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2018/2019 English Premier League
  • Pierre-Emile Højbjerg (53')

Hojbjerg strike gives Southampton win at Brighton

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Saints secure crucial win at relegation rivals Brighton (1:11)

Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg's winner saw Southampton go level on points with opponents Brighton in the scrap to avoid relegation. (1:11)

Pierre Hojbjerg scored as Southampton withstood a second-half onslaught at Brighton & Hove Albion to secure a vital 1-0 Premier League victory on Saturday.

The win put the relegation-threatened Saints level with Brighton on 33 points, five above the drop zone.

After a cagey first half, midfielder Hojbjerg gave his side the lead in the 53rd minute, winning the ball high up the pitch and finishing a quick counter-attack by flicking Nathan Redmond's pass home with the outside of his right boot.

The goal prompted a barrage of balls into the box from the home side and Martin Montoya came closest to putting Brighton level, cutting inside and curling a powerful shot that thumped off the crossbar.

Brighton pushed Shane Duffy up front for the last few minutes but Brighton failed to get enough quality crosses in to the big defender as Southampton hung on for their third win in four games.

Hojbjerg praised the fighting spirit his team had shown, telling Sky Sports: "Our technical play can be better, but performing as a team was excellent.

"In these away games you don't get a win by being nice -- you get it by being brutal and clinical. It was the perfect team performance. We're one step closer but we're not there yet."

English Premier League Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 Manchester City 38 +72 98
2 Liverpool 38 +67 97
3 Chelsea 38 +24 72
4 Tottenham Hotspur 38 +28 71
5 Arsenal 38 +22 70
6 Manchester United 38 +11 66
7 Wolverhampton Wanderers 38 +1 57
8 Everton 38 +8 54
9 Leicester City 38 +3 52
10 West Ham United 38 -3 52
11 Watford 38 -7 50
12 Crystal Palace 38 -2 49
13 Newcastle United 38 -6 45
14 AFC Bournemouth 38 -14 45
15 Burnley 38 -23 40
16 Southampton 38 -20 39
17 Brighton & Hove Albion 38 -25 36
18 Cardiff City 38 -35 34
19 Fulham 38 -47 26
20 Huddersfield Town 38 -54 16