Elyounoussi
    12%
  • Ryan Bertrand
    0%
  • Other
    5%

Agonising end! 😠

All the post-match reaction from the manager is on its way...

22.20

Report: Saints held at St Mary's 😩

Mark Hughes's men settle for the draw after late drama. Read our report here!

22.09

FULL-TIME: Saints 2-2 Brighton

Saints settle for a point after being pegged back late on. A Duffy equaliser and a penalty apiece in the second half, both converted, meant the scores were levelled, despite Saints' dominance. 

+2’

Yellow Card for Jürgen Locadia (Brighton & Hove Albion)

For a foul on Højbjerg.

GOALSCORER 17 Glenn Murray

Murray from the spot

The striker restores parity, side-footing the ball home as McCarthy guesses the wrong way.

90’

GOAL

Glenn Murray (90’) | 2 2

90’

Top save!

Alex McCarthy keeps Saints in front at the death. But the resulting corner comes in, and James Ward-Prowse is adjudged to have nudged Shane Duffy in the back.

87’

Gabbiadini from range

Mat Ryan miscues his clearance from the back, pressurised by the tireless Redmond, as the ball drops to Gabbiadini on the halfway line - he shoots, but fires wayward.

85’

Yellow Card for Alex McCarthy (Southampton)

For time wasting. 

83’

Southampton substitution: Steven Davis replaces Danny Ings

A rousing departure for the striker, as he's replaced by Davis for the final seven minutes. 

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Final 1️⃣0️⃣

We're into the closing stages! Another goal for Saints would kill this one off, but Brighton remain a threat.

81’

Jahanbakhsh close

The substitute goes close with a deft black flick from close range. Brighton pushing for an equaliser, with Locadia also having an effort on goal. 

76’

Southampton substitution: Manolo Gabbiadini replaces Shane Long

Double swap as Manolo Gabbiadini is the change up top.

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76’

Southampton substitution: James Ward-Prowse replaces Mohamed Elyounoussi

First change of the evening for Mark Hughes.

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Cool as you like from the spot. Danny Ings's penalty keeps Saints ahead, but the visitors have threats of their own. We're in for a nervy final 10...

70’

Brighton & Hove Albion substitution: Alireza Jahanbakhsh replaces Solomon March

First change of the night for the visitors. 

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68’

Quick fire response

The visitors respond quickly to going two behind. And the game has livened up considerably. Saints looking to regain control. 

GOALSCORER 4 Shane Duffy

Brighton half the deficit

Shane Duffy rises highest from a wide free-kick to head past Alex McCarthy.

66’

GOAL

Shane Duffy (66’) | 1 1

GOALSCORER 9 Danny Ings

INGS FROM THE SPOT!

The striker is upended inside the Brighton technical area, and keeps a cool head to slot past Ryan from 12-yards. It's two for Saints...

64’

GOOOAL!!!

Danny Ings (64’) | 2 0

63’

PENALTY...

Danny Ings is tripped in the box, and the No.9 steps up to take the resulting spot-kick... 

Quieter few minutes

Brighton still attempting to get a foothold in the game, while Saints are happy to contain. Mark Hughes's side remain comfortable. 

Superb vision from Ings

The frontman picks his head up, and spots the run of Long, who had the pace to saunter past Shane Duffy. Long latches onto the ball, but his touch is too heavy, sending the ball wide. 

52’

Knockaert goes close

The visitors on the front foot early in the second period. Knockaert had March for company - who was perhaps the preferred option - but took the shot on himself, which was parried by McCarthy.

51’

Propper heads wide

Brighton begin positively. Southampton fail to clear their lines, but Propper's header sails off target.

HT

Lemina kickstarts...

And we're off again. Saints with the lead, but only a slender one. More of the same from the boys in red and white will surely secure the points. Let's go! 😇

HT

Brighton re-enter early...

The visitors take to the pitch early. Followed by the Saints. We're nearly ready for our second instalment!

Big second-half coming up! 🔜

Stick with us folks, we've got a big 45 minutes of football coming your way...

HALF-TIME: Saints 1-0 Brighton

The hosts enter the break one goal to the good after Højbjerg's long range strike broke the deadlock in the 34th minute. Good half, lads! 💪

📸

What an opener! We're approaching half-time, and it's Højbjerg's stunner that separates the sides.

Here's the man...

Pierre-Emile Højbjerg has fired Saints ahead here at St Mary's, with a sweet strike from range. The hosts are good value for the lead, too, having pressurised for the majority of the half. 

GOALSCORER 23 Pierre-Emile Højbjerg

SAINTS TAKE THE LEAD!

That is some goal from Højbjerg! The midfielder takes a touch, roughly 30 yards from goal, before striking the ball as cleanly as you're likely to see. Inch perfect, the strike nestles low in the far corner, giving Ryan no chance. 

34’

GOOOAL!!!

Pierre-Emile Højbjerg (34’) | 1 0

33’

Quick one two

Elyounoussi links well with Ings, before taking the shot on from distance. Doesn't trouble Ryan in the Brighton upright, who, for all Saints' pressure, is yet to be properly tested. 

Half hour gone...

It's goalless but Saints are undoubtedly on top. Need to make this period of pressure count! 👊

27’

Elyounoussi heads narrowly wide

Again, the chance is created by Redderz, who is causing all sorts of problems. He cuts inside from the left, dinks a ball to the far post where the Norwegian is arriving, but he can't direct his header on target.

23’

Close to an opener

We're looking dangerous in this spell. Elyounoussi with the latest chance, which is blocked by the visiting defence. The St Mary's crowd beckoning Saints forward at every opportunity...

21’

Corner melee... 

Pinball inside the Brighton area! They fail to clear Elyounoussi's floated corner, before the ball eventually falls kindly to Wesley Hoedt, but the centre-half fires over from close range.

20’

More Redderz magic

A lovely turn from the wideman, who looks full of confidence. He beats two Brighton players before linking with Ings, whose shot is blocked for a corner.

15’

Knockaert thwarted 

Solly March got to the byline, before smartly picking out Knockaert's late dash. The Frenchman pulled the trigger first time, but was blocked off by Højbjerg's outstretched leg. 

13’

1️⃣0️⃣ gone...

Saints enjoying plenty of early possession. No clear cut chances as yet, but Redmond looks to have the beating of his opposite number down the left flank - the hosts most promising threat so far.

Redderz roast

The wideman has got the beating of Martin Montoya down the wing, as he gets to the byline and sticks up a cross to the back post. Cèdric met the delivery, but the header was comfortably saved. 

20.08

Vestergaard switch

The big centre half goes looking for Redderz down the right, with a searching cross field pass. It's cut out by Knockaert, who inadvertently played the ball back to Ryan. Saints looking to go forward, though.

20.05

Ings workrate

Great hassling from the frontman early on. Charges down an attempted cross from Bong, before forcing Brighton back to keeper Mat Ryan. Bright start.

20.03

Brighton get us under way...

The visitors, playing in a green and white strip for this evening, get us going with Dale Stephens!

20.00

Saints are in the tunnel...

Both teams are taking to the pitch, greeted by a rapturous St Mary's crowd. Let's go, boys! 😇

19.56

We're all set, are you? 👊

Kick-off is 10 minutes away as we approach tonight's all south coast affair. Stay with us for match updates and free commentary live from St Mary's... 

19.50

Warm-ups almost complete! 🔥

We're 20 minutes away from kick off at St Mary's, with plenty inside the arena nice and early! 


But don't fear if you can't make it tonight, we'll be providing you with all the live in-play updates as they happen right here!

19.41

In the building! 👋

Here's a couple of shots as Southampton's players entered St Mary's earlier today...

19.09

Saints team recap...

It's an unchanged first XI for Mark Hughes, who elects to go with the same team that emerged 2-0 victors from Selhurst Park last time out. Manolo Gabbiadini is also an option from the bench. 

19.02

Brighton team news...

Starting XI: Ryan (GK), Bong, Duffy, Dunk (c), Stephens, Bissouma, Knockaert, Murray, March, Montoya, Pröpper.

Subs: Button (GK), Bruno, Kayal, Locadia, Balogun, Johanbakhsh, Bernado. 

19.00

SAINTS TEAM CONFIRMED! 😇

Starting XI: McCarthy (GK), Cédric, Vestergaard, Hoedt, Bertrand (c), Lemina, Højbjerg, Redmond, Elyounoussi, Long, Ings.
Subs: Gunn (GK), Yoshida, Targett, Davis, Ward-Prowse, Austin, Gabbiadini.

19.00

Stage is set! 🏟

St Mary's is ready to welcome a packed crowd for tonight's Monday Night Football, live on Sky Sports. Standby for team news in 30 minutes... 

18.25

SAINTS shoot! 📸

Check out a few of the behind-the-scenes images from Danny Ings' matchday magazine shoot...

18.21

SAINTS: Danny Ings

Southampton’s new number nine is our programme cover star and the subject of our big feature interview this week! Ings discusses his upbringing in the city and how his past lured him back home on transfer deadline day. Click here for more info!

18.19

I just think the importance of winning the game prior to the international break was really significant for us, and I think we'll find that real energy in the group with everyone looking forward to tonight.

Mark hughes
18.12

Pre-match prep in images! 📸

Get an insight into this week's preparations, with a selection of training images from Staplewood Campus.

17.30

Hughes previews Brighton clash

Watch the manager's pre-match thoughts as Saints prepare to host Brighton at St Mary's tonight.

17.17

Get match (pack) ready! 👊

Get everything you need to know ahead of tonight's game, including team news, form guide, top performers and key statistics in our Match Pack, in association with SportPesa. Click here to view! 

16.55

IT'S MATCHDAY! 😇

After a 16-day break, we're back in Premier League action as Saints host Brighton in Monday night's south coast showdown. It's St Mary's first taste of evening football this season, with Mark Hughes's side looking for back-to-back victories after a solid 2-0 win over Crystal Palace last time out. We'll have all the build-up, team news, match updates and also free commentary from the game, so stick with us throughout the night!

16.51

Saints vs BHA Line Ups

Southampton

1
Alex McCarthy (GK)
4
Jannik Vestergaard
6
Wesley Hoedt
2
Cédric Soares
21
Ryan Bertrand (C)
22
Nathan Redmond
23
Pierre-Emile Højbjerg
11
Mohamed Elyounoussi
James Ward-Prowse (76′)
18
Mario Lemina
9
Danny Ings
Steven Davis (84′)
7
Shane Long
Manolo Gabbiadini (76′)
20
Manolo Gabbiadini
28
Angus Gunn
33
Matt Targett
16
James Ward-Prowse
10
Charlie Austin
8
Steven Davis
3
Maya Yoshida

Brighton and Hove Albion

1
Mat Ryan (GK)
22
Martín Montoya
4
Shane Duffy
5
Lewis Dunk (C)
3
Gaëtan Bong
11
Anthony Knockaert
20
Solly March
Alireza Jahanbakhsh (71′)
8
Yves Bissouma
Jürgen Locadia (76′)
6
Dale Stephens
24
Davy Pröpper
17
Glenn Murray
2
Bruno
16
Alireza Jahanbakhsh
30
Bernardo
14
Leon Balogun
9
Jürgen Locadia
7
Beram Kayal
27
David Button

Saints vs BHA Match Stats

Southampton

Head to Head Stats

Brighton & Hove Albion
  • Possession (%)
    51
    49
  • Shots
    14
    12
  • Shots on target
    5
    4
  • Corners
    1
    4
  • Passes Complete
    369
    337

Top Saints Player Stats

Goals
1
Pierre-Emile Højbjerg
Pierre-Emile Højbjerg
Shots On Target
2
Danny Ings
Danny Ings
Chances Created
3
Nathan Redmond
Nathan Redmond
Passes Completed
66
Pierre-Emile Højbjerg
Pierre-Emile Højbjerg
Tackles
3
Danny Ings
Danny Ings
Clearances
4
Jannik Vestergaard
Jannik Vestergaard
Saves
2
Alex McCarthy
Alex McCarthy