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Murray rescues point for Brighton against Saints

Steven Davis

Glenn Murray scored his third goal in two games as Brighton recovered from going a goal behind to earn a draw against Southampton.

The Saints took the lead after only seven minutes when Steven Davis reacted quickest to the loose ball, after James Ward-Prowse's excellent free-kick came off the angle of post and bar.

Defender Shane Duffy came close to equalising for the Seagulls with a header before the home side drew level on 52 minutes, when 34-year-old Murray nodded in from Pascal Gross' cross.

Bar the two goals, neither goalkeeper was severely tested. Saints' midfielder Dusan Tadic saw his strike deflected wide and striker Manolo Gabbiadini was denied by a sliding block from defender Lewis Dunk.

The point moves Southampton to ninth in the Premier League table with 13 points, and Brighton go up one place to 11th with 12 points.

Do Southampton need shooting practice?

Manager Mauricio Pellegrino will likely be satisfied with his side's top-10 position in the table, but profligacy in front of goal might have cost his Saints a few more positions.

As it stands, they have scored the second fewest number of goals (nine) among teams in the top half, but are joint-fifth out of all 20 teams when it comes to efforts on goal (147).

Former Napoli forward Gabbiadini is the club's top scorer this season with three goals, but also the most wasteful (13 chances). That 13th effort on goal came after Saints had equalised, when his first-time shot from Ryan Bertrand's low cross was brilliantly blocked by Dunk.

Midfielder Tadic is another player who gets into the right place at the right time, but he now has a conversion rate of one goal from 11 chances. His one opportunity at Amex Stadium came just before the break, when his strike from Sofiane Boufal's cross was deflected over the bar.

Pellegrino might want to use November's international break for some shooting practice.

Brighton's dynamic duo strike again

In contrast, Brighton are a lowly 14th when it comes to chances created (97) in the league this season, but have scored 10 goals.

Those statistics might improve further if Murray and Gross continue their good form.

The German midfielder, who was the supplier for one of the striker's two goals in the 3-0 win over West Ham, delivered another brilliant ball from the wing for his team-mate, who nodded in at the far post.

Gross, who joined from Ingolstadt in the summer, now has five assists in the league so far - only Manchester City midfielders David Silva and Kevin De Bruyne (six) have more.

Line-ups

Brighton

  • 1Ryan
  • 2Bruno
  • 22DuffyBooked at 79mins
  • 5Dunk
  • 3BongBooked at 90mins
  • 11Knockaert
  • 6Stephens
  • 24Pröpper
  • 19Izquierdo MenaSubstituted forMarchat 87'minutes
  • 13GroßSubstituted forBrownat 84'minutes
  • 17MurrayBooked at 62mins

Substitutes

  • 10Hemed
  • 18Goldson
  • 20March
  • 21Schelotto
  • 26Krul
  • 29Suttner
  • 37Brown

Southampton

  • 44Forster
  • 2Soares
  • 17van Dijk
  • 6HoedtBooked at 62mins
  • 21Bertrand
  • 14Romeu
  • 11TadicSubstituted forLongat 84'minutes
  • 8Davis
  • 16Ward-ProwseSubstituted forHøjbjergat 84'minutes
  • 19BoufalSubstituted forRedmondat 72'minutes
  • 20Gabbiadini

Substitutes

  • 3Yoshida
  • 5Stephens
  • 7Long
  • 13McCarthy
  • 22Redmond
  • 23Højbjerg
  • 38McQueen
Referee:
Neil Swarbrick
Attendance:
30,564

Match Stats

Home TeamBrightonAway TeamSouthampton
Possession
Home52%
Away48%
Shots
Home7
Away6
Shots on Target
Home2
Away1
Corners
Home2
Away7
Fouls
Home9
Away10

Live Text

Match ends, Brighton and Hove Albion 1, Southampton 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Brighton and Hove Albion 1, Southampton 1.

Booking

Gaëtan Bong (Brighton and Hove Albion) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Gaëtan Bong (Brighton and Hove Albion).

Shane Long (Southampton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Southampton. Conceded by Gaëtan Bong.

Substitution

Substitution, Brighton and Hove Albion. Solly March replaces José Izquierdo.

Substitution

Substitution, Southampton. Pierre-Emile Højbjerg replaces James Ward-Prowse.

Substitution

Substitution, Southampton. Shane Long replaces Dusan Tadic.

Substitution

Substitution, Brighton and Hove Albion. Isaiah Brown replaces Pascal Groß.

Booking

Shane Duffy (Brighton and Hove Albion) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Shane Duffy (Brighton and Hove Albion).

Manolo Gabbiadini (Southampton) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Hand ball by James Ward-Prowse (Southampton).

Attempt missed. Anthony Knockaert (Brighton and Hove Albion) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Pascal Groß.

Gaëtan Bong (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by James Ward-Prowse (Southampton).

Substitution

Substitution, Southampton. Nathan Redmond replaces Sofiane Boufal.

Corner, Brighton and Hove Albion. Conceded by Virgil van Dijk.

Attempt blocked. José Izquierdo (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Davy Pröpper.

Corner, Southampton. Conceded by Lewis Dunk.

Attempt blocked. Manolo Gabbiadini (Southampton) left footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is blocked. Assisted by Ryan Bertrand with a cross.

Corner, Brighton and Hove Albion. Conceded by Wesley Hoedt.

Booking

Wesley Hoedt (Southampton) is shown the yellow card.

Booking

Glenn Murray (Brighton and Hove Albion) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Glenn Murray (Brighton and Hove Albion).

Wesley Hoedt (Southampton) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Anthony Knockaert (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Ryan Bertrand (Southampton).

Attempt missed. Glenn Murray (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Pascal Groß with a cross.

Attempt blocked. Ryan Bertrand (Southampton) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Steven Davis.

Corner, Southampton. Conceded by José Izquierdo.

Goal!

Goal! Brighton and Hove Albion 1, Southampton 1. Glenn Murray (Brighton and Hove Albion) header from the centre of the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Pascal Groß with a cross.

Glenn Murray (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Virgil van Dijk (Southampton).

Corner, Southampton. Conceded by Gaëtan Bong.

Attempt missed. Sofiane Boufal (Southampton) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right following a corner.

Corner, Southampton. Conceded by Lewis Dunk.

Foul by Dale Stephens (Brighton and Hove Albion).

Manolo Gabbiadini (Southampton) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

goal

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