2017/2018 English Premier League
  • Glenn Murray (52')
  • Steven Davis (7')

Brighton and Southampton take point apiece in Amex Stadium draw

Glenn Murray's third goal in two games earned Brighton a point from their south-coast showdown against Southampton.

Murray, fresh from dispatching West Ham with a double nine days ago, pounced in the second half to secure a 1-1 draw for the hosts.

Steven Davis had given Southampton an early lead, but the visitors were pegged back after the interval and missed the chance to climb up to seventh in the Premier League.

Saints were without midfield lynchpin Mario Lemina through injury, but Sofiane Boufal was rewarded for his wonder goal against West Brom last weekend with his third start of the season.

Boufal was quickly into the action, drawing a foul from Dale Stephens 30 yards from the Brighton goal.

James Ward-Prowse launched a curling free-kick that beat home goalkeeper Mat Ryan but crashed back off the crossbar, with Northern Ireland midfielder Davis reacting quicker than a static Brighton defence to nod the ball into the net for his second goal of the season.

Brighton should still have had a spring in their step following their thumping 3-0 win at the London Stadium last time out, but were strangely lacklustre until a flurry of activity just before half-time.

Jose Izquierdo's cross found Anthony Knockaert sliding in at the far post, but he could only fizz it back across goal.

When the ball found its way back to Knockaert, he chipped it back in towards Shane Duffy, whose header flew narrowly over the crossbar.

Brighton managed to haul themselves level six minutes after the interval, with summer signing Pascal Gross once again the architect.

The German midfielder has now either scored or made eight of Brighton's 10 goals this season after his deep cross found Murray at the far post.

Murray out-jumped full-back Cedric Soares to thump in a header which Saints keeper Fraser Forster, who was perhaps a little slow getting across his goal, got a hand to but could not keep out.

Brighton went in search of a winner, but Izquierdo's fierce drive was blocked by Virgil van Dijk and a low cross from Knockaert was skied by Duffy.

English Premier League Standings

1 Manchester United 18 +10 37
2 Manchester City 17 +16 35
3 Leicester City 18 +12 35
4 Liverpool 18 +16 34
5 Tottenham Hotspur 18 +16 33
6 Everton 17 +7 32
7 Chelsea 18 +12 29
8 Southampton 18 +5 29
9 West Ham United 18 +4 29
10 Arsenal 19 +4 27
11 Aston Villa 15 +13 26
12 Leeds United 18 -4 23
13 Crystal Palace 19 -11 23
14 Wolverhampton Wanderers 19 -8 22
15 Newcastle United 18 -12 19
16 Brighton & Hove Albion 19 -7 17
17 Burnley 17 -13 16
18 Fulham 17 -11 12
19 West Bromwich Albion 18 -27 11
20 Sheffield United 19 -22 5