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RECAP: Danny Ings’ penalty lifts Southampton to 2-1 win over Brighton

Sometimes you win games you probably shouldn’t, but three points in the bag.

Brighton & Hove Albion v Southampton - Premier League Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images

Southampton came back to beat Brighton 2-1 in the Premier League behind a controversial VAR decision on Monday.

Solly March fouled Kyle Walker-Peters on the edge of the box, but upon a VAR check, David Coote awarded a penalty to Southampton and substitute Danny Ings calmly converted from the spot.

Jannik Vestergaard and Ings, who returned to the side after a spell on the sidelines through injury, flipped a script that saw Saints fall behind after Pascal Gross gave Brighton the lead from the spot on 26 minutes.

Vestegaard combined with James Ward-Prowse from the corner kick, driving a header past a diving Matthew Ryan to draw Saints level on the stroke of halftime.

Southampton never appeared set to climb back into the game after a sluggish half, but the two goal turn around lifted the visitors into fifth place in the league standings on 20 points from 11 games.

Brighton (3-4-1-2): Ryan; Webster, Dunk, Veltman; March; Bissouma, White (Jahanbakhsh 81), Lamptey; Gross; Welbeck (Trossard 82), Connolly (Maupay 64)

Unused subs: Steele, Burn, Bernardo, Alzate

Goals: Gross (26 PEN)

Bookings: Dunk (56), Gross (80)

Southampton (4-4-2): McCarthy; Bertrand, Vestergaard, Bednarek, Walker-Peters; Djenepo (Ings 46), Romeu, Ward-Prowse, Armstrong; Adams, Walcott (Redmond 69)

Unused subs: Forster (GK), Diallo, Stephens, Salisu, Long

Goals: Vestergaard (45), Ings (81 PEN)

Bookings: Djenepo (13), Romeu (45), McCarthy (87)