Brighton & Hove Albion 0-1 Southampton
Southampton made it three wins from their last four games by securing a vital 1-0 victory at FA Cup semi-finalists Brighton.
Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg scored the only goal of the match in the opening stages of the second half to leave the Seagulls embroiled in the relegation dogfight.
Alireza Jahanbakhsh volleyed an early chance over the bar as the home side, who had won their last two Premier League games against Huddersfield and Crystal Palace, made the brighter start.
When Saints responded, Mat Ryan did well to save Nathan Redmond’s fierce drive, but Chris Hughton’s team edged the first period and Yves Bissouma fired a long-range shot narrowly wide just past the half-hour mark.
The best chance of the first half fell to the visitors in the 35th minute when Danny Ings’ curling effort was blocked and Brighton eventually cleared their lines after the ensuing melee.
Southampton started the second half well and scored the crucial goal eight minutes after the break when Redmond launched a rapid counter-attack and set up Hojbjerg, whose shot was too good for Ryan.
Brighton were stung into action and almost grabbed an immediate equaliser, only for Lewis Dunk to head Anthony Knockaert’s cross over the bar.
As the game opened up, Knockaert fired a left-footed effort wide, while at the other end Shane Duffy cleared Redmond’s shot.
Brighton came within inches of making it 1-1 with 18 minutes remaining when Spanish right-back Martin Montoya fired his shot against the crossbar, while Davy Propper’s weak effort failed to trouble Angus Gunn in the Southampton goal.
Jurgen Locadia had an 84th-minute shot saved by Gunn but Brighton were unable to grab a late equaliser as Southampton hung on for a crucial three points.