Brighton and Hove Albion 1, Southampton 1: Seagulls are at home in Premier League, insists Chris Hughton

 
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Glenn Murray, right, scored his third Premier League goal in two matches as Brighton drew with Southampton (Source: Getty)

Brighton boss Chris Hughton insists his side’s comeback against Southampton is further evidence that the Seagulls are equipped to deal with the rigours of the Premier League.

The Saints stormed into an early lead courtesy of Steven Davis’s quick reactions, only for the top-flight newcomers to snatch a point following veteran frontman Glenn Murray’s second-half header.

A fourth undefeated league match in five moved Brighton above Huddersfield to 12th, four points clear of the relegation zone, while Southampton are a point better off in ninth.

“In all our games there isn’t anybody who has given us a real beating. We have been in most games,” said Hughton. “I was pleased with the response. The last time we conceded early, at Leicester, we came away with nothing.”

Southampton manager Mauricio Pellegrino, meanwhile, believes his south-coast outfit are on course for a top-seven finish despite recording only three wins in 10 top-flight matches this term.

“I think it is a season with ups and downs,” said the Argentinian. “In terms of results we deserved a few more points but our league is close between 10 and 12 teams from the bottom until around sixth. We are in this group.”

Midfielder Davis fired the visitors into the ascendency on seven minutes after James Ward-Prowse’s free-kick had struck the woodwork. Brighton, however, ensured a share of the spoils when Murray nodded home Pascal Gross’s cross on 52 minutes.

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