Brighton & Hove Albion rescued a point in the 90th minute against Southampton, as Glenn Murray’s penalty completed a comeback for the Seagulls after going two goals behind at St Mary’s.
It was the second time in as many games that Chris Hughton’s team came back from 2-0 down to draw 2-2, and here are some key moments from the south-coast clash against the Saints in front of the Sky Sports cameras.
With the Seagulls trailing by two goals, Shane Duffy found space inside the penalty area to head home his second Premier League goal for the club, just a few minutes after Saints had doubled their advantage. The Irishman found the back of the net in front of Albion’s away support, but there was little time for celebration as he raced to retrieve the ball and carry it back to the halfway line. The 26-year-old then caused havoc inside Southampton’s penalty area in the 90th minute, as he was sent tumbling and won a penalty for the Seagulls.
ANOTHER FOR ANTHONY
Anthony Knockaert swung a dangerous free-kick into the penalty area, which Duffy glanced home from close range, and the Frenchman earned his third assist of the season. His excellent delivery gave Duffy the relatively simple task of directing his header on target, and the defender’s goal sparked Albion’s impressive comeback at St Mary’s. Knockaert had previously claimed assists against Manchester United and Fulham at the Amex Stadium, and the 26-year-old’s third assist has added further to his improved total from last season.
Glenn Murray was presented with the chance to draw his team level in the closing stages, and the forward was put on the spot in front of over 28,000 supporters at St Mary’s. Pressure was placed on the striker’s shoulders but he showed his calmness from 12 yards, as he cooly rolled the ball down the middle to beat former team-mate Alex McCarthy. It wasn’t the first time Murray had scored from the spot at St Mary’s in front of Albion’s travelling support - the 34-year-old dispatched from 12 yards in the same fixture last season, but with far less pressure in the 14th minute. Murray’s fourth goal of the season was also his 98th for the club, which has moved him to within two of becoming the club’s post-war record goalscorer.
Albion’s travelling supporters, who arrived at St Mary’s in their thousands, were rewarded for their continued support throughout the second half. Murray found the back of the net from 12 yards and raced towards the club’s supporters in the corner of the Northam Stand. Albion’s players joined the frontman in celebrating with the fans, as the Seagulls recovered to seal a point and create another memorable moment on the road.
Hughton’s men were second best in the opening half at St Mary’s, however the Albion boss gave his thoughts during the half-time break and it noticeably made a big difference as the Seagulls produced a much-improved display during the final 45 minutes. The intensity was raised and Albion began to enjoy more of the ball, despite conceding a second goal from the penalty spot. Hughton’s team continued to apply pressure until the final whistle, and their desire to take something from Hampshire was clear to see - as they recovered for two goals down for the second game in succession.