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Brighton 2-2 Southampton: Ward-Prowse double spares Saints

James Ward-Prowse scored a trademark free-kick and a long range worldie to help rescue a point for Saints

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James Ward-Prowse came to Southampton’s rescue on Sunday afternoon.

After going two goals down in the first half to Brighton & Hove Albion, Saints’ captain Ward-Prowse scored two stunning goals to help salvage a point on their travels.

Brighton went ahead early. Danny Welbeck scored early for the hosts after just two minutes, before Mohammed Salisu scored in his own net shortly before half-time to double the Seagull’s lead.

Southampton were handed yet another blow in that first half when promising right-back Tino Livramento was stretchered off the pitch with an apparent knee injury.

The resulting injury time saw Saints win a free-kick outside Brighton’s penalty area, which Ward-Prowse handily dispatched as he so often does. The England international fired a low, curling effort that flew past Brighton ‘keeper Robert Sanchez, taking Ward-Prowse to 14 Premier League goals by direct free-kick. That’s a record only bested by David Beckham, who has 18.

Not long after play resumed for the second half, Ward-Prowse’s struck again from distance.

The Saints captain read Oriol Romeu’s back-heel perfectly and smashed a low, driven shot into Sanchez’s bottom right corner, leaving the Spanish shot-stopper no chance of saving it.

Southampton pushed for a winner and looked much the better side in the second stanza after a poor first half, but Brighton withstood the pressure and both teams shared the spoils.

Brighton (4-3-1-2): Sanchez; Veltman, Webster (Gross 62’), Dunk, Cucurella; Mwepu (March 61’), Mac Allister, Caicedo; Trossard; Maupay (Sarmiento 85’), Welbeck

Unused subs: Steele, Lallana, Alzate, Duffy, Offiah, Ferguson

Goals: Welbeck (2’), Salisu OG (44’)

Bookings: Cucurella

Southampton (4-4-2): Forster; Livramento (Perraud 37’), Bednarek, Salisu, Walker-Peters; Redmond, Ward-Prowse, Romeu, Tella (S. Armstrong 66’); Adams, Long (Broja 79’)

Unused subs: Caballero, Lyanco, A. Armstrong, Elyounoussi, Diallo, Valery

Goals: Ward-Prowse (45’ +4, 54’)

Bookings: None