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James Ward-Prowse scored a brace to help Southampton produce one of the close football scores of the weekend in the Premier League. Brighton went ahead in the second minute through Danny Welbeck before a Mohammed Salisu own goal doubled their advantage. Ward-Prowse pulled one back in the fourth minute of stoppage time before scoring the equalizer in the 54th minute.

Player ratings

Brighton: Sanchez (6), Veltman (7), Dunk (7), Cucurella (6), Webster (7), Mwepu (7), Mac Allister (6), Caicedo (7), Maupay (6), Trossard (7), Welbeck (7)
Subs used: Sarmiento (6), March (6), Gross (7)

Southampton: Forster (5), Livramento (7), Salisu (4), Bednarek (5), Walker-Peters (7), Romeu (7), Ward-Prowse (9), Redmond (7), Long (7), Adams (7), Tella (6)
Subs used: Armstrong (7), Broja (6), Perraud (7)

Man of the match: James Ward-Prowse

Managers Reaction 

Brighton boss Graham Potter said: “I thought the performance was really good in the first half. We felt we deserved more than 2-1 at half-time. Credit to the boys they dug in for the entire game. We struggled a bit at the start of the second half so in the end we take a point and be proud of the performance. We had a really good performance at home against Norwich but didn’t score so it was good to get the early goal. The crowd responded. We deserved to be 2-0 up at the break.”

Southampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl said: “I think we saw an intense game from both teams. It was a horrible first half to concede the early goal and the injury. We also hit the post and didn’t score from the rebound. Sometimes things go against you, but we had the feeling we weren’t playing badly. We had some good moments but sometimes you have to force the luck. In the second half, we were dominant for 30 minutes. Our fans pushed us forward. The team showed great character after the defeat at Burnley and we had a day less to recover. But our energy was amazing.”

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