Lewis Dunk’s header was the Brighton captain’s fourth goal of the season
Brighton claimed a vital victory in their quest to avoid relegation from the Premier League and left stuttering Southampton still nervously looking over their shoulders.
Leandro Trossard’s emphatic finish settled an entertaining Sunday lunchtime south-coast contest, Danny Welbeck’s deft touch freeing the Belgium winger to stride into the box and lash home.
The Seagulls had taken an early lead through skipper Lewis Dunk’s powerful header from a corner before Che Adams’ close-range volley ensured the Saints headed in level at the break.
Adams came closest to a second equaliser for Southampton, still without injured leading scorer Danny Ings, but he was brilliantly denied by the outstretched leg of Brighton keeper Robert Sanchez.
Victory halted a three-game losing streak for Graham Potter’s Seagulls, who climb a place to 16th above Newcastle, three points clear of 18th-placed Fulham and with a game in hand.
A 10th defeat in 12 league games, meanwhile, keeps Southampton in 14th, very much in the relegation mix, although they still have a seven-point cushion over the Cottagers.
More to follow.
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Match ends, Southampton 1, Brighton and Hove Albion 2.
Second Half ends, Southampton 1, Brighton and Hove Albion 2.
Corner, Southampton. Conceded by Joël Veltman.
Foul by Daniel N’Lundulu (Southampton).
Joël Veltman (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Substitution, Southampton. Daniel N’Lundulu replaces Stuart Armstrong.
Substitution, Brighton and Hove Albion. Jakub Moder replaces Leandro Trossard.
Corner, Brighton and Hove Albion. Conceded by Jannik Vestergaard.
Che Adams (Southampton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Ben White (Brighton and Hove Albion).
Jannik Vestergaard (Southampton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Andi Zeqiri (Brighton and Hove Albion).
Corner, Brighton and Hove Albion. Conceded by Fraser Forster.
Attempt saved. Andi Zeqiri (Brighton and Hove Albion) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Joël Veltman.
Substitution, Brighton and Hove Albion. Davy Pröpper replaces Danny Welbeck.
Foul by Nathan Redmond (Southampton).
Adam Lallana (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Attempt blocked. Pascal Groß (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from long range on the left is blocked.
Foul by Kyle Walker-Peters (Southampton).
Danny Welbeck (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick on the left wing.