Cape Town - Southampton battled back from an early goal
down to earn a 1-1 draw with fellow strugglers Brighton in their south-coast
derby at St Mary's on Wednesday.
The visitors made a bright start as they
won the ball back from the kick-off and Solly March teed up Jose Izquierdo with
a square pass, but the Colombian blazed over the crossbar.
Davy Propper also fired over from long
range in the 10th minute, while Oriol Romeu threatened at the other end two
minutes later from a corner that he headed over the target.
But the Seagulls were in the driving seat
on 14 minutes when Wesley Hoedt brought down March inside the area to concede a
penalty, with Murray making no mistake from 12 yards out as he sent Alex
McCarthy the wrong way.
Romeu missed the target again on 24 minutes
when he skied an effort from the edge of the box after latching onto James
Ward-Prowse's flick, before Ezequiel Schelotto followed suit at the opposite
end with a strike from distance in the 29th minute.
Matt Ryan was fortunate to see his poor
clearance come back off the bar after striking Pierre Hojbjerg two minutes
later, and the Albion keeper was required to save Cedric's half-volley in the
Both teams had a chance in the closing
stages of the first half, with Murray forcing McCarthy into action with a shot
on the turn following a counter on 41 minutes, before Bertrand blasted an
effort well over the bar after being picked out on the edge of the area by Ward-Prowse's
Pellegrini made two changes at the break,
bringing on Sofiane Boufal and Guido Carrillo, with both substitutes getting
involved in the action.
Stephens went close with a looping header
that only just missed the target from Ward-Prowse's cross in the 53rd minute,
and the duo combined again to good effect 11 minutes later.
Boufal earned a free-kick with a clever
flick and Ward-Prowse's low delivery was turned home by Stephens just inside
the right post with the slightest of touches to equalise.
Carrillo looked to take matters into his
own hands soon afterwards as he surged forward before firing over the target
from distance, and Hojbjerg sent a rasping shot straight at Ryan after
Izquierdo's poor clearance dropped at his feet on 69 minutes.
But despite piling the pressure on the
Seagulls in the closing stages, the Saints could not break them down again and
had to settle for a share of the spoils.