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Stephens to the rescue but Southampton still in danger

Southampton 1-1 Brighton

Jack Stephens
Jack Stephens

By Declan Warrington

Southampton recovered from a goal down to earn a 1-1 draw with Brighton but wasted the chance to ignite their season as their struggles continued in the final third.

They had recently shown signs of improvement and secured encouraging results, but after under-pressure manager Mauricio Pellegrino started new £19.2m striker Guido Carrillo on the bench, they remain at risk of relegation and in 18th place.

Brighton represented beatable opposition even after Glenn Murray had given them the lead, but following Jack Stephens (below) scoring for the second game in succession and despite their dominance, the winning goal Southampton so desperately needed did not arrive.

In the 14th minute, a clumsy challenge by Wesley Hoedt on Solly March brought the winger down in the area and Murray stepped up and finished.

Saints equalised when, after James Ward-Prowse curled a low cross into the penalty area from a 64th-minute free-kick, Stephens sent the loose ball into the net.

But despite Saints' best efforts, they couldn't find a winner.

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