Southampton drew their third-straight Premier League game and took their unbeaten run to five matches with a 1-1 stalemate at home to Brighton.
The two sides traded early blows with Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg and Neal Maupay both having respective attempts at goal in the early minutes.
The visitors were the ones to break the deadlock inside 20 minutes courtesy of a clinical Maupay strike.
The Saints were struggling to make an impact on the game but did have an equaliser ruled out later in the half when Danny Ings was correctly ruled offside.
Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side made a much better start to the second-half with Ings and the newly introduced Che Adams both having glorious chances to draw level; the former hitting the post and the latter having one cleared off the line.
The hosts did eventually draw level when Nathan Redmond played in Ings who coolly slotted into the back of the net to get his 20th Premier League goal of the season.
Jannik Vestergaard almost gave Saints the lead with a stunning strike from distance that was denied by one of the saves of the season by Mat Ryan.
This result leaves Southampton in 12th place in the Premier League on 46 points, as many as they picked up in Claude Puel’s solitary campaign in charge.
Here’s how we rated the Southampton players:
Alex McCarthy: 6
McCarthy had very little to do.
He couldn’t do anything to keep out the Brighton goal while the Seagulls failed to trouble him after that, his kicking does seem to be improving though.
Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg: 4
Hojbjerg has many talents on a football pitch but shooting isn’t one of them.
He had two glorious chances to get on the scoresheet but failed on both occasions.
He started the game as a make-shift right-back and understandably struggled before reverting back to his favoured midfield role after the break where the ex-skipper looked slightly better but still made mistakes.
Jannik Vestergaard: 4
Not only did this performance from Vestergaard showcase his downfalls, but it also illustrated how important Jack Stephens has become to the side.
Not a lot seemed to go right for the Danish centre-back this evening although he almost scored a contender for goal of the season but for an incredible Mat Ryan save.
Jan Bednarek: 5
Not too much to say about Bednarek’s performance.
The defence wasn’t troubled too often after their goal but he did contribute to them taking the lead far too easily.
Jake Vokins: 7
Vokins was arguably the best of the five players that came into the side from the draw at Old Trafford.
The left-back almost had the dream Premier League debut when he saw a terrific strike whistle just past the post and he looked largely comfortable throughout as well as providing an attacking presence down that left-hand side.
Oriol Romeu: 4
Romeu was one of two players brought off at half-time after a disappointing opening-45.
His outing at St Mary’s was defined by one moment where he got caught in possession which almost led to a Brighton second.
James Ward-Prowse: 6
A rare quiet affair for Ward-Prowse who may not have bossed the midfield as he would’ve liked.
Although it was still a decent outing for the captain who continued his record of playing every minute since the restart.
Will Smallbone: 4
One word to describe Smallbone’s performance is anonymous with the youngster even looking a bit lost at times.
This position doesn’t seem to suit the 20-year old who struggled to get a foot on the ball, and when he did, the pass seemed to let him down.
Nathan Redmond: 7
It was an excellent assist from Redmond for Ings’ leveller which made the chance for Saints’ number nine much easier than it could’ve been.
Aside from that, Redmond was a rare bright spark in the first-half after being one of the few players to inject some pace – although his final ball lacked at times which he put right for the goal.
Michael Obafemi: 4
It’s not the first time since the restart that Obafemi has been hooked at half-time after a lacklustre start.
His 45-minute stint consisted of few touches and was brought off for Adams as a result.
Danny Ings: 7
In the first-half, you sometimes got the feeling that the amount of games may be catching up with Ings.
His usual non-stop pressing that is crucial to Saints’ play was often absent, but he was much better after the break and looked more like himself.
Ings’ calm finish ensured he became the first Southampton player since James Beattie to score 20 Premier League goals in a single season as well as becoming the 20th different Englishman to reach that tally.
Che Adams (sub): 6
Adams offered much more of an attacking threat when he was brought on at half-time.
He was unlucky not to score on a couple of occasions with Brighton players putting body on the lines to keep out the 24-year old.
But he would’ve been pleased nonetheless to get into these positions, which is something Obafemi couldn’t do.
Kyle Walker-Peters (sub): 6
It’s also not the first time we’ve seen Walker-Peters introduced at half-time after an unbalanced opening period.
The right-back’s composure and close control is incredibly admirable and with every impressive performance that passes by, it looks more likely that Hasenhuttl will do all he can to keep him beyond his current loan deal.
Stuart Armstrong (sub): N/A
Armstrong came on with about 15 minutes to play and had some neat touches in the final third but wasn’t on long enough to warrant a rating.