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REPORT: SOUTHAMPTON 1 ALBION 0

15 July 2015



SOUTHAMPTON 1
McQueen ‘90

ALBION 0

Brighton & Hove Albion were narrowly beaten by Southampton in a behind-closed-doors friendly at their Staplewood Training Ground.

Sam McQueen’s last-minute strike earned the Saints victory in a match where Albion more than held their own against their Premier League opponents.

Chris Hughton named two different starting line-ups for the game; new signings Liam Rosenior, Tomer Hemed and Gaetan Bong all featured in the first 45 minutes, while Christian Walton started between the sticks.

Both sides played some slick passing football during the first half and the Seagulls created arguably the better chances.

Solly March worked the first opening after he cut in from the right-hand side and found Kazenga LuaLua, whose shot was deflected behind for a corner.

Albion’s next chance came from a set-piece when a Dale Stephens corner found Lewis Dunk inside the box, but the centre-back’s header went over the bar.

Graziano Pelle had the best opportunity for the Saints when his rasping strike from distance produced a fine reaction save from Walton.

Beram Kayal put in a solid display in central midfield and played a superb ball into the path of Sam Baldock, but the forward was intercepted and March fired a follow-up strike over the crossbar.

Baldock returned the favour just moments later after finding the midfielder with an exquisite pass, but keeper Marten Stekelenburg tipped the Israeli’s shot to safety.

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Hughton rang the changes after the break, as Niki Maenpaa made his first appearance in an Albion shirt and he was joined on the pitch by youngsters Rob Hunt, Jesse Starkey and Tom Dallison.

The half started in a similarly cagey fashion as the first and Southampton forward Juanmi had the first clear opportunity, but his strike went wide of Maenpaa’s goal.

Adrian Colunga threatened the Saints' goal after latching on to Inigo Calderon’s cross, but his strike was saved by Stekelenburg.

Chris O’Grady was next to test the Southampton keeper after some good build-up play involving Starkey and Rohan Ince.

Danny Holla then showed some neat footwork to carve out a shooting opportunity from distance, but his strike went over the bar.

Just as the game looked to be heading for a draw, Sadio Mane made a surging run into the Albion half and found McQueen inside the box, whose tap-in clipped off the inside of the post and past Maenpaa.

ALBION (first-half): Walton; Rosenior, Dunk, Rea, Bong; Kayal, March, LuaLua, Baldock; Hemed, Stephens.

ALBION (second half): Maenpaa; Hunt, Bruno, Dallison, Chicksen; Calderon, Ince, Holla, Starkey; O’Grady, Colunga.

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