Southampton 1-1 Brighton

Jack Stephens scored his second goal in as many games but Saints remain in the bottom three after a 1-1 draw with Brighton.

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Mauricio Pellegrino: “I think in the first 15 minutes they were a little bit better in direct play.

“They won some second balls and from this situation we conceded a penalty.

“After the goal, we totally controlled the game, but we couldn’t play quick enough to break through their defenders.

“Little by little they would drop and for us, it was really difficult to find the space to create more chances.

“We were patient and well organised because I don’t remember many actions from them, so in defence we controlled them well most of the time.

“In this situation, every single victory is massive, but we have to keep pushing and on Saturday we have another opportunity.”

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Steven Davis: “It’s so important to start quickly at home and get on the front foot but we didn’t do that tonight.

“We were a goal behind early on and Brighton were difficult to break down. Overall, we showed enough of a reaction to eventually get back level but we couldn’t find a touch of quality in the final third to get a winner.

“We knew how important a result would have been here against a team that’s near us in the table. We simply haven’t won enough games; I believe there is a lot of quality in this dressing room and we shouldn’t be in this position. It’s up to us to pull ourselves out of it.

“We’ve shown some signs of progression, but we need to start performing for a full 90 minutes and turn one point into three. All we can do is try and find the positives in games and look to push forwards in the next few weeks.”

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