Brighton require one point from their last two games to secure a place in the Premier League for next season, after Danny Ings’ equaliser denied them victory at Southampton last night.
A win would have seen Albion place an unbridgeable gap between themselves and the relegation zone, and they went ahead in the 17th minute through Neil Maupay’s powerful low shot, his tenth goal of the season.
But the Saints came out strongly in the second half, creating numerous chances, and finally got an equaliser when Danny Ings slid the ball past goalkeeper Mat Ryan after getting through 1 on 1.
Ings’ 66th-minute goal ensured that Southampton did not set a new club record of 11 home defeats in a Premier League season.
Although he admitted that it would have been good to cement their place in the top flight ahead of their game against Newcastle on Monday, goalscorer Maupay was keen not to downplay the significance of this result. He said:
“I think it’s massive result for us. We came here with the mindset to win and I thought we played well in the first half and for me personally it was a great feeling to score.
“Southampton had a really strong second half and our level wasn’t good enough, but a point is massive at this stage of the season. We have two games to go and we need to finish the job on Monday against Newcastle.
“We know our goal difference is better than the teams below us, so that is huge. We have two games to go and we’re not safe yet so we need to keep fighting, but it was a good step.”