Another controversial VAR penalty at the Amex, extended Brighton’s dreadful run of home form in the Premier League.
Last week against Liverpool, a dubious VAR decision went Brighton’s way, it certainly didn’t this week.
The game looked set to finish as a draw until March fouled Saints full back Walker-Peters with ten minutes to go.
The contact looked to have initially taken place outside the penalty area. The momentum from the challenge carried both players forward as they tangled and tumbled into the box.
Referee David Coote initially awarded the visitors a free-kick but despite multiple camera angles appearing inconclusive his decision was overturned – allowing Danny Ings to score from the spot.
Former Blackburn and Celtic forward Chris Sutton called it a “disgraceful” decision on BBC Radio 5 Live.
Solly March speaking to the BBC after the game appeared bewildered with the decision:
“It is just consistency, I don’t think there is any,” said March. “It is just random decisions that I don’t think the people who play football would give, but I don’t want too say much.”
Same old story
Frustratingly once again Brighton played well, especially in the first half. They controlled the game, Bissouma dominated the midfield and Welbeck caused problems for the Southampton defence.
The Seagulls played fluent attacking football but did not take their chances. Brighton started well and Gross powered home a penalty 26 minutes in, after Ward-Prowse was judged to have handled the ball in his own penalty box.
Danny Welbeck, Lewis Dunk and Gross all had good opportunities and Brighton could have gone into into the interval with a healthy lead.
Instead, a brilliant Vestergaard header drew Southampton level on the stroke of half time, giving them confidence to go on and win the game in the second half.
Now only Leicester (seven) have conceded more set-piece goals (apart from penalties) in the Premier League this season than Brighton (six).
The amount of goals Brighton are scoring at home is a real cause of concern. Prior to kick-off only bottom place Sheffield United, Burnley and sixth-placed Manchester United had scored fewer goals at home than the Seagulls this season.
The loss leaves Brighton in 16th place, 4 points above the relegation zone. Next up for the Seagulls is a trip to Leicester on Sunday, 13 December 19:15 kick-off.