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Duffy stars as Brighton claim a point

Southampton 2 Brighton 2


ON TARGET: Shane Duffy. Photo: REUTERS

ON TARGET: Shane Duffy. Photo: REUTERS

ON TARGET: Shane Duffy. Photo: REUTERS

Glenn Murray scored a stoppage-time penalty as Brighton recovered from two goals down to draw 2-2 at south coast rivals Southampton.

The veteran striker converted his fourth goal of the season from the spot after Saints substitute James Ward-Prowse was adjudged to have fouled Shane Duffy by referee Anthony Taylor.

Pierre Hojbjerg's stunning strike and a penalty from Danny Ings looked to have put the hosts on course for successive Premier League wins for the first time since April 2017, before Albion defender Duffy headed in to start the fightback.

The late equaliser denied Saints what would have been just a fifth home win from 27 top-flight games and earned the Seagulls rare away joy.

Southampton started stronger and almost edged ahead in the 21st minute when Ings' effort was scrambled off the line by Anthony Knockaert, before Wesley Hoedt wastefully fired over with a follow-up attempt.

The pressure began to build and it paid off with 35 minutes played as Hojbjerg continued his eventful start to the season.

The former Bayern Munich man, who was sent off against Leicester before scoring in the win at Palace, smashed a thunderous strike into the bottom left corner from distance.

Chris Hughton's Seagulls began the second half with increased purpose and, after Davy Propper headed wide, Saints goalkeeper Alex McCarthy palmed away Knockaert's drive.

The hosts doubled their advantage in the 65th minute when Ings coolly converted from the spot after he had enticed a foul from Gaetan Bong.

It looked to be game over, but Brighton had other ideas.

Knockaert delivered an enticing free-kick from wide on the right and Ireland defender Duffy rose to steer home his second goal of the season.

Brighton continued to push and Jurgen Locadia forced a fine save out of McCarthy with a close-range header.

The hosts looked to have done enough to hang on for the three points but, after a left-wing corner, Taylor pointed to the spot and Murray, who turns 35 next week, kept his composure to roll the ball down the middle in front of the travelling fans.