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Maupay helps Brighton all-but secure their safety

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It was honours even in the south coast derby as Southampton came from behind to share the spoils with Brighton.

It is a result that all-but secures Graham Potter's side's place in the Premier League for next season.

With two games to go they are six points ahead of Bournemouth and Aston Villa with a vastly superior goal difference.

Brighton went ahead in the 17th minute through Neal Maupay's 10th goal of the season.

Glenn Murray flicked on Tariq Lamptey's throw from the right and Frenchman Maupay found space to drill home left-footed.

Murray had been handed his first start since February 22 for the trip to St Mary's.

The veteran striker returned as one of six changes made by Seagulls boss Potter, with top scorer Maupay, defenders Dan Burn and Lamptey, and midfielders Dale Stephens and Solly March also recalled.

Saints gave a top-flight debut to 20-year-old defender Jake Vokins as manager Ralph Hasenhuttl opted for five alterations to the team which started the 2-2 draw with Manchester United.

Jannik Vestergaard, Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, Will Smallbone and Michael Obafemi, who scored the late equaliser at Old Trafford, were the other players to come into the side.

Southampton trailed 1-0 at the break after they were denied a 39th-minute leveller by an offside flag against Danny Ings.

Lamptey's blushes were spared after he inadvertently turned the ball into his own net having seen Ings' initial effort diverted onto the crossbar by Albion goalkeeper Mathew Ryan.

However, the Saints levelled in the 66th minute as Ings claimed his 20th Premier League goal of the season.

The striker was sent racing clear by Nathan Redmond and calmly rolled the ball beyond Ryan.

Belfast Telegraph