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Maupay: Saints draw a massive result

Frenchman knows there is work to be done but Albion are nearly safe.

By Bruce Talbot • 16 July 2020

By Paul Hazlewood
Maupay celebrates his opening goal against the Saints.

Neal Maupay praised a battling performance by his team-mates as Albion took another step towards Premier League safety with a 1-1 draw against Southampton on Thursday evening.

Maupay struck his tenth league goal of the season to give the visitors a 17th-minute lead but Danny Ings levelled midway through the second half and the Seagulls had to dig deep to hang on to a point which made it six away games without defeat.

He said, “I think it’s massive result for us. We came here with the mindset to win and I thought we played well in the first half and for me personally it was a great feeling to score.

“Southampton had a really strong second half and our level wasn’t good enough, but a point is massive at this stage of the season. We have two games to go and we need to finish the job on Monday against Newcastle.

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Maupay: Another good step towards safety

“We know our goal difference is better than the teams below us, so that is huge. We have two games to go and we’re not safe yet so we need to keep fighting, but it was a good step.”

Although Albion have lost to both Manchester clubs and champions Liverpool since the resumption they have claimed eight points from their other four games.

“We have lost a couple of games, but the important matches we won at Norwich and got a point tonight at Southampton and we beat Arsenal,” added Maupay.

“The team spirit is really good and we keep fighting and playing hard. So we are confident that we are close to being safe.”

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