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Brighton 0 Southampton 1: Up The Saints Take Basement Battle

Southampton Join Brighton On 33 Points As The Basement Battle Intensifies! Highlights. Comments. Stats. Player Ratings.

By Marc Gingell

30.03. 15:00 Amex Stadium Brighton 0-1 Southampton REF: M Oliver
ATT: 30,636 Pierre-Emile Højbjerg 53′

Pierre-Emile Højbjerg – Saints Great Dane!

Last Tuesday Switzerland and Denmark drew 3-3 in a European Championship Qualifier. Nothing too unusual about that except for two things. Switzerland were winning 3-0 after 76 minutes and Højbjerg joined the action as a 70th minute substitute with Christian Gytkjær who’s a striker with Polish club Lech Poznań. Gytkjær scored Denmark’s second. Højbjerg didn’t score but played a big part in dragging Denmark back into the game.

Captain Højbjerg

Saints boss Ralph Hasenhüttl soon recognised Højbjerg’s fighting qualities. He made him captain and against Brighton, Højbjerg put in a lung-busting battling display. He also scored the winning goal after 53 minutes.

Pattaya One: Pierre-Emile Højbjerg about to score.

Højbjerg broke up Brighton’s play close to the halfway line and fed Nathan Redmond. Redmond headed for goal with Højbjerg just outside him. In the box, Redmond found Højbjerg who scored with a right foot shot with the outside of his boot.

Martín Montoya Hit The Bar

For Brighton Martín Montoya cracked a left-foot shot, from outside the box, which smashed against Southampton’s bar in the 72nd minute. But that was the closest they came.

Pattaya One: Martín Montoya hit the bar.

Southampton, for the second game running, held on to their slender lead to take the points.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1nj5iuF7UxU

Player Ratings

Brighton: Ryan (6), Montoya (5), Dunk (6), Duffy (6), Bernardo (6), Stephens (5), Propper (6), Bissouma (6), Jahanbakhsh (6), Knockaert (5), Murray (6)

Subs: March (6), Locadia (6)

Southampton: Gunn (6), Valery (6), Bednarek (6), Yoshida (7), Bertrand (7), Romeu (7), Armstrong (6), Hojbjerg (7), Ward-Prowse (6), Redmond (8), Ings (6)

Subs: Gallagher (6), Stephens (N/A), Sims (N/A)

Man of the match: Nathan Redmond

Opta Stats

  • Brighton have registered just one victory in their last five home Premier League games (D1 L3), after winning four and losing just one of the seven before that (D2).
  • Southampton are just the second team to beat Brighton twice at the Amex in the same season (EFL Cup and Premier League) after Derby County in 2013-14.
  • Brighton mustered 15 shots without scoring in the game; only twice before in the Premier League have the Seagulls attempted more shots without scoring (21 v Watford in February 2019 and 16 v Watford in August 2017).
  • Southampton have won three of their last seven Premier League away games (D2 L2), after failing to win any of the seven before that (D1 L6).
  • Only Everton (14) have seen more of their games goalless at half-time in the Premier League this season than Southampton (13).
  • Southampton’s Pierre-Emile Højbjerg has netted four goals in the Premier League this season, twice as many as he managed in his previous six campaigns in Europe’s big five leagues combined (2).

 

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