Southampton 1-1 Brighton: Player Ratings

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SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND – JANUARY 31: Lewis Dunk of Brighton and Hove Albion tackles Shane Long of Southampton during the Premier League match between Southampton and Brighton and Hove Albion at St Mary’s Stadium on January 31, 2018 in Southampton, England. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)

Southampton only gained a point following a 1-1 draw with fellow south coast side Brighton.  Inability to generate an attack and an appeared lack of confidence doomed Southampton once again.

66% of possession and 18 attempted shots were not enough against a Brighton side who rarely threatened and gave away possession far too easily.

Glen Murray put the Seagulls ahead in the 14th minute from the penalty mark.  Wesley Hoedt being at fault for dangling a leg out on Solly March.

The remainder of the first half emphasized Southampton’s lack of creativity going forward.

Mauricio Pellegrino surprised everyone by bringing on two changes at half time.  Guido Carrillo and Sofiane Boufal were subbed on, displaying real intent to put Brighton on their heels.

The Saints provided all the pressure for the duration of the second half, but if not for a very fortunate goal by Jack Stephens, they may have dropped all three points.

It was another disappointing result for a Southampton side entrenched in a relegation battle.  Here are the player ratings from the lackluster performance.

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