Brighton Hoves Albion forced Southampton to one-one draw in keenly contested Premier League fixture played inside the Palmer Stadium.
If a football game can ever be rightly described as a balanced match, this was a very good example of such a game.
There was no significant difference in quality between the two teams in the first half of the game, though Southampton had a slight advantage in ball possession and a better organization in their defensive line that was ably marshaled by the calming presence of their Dutch Central-half, Virgil Van Dijk.
Steve Davies scored Southampton’s goal in the sixth minute of the game when he headed into the net the rebound of a Ward-Prowse’s free kick that had ricocheted off the goalpost.
The Saint were able to keep the score-line to their advantage till the end of the opening half.
Anthony Knockaert was a source of creative play for the home sides from the left flank where he operated. He managed to send few dangerous crosses into Southampton’s eighteen yard box and he showed great control when he had the ball at his feet.
Brighton came into the second half powerfully, and began to attack their opponent with a relatively greater measure of success. And in one of their attacking plays, Anthony Knockaerk shot the ball wide across the goal-mouth after sliding into the six yard box to latch on his team mate’s diagonal cross.
The home team relentless attacking play paid off few minutes after the commencement of the second half. Glenn Murray beat a badly positioned Ben Forster with a feeble header.
After the equalizer by Brighton, the two teams effectively neutralized themselves and the scoring opportunities they created were few and far between.
At the end of the encounter, the equally shared points by the two teams was a true reflection of the quality of their performances in the field of play.