Southampton hold off Chelsea to earn an important point at St Mary’s.
Takumi Minamino Cooley gave Southampton the lead just after half an hour, before Mason Mount converted a second half penalty to level it up.
The result sees Saints move to 30 points and more significantly snap a six game losing streak in the Premier League.
SFC sit two points behind Leeds United, who are in 12th. The two sides will meet at Elland Road on Tuesday night. The clash will go a long way to determining which half of the table both sides will finish this season.
Chelsea dominated the ball throughout the contest, but failed to consistently test Alex McCarthy. The first half saw Southampton defend well, but struggle to pass consistently, or retain the ball.
The breakthrough inevitably arrived, but not for the side that most neutral observers would’ve expected. Minamino converted the red and white’s only shot on target.
Despite only a single effort on target that doesn’t mean that Southampton didn’t have a chance to take all three points. The opposition will feel particularly disappointed they didn’t claim victory after being in the ascendancy for the majority of the match.
A good defensive display from Mohammed Salisu and tireless effort from Moussa Djenepo helped their side hold the line. The latter had to endure several crunching challenges, and was unafraid to get stuck in himself.
The Malian showed an impressive mixture of technical skill and graft in his best performance in a Saints shirt.
That having been said, here are the three key moments that impacted the course of Southampton 1 Chelsea 1.