Saints seal precious win at Brighton

American Express Community Stadium | Sat 30 Mar 3PM | Attendance: 30,636
Match Report Highlights

BHA vs Saints
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BHA vs Saints As It Happened

Key moments so far

  • Højbjerg scores well-taken opener in the 53rd minute at the Amex Stadium
  • Skipper latches on to Redmond's pass to finish calmly in front of travelling fans
  • Saints have shaded the game and deservedly lead
  • Ings back in starting line-up after eight-week absence

FULL TIME: BRIGHTON & HOVE ALBION 0-1 SOUTHAMPTON

IT'S all over! get in! that's a massive victory to take saints level on points with their hosts, courtesy of pierre-emile højbjerg's 53rd minute strike - a well-worked goal worthy of winning a game in which saints were the better side. a deserved win, well done lads! 😇

+1’

Four added minutes...

come on saints! ⏳

88’

Southampton substitution: Josh Sims replaces Nathan Redmond

Fresh legs off the bench as sims brings his energy into the game in place of redmond, who has worked tirelessly and set up the only goal.

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86’

locadia tests gunn

for all brighton's late pressure, that might just be gunn's first save. substitute locadia shoots on the turn from the edge of the box, but the keeper is down sharply and holds on.

83’

Yellow Card for Jack Stephens (Southampton)

stephens goes into the book for kicking the ball away, delaying the restart after brighton were awarded a free-kick.

81’

duffy slides in...

a teasing delivery from a free-kick tempts duffy, who throws his body at the ball but can't quite get a touch in front of the grateful gunn.

77’

bernardo goes close

the defender is left alone at the far post, but the angle is too tight and he volleys into the side-netting.

76’

Southampton substitution: Jack Stephens replaces Stuart Armstrong

saints respond with a defensive change. stephens is on and it looks like a back three for the final 15 minutes.

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75’

Brighton & Hove Albion substitution: Jürgen Locadia replaces Davy Pröpper

brighton are going for it here, as another striker enters the fray.

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75’

brighton penalty appeal turned down

after gunn allows a high ball to slip from his grasp, propper prepares to pounce but højbjerg stops him in his tracks. the referee deems it a fair challenge, and saints survive loud penalty shouts.

73’

montoya crashes a shot against the woodwork 😨

suddenly brighton are pushing hard here. montoya thunders a 25-yard shot against the frame of the goal with gunn unmoved. a major let-off.

71’

brighton up the ante

we're into the last 20 minutes and the hosts are beginning to apply some pressure. saints will have to defend well to preserve a clean sheet here...

67’

Southampton substitution: Sam Gallagher replaces Danny Ings

that's the end of ings's comeback appearance. replacement gallagher provides a different option with his height and physical presence.

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the big moment 📸

we had the perfect view of the opening goal 😍 will it be enough to secure three points? we're midway through the second half...

64’

Brighton & Hove Albion substitution: Solomon March replaces Alireza Jahanbakhsh

a straight swap on the left wing for the hosts. jahanbakhsh hasn't had the impact his manager would have hoped for, and march is on.

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62’

dunk keeps saints at bay

another nice move, as armstrong finds bertrand, whose low cross on the run is aimed at redmond, who would have a tap in at the far post until dunk intervenes with a vital clearance.

59’

Brighton look to respond

dunk heads over from a free-kick, before knockaert sends a curling shot from range a couple of yards wide of gunn's right-hand post. the saints keeper has been a virtual spectator all afternoon.

GOALSCORER 23 Pierre-Emile Højbjerg

højbjerg makes the breakthrough!

lovely goal from the skipper 😍 slipped in by redmond, he keeps his head and finishes with a cool clip over the advancing ryan! a ruthless counter-attack 😇

52’

GOOOAL!!!

Pierre-Emile Højbjerg (52’) | 0 1

51’

the pattern resumes...

new half, same story. saints are the brighter team, with some promising approach play, but there's no way through the brighton defence just yet. with a little bit more invention, saints can win this...

45’

we're back under way!

the second half starts here - no changes for either side. let's have a big 45, saints! 😇

could history repeat itself? 🙏

Last time saints were here, back in august in the carabao cup, charlie austin arrived off the bench to score the only goal of the game. who fancies a repeat today? 🙋‍♂️

half time: brighton & hove albion 0-0 southampton

we've reached the interval at the amex, where saints have shaded a first half that improved as it went on. chances remain few and far between, but saints have created the best of them through danny ings and nathan redmond, who look a threat up front.

45’

one added minute...

we're into first-half stoppage time at the amex stadium.

45’

saints getting closer...

ings and redmond combine, as the winger skips past his man and into shooting range, but he can't wrap his foot around the ball and it's wide of the near post. more promising signs for the visitors.

42’

murray heads over

a rare scare for saints, as knockaert jinks his way into a crossing position. his delivery is just behind murray, who can't keep his header down as a result.

41’

great football from saints 👏

saints win the ball in midfield and counter-attack with purpose. ings feeds redmond, who finds højbjerg charging into the box. the skipper picks out armstrong, who takes a good touch, but as he pulls the trigger there's another blue and white shirt in the way with another important block.

38’

ings fires over

he's just had his first sight of goal, and now ings gets another glimpse as he lets fly from distance, but this one sails harmlessly over.

35’

excellent block thwarts ings

better from saints, as armstrong gets himself into the box and cleverly picks out ings, whose first-time shot looks destined for the bottom corner only for bernardo to throw himself in the way.

33’

bissouma shoots wide

valery is caught in possession and brighton attempt to make the youngster pay, but bissouma drags his shot wide from 25 yards as space opens up.

27’

romeu receiving treatment

the combative midfielder typically slides in to pick the pocket of murray, but causes himself some pain in the process. he's back on his feet now 💪

25’

penalty shout? 👀

ings looks to free himself from the close attentions of montoya as a cross comes in from the right. the striker goes down claiming a push, but the referee is unmoved.

24’

crucial interception from romeu 👏

bissouma bursts into the saints box, but romeu slides in to get a vital touch as bissouma looks for jahanbakhsh with a low ball across goal.

19’

ryan denies redmond

it's been a slow burner, but saints suddenly spring into life as redmond finds a yard of space to rifle a shot goalwards from a tight angle. goalkeeper ryan is in the right place to beat it away.

15’

Yellow Card for Dale Stephens (Brighton & Hove Albion)

first booking of the day. højbjerg dispossesses stephens, who pulls the dane back as he tries to launch a counter.

10’

saints respond with a corner of their own...

ward-prowse delivers, not once but twice, but albion deal with both crosses from the england international. it's been a very quiet opening ten minutes.

8’

jahanbakhsh tries his luck

first piece of attacking intent from the home team results in a corner. saints clear the first ball, before jahanbakhsh drags his shot wide from the edge of the box.

5’

Saints on the front foot

it's been a patient start from both teams, who are feeling their way into the contest. saints, in their all red third shirt, have shaded the early exchanges.

0’

We're up and running! 💪

the action is under way at the amex stadium, come on you saints! 😇

warmed up and ready 🔥

kick-off is just five minutes away... both teams have completed their warm-ups and we're ready to go!

14.54

main men 👊

you voted this reunited duo as our key players this afternoon! what chance a redmond assist for an ings goal? 💭

14.49
Southampton FC

INGS. RETURNS. 🔥 How many ❤️ for @ingstagram10’s inclusion in today’s #SaintsFC XI? 😍↔️

14.39

Valery and ward-prowse again? 👀

it's two in two for saints' in-form duo - who will continue their scoring run today? any excuse to show those spurs highlights again 😜

14.35

another one of these from the skipper? 🚀

what a goal this was... will pierre produce another rocket against brighton again today? 🤞

14.26
VOTE NOW
saints polL: who will be our key man at the amex? ��

saints polL: who will be our key man at the amex? ��

The results so far:

  • angus gunn
    7%
  • jan bednarek
    4%
  • pierre-emile højbjerg
    15%
  • james ward-prowse
    23%
  • nathan redmond
    25%
  • danny ings
    26%

he's back! 😍

our number nine is back in the starting line-up! danny ings makes his first appearance in eight weeks to lead the line... happy with the team, saints fans?

14.06

brighton team confirmed...

starting xi: ryan, montoya, dunk, duffy, bernardo, knockaert, stephens, pröpper, jahanbakhsh, bissouma, murray.

subs: button, burn, bong, kayal, march, izquierdo, locadia.

14.03

saints team confirmed 😇

starting xi: gunn, valery, bednarek, yoshida, bertrand, ward-prowse, højbjerg, romeu, armstrong, redmond, ings.

subs: mccarthy, stephens, targett, elyounoussi, sims, gallagher, austin.

14.00

Here they are! 👋

our cameras were on hand to capture the players arriving at the amex! in five minutes we'll have news of today's starting xi... ⏳

13.55

the stage is set! 😇

we're in position at the amex stadium, where the saints players are due to arrive very soon! we'll have team news in just 30 minutes' time... who would you like to see in the line-up?

13.11

what to expect from brighton? 🤔

andy naylor of the brighton argus gave us the inside track on today's hosts. who could be the biggest threat to saints?

13.24

the answer to our first poll...

it was the opening goal of last season's meeting at the amex in which saints scored for the first time at brighton's new stadium. remind yourself what happened in our short highlights package ☝️ well done those who voted correctly!

13.12

birthday boy! 🎉🎈

we're wishing a happy 27th birthday to stuart armstrong! will the scot be in your saints starting line-up today? we'll have team news at 2pm gmt!

12.48

Who was there for this? 😍

what a day this was! back when saints were battling for league one promotion and brighton were playing at the withdean stadium... how times change, eh?

12.21

get clued up! 🤓

there's no better place than our match pack for the team news, form guide, facts and stats as we countdown to kick-off... ⏳

12.13
VOTE NOW
SAINTS TRIVIA: who was the first player to score for southampton at the amex stadium?

SAINTS TRIVIA: who was the first player to score for southampton at the amex stadium?

The results so far:

  • josé fonte
    21%
  • steven davis
    25%
  • rickie lambert
    38%
  • manolo gabbiadini
    8%
  • charlie austin
    4%
  • danny ings
    4%

we are happy the break is over now. for the guys, it's good to have a focus on the weekend - a different kind of motivation. we know how important the last eight games are.

ralph hasenhüttl
southampton manager
11.52
Southampton FC

IT’S TIME! 😤 Matchday is on! Where are you following from today, #SaintsFC fans? 🌍👇

11.50

hear from the boss! 🎙

we caught up with ralph hasenhüttl at staplewood to preview this afternoon's game, as the boss targets picking up where saints left off last time out 💪

11.48

The wait is over! 😍

After three weeks away, saints are back! it's been a long wait since the thrilling 2-1 win over tottenham hotspur at st mary's, but 21 days later it's time to get back to business. today we're at the amex stadium, home to brighton & hove albion, for a 3pm gmt kick-off in the premier league. stay with us for all the build up, team news, live commentary and match updates... come on you saints! 😇

11.45

BHA vs Saints Line Ups

Brighton and Hove Albion

1
Mat Ryan (GK)
5
Lewis Dunk (C)
30
Bernardo
22
Martín Montoya
4
Shane Duffy
8
Yves Bissouma
6
Dale Stephens
24
Davy Pröpper
Jürgen Locadia (74′)
11
Anthony Knockaert
17
Glenn Murray
16
Alireza Jahanbakhsh
Solly March (62′)
27
David Button
7
Beram Kayal
33
Dan Burn
19
José Izquierdo
20
Solly March
3
Gaëtan Bong
9
Jürgen Locadia

Southampton

28
Angus Gunn (GK)
21
Ryan Bertrand
3
Maya Yoshida
35
Jan Bednarek
43
Yan Valery
14
Oriol Romeu
23
Pierre-Emile Højbjerg (C)
16
James Ward-Prowse
17
Stuart Armstrong
Jack Stephens (76′)
22
Nathan Redmond
Josh Sims (89′)
9
Danny Ings
Sam Gallagher (67′)
1
Alex McCarthy
11
Mohamed Elyounoussi
33
Matt Targett
5
Jack Stephens
10
Charlie Austin
15
Sam Gallagher
39
Josh Sims

BHA vs Saints Match Stats

Brighton & Hove Albion

Head to Head Stats

Southampton
  • Possession (%)
    60
    40
  • Shots
    14
    8
  • Shots on target
    1
    2
  • Corners
    6
    5
  • Passes Complete
    388
    217

Top Saints Player Stats

Goals
1
Pierre-Emile Højbjerg
Pierre-Emile Højbjerg
Shots On Target
1
Pierre-Emile Højbjerg
Pierre-Emile Højbjerg
Chances Created
2
Stuart  Armstrong
Stuart Armstrong
Passes Completed
37
Oriol Romeu
Oriol Romeu
Tackles
3
Oriol Romeu
Oriol Romeu
Clearances
6
Jan Bednarek
Jan Bednarek
Saves
1
Angus Gunn
Angus Gunn