Moussa Djenepo scored moments after coming on as a substitute to help Southampton secure their first win of the season at Brighton, who had Florin Andone sent off.
The 21-year-old Malian broke the deadlock in the second half, cutting inside from the left wing before curling a sumptuous effort past Mat Ryan and into the far corner.
Southampton sealed the points in second-half stoppage time when Nathan Redmond slid home Sofiane Boufal’s cross from close range.
Brighton had been reduced to 10 men on the half-hour mark when Andone was shown a straight red card following a high, rash challenge on Saints defender Yan Valery.
The Seagulls had looked comfortable up to that point, with Neal Maupay and Martin Montoya going close to breaking the deadlock in the first half.
LeWIS Dunk thought he had given the hosts the lead seven minutes before the interval, but the goal was ruled out by VAR for offside against defender Dan Burn.
Second-half substitute Jurgen Locadia struck the post for Brighton late on, but Redmond’s late goal sealed the points for the visitors.
Seagulls fade following Andone dismissal
After narrowly avoiding relegation last season, Brighton have made a solid start to life under former Swansea City manager Graham Potter.
An eye-catching 3-0 opening-day win at Watford was followed by a 1-1 home draw with West Ham, in which summer signing Leandro Trossard delivered a man-of-the-match display.
The Belgian was heavily involved early on at the Amex Stadium, teeing up Neal Maupay whose tame effort was easily held by Southampton goalkeeper Angus Gunn.
The 24-year-old’s in-swinging cross was headed wide by Martin Montoya soon afterwards as Potter’s side continued to turn the screw.
However, the game swung the visitors’ way when Andone was dismissed following a rash challenge that left Valery writhing in agony near the half-way line.
Potter’s side almost equalised moments before Redmond’s strike when Locadia latched onto Glenn Murray’s flick-on, but the Dutchman sliced his effort against the frame of the goal as the Saints held on to iNFLict a first defeat on the new Brighton boss.
Djenepo’s instant impact
Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side matched the European champions for large parts at St Mary’s but failed to take their chances, with Danny Ings missing a glorious opportunity to equalise in second-half stoppage time.
The Saints failed to register a shot on target prior to Andone’s dismissal, despite seeing plenty of the ball.
Indeed, the closest they came to a breakthrough in the first half was when Redmond’s low shot from the edge of the box was held by Ryan.
Djenepo, who made his debut for the club against Liverpool last weekend, replaced Valery eight minutes into the second half and his impact was almost instant, curling past Ryan just two minutes after entering the fray.
Second-half substitute Stuart Armstrong was thwarted by Ryan late on, but Redmond’s strike – following fine play by Boufal – sealed the win as Southampton secured their first Premier League clean sheet since their 1-0 victory at the Amex Stadium in March.
Man of the match – Nathan Redmond (Southampton)
Saints continue dominance over Seagulls – the stats
- Southampton have won each of their last three away games against Brighton in all competitions, keeping a clean sheet each time.
- Brighton have scored just eight goals in their last 14 Premier League home games, and never scored more than once in a match in that run.
- Three of the last four Premier League red cards shown by referee Kevin Friend have been to Brighton players (Shane Duffy v Crystal Palace, Anthony Knockaert v Bournemouth and Florin Andone today).
- Moussa Djenepo’s goal for Southampton – his first in the Premier League – came with his first touch in the match and just 78 seconds after coming on as a second-half substitute.
- No player has scored more Premier League goals for Southampton under Ralph Hasenhuttl than Nathan Redmond (7).
- Southampton’s Danny Ings has been directly involved in three goals in his last four Premier League games (1 goal, 2 assists), more than he had in his previous 11 in the competition (2).
‘It’s one we can’t defend’ – what they said
Brighton manager Graham Potter, speaking to Match of the Day: “It didn’t look like a great tackle by Florin Andone. That’s not a tackle we want to see. I don’t think he’s meant to do it but it’s one we can’t defend.
“We started really well and had some opportunities. They came into it a little bit. The red card made it difficult for the rest of the game.
“We started the second half well – we had attacks and won the ball back. Then they score. I was incredibly proud with the effort we put in.”
“Sometimes we gave the ball away too easily. After two games you have no points so you have little confidence, but I still think we could have done better. This was an important win for us.
“Moussa Djenepo is very quick and hard to defend against – in the two games he’s played he’s made an impact as substitute.”
Brighton travel to Bristol Rovers in the EFL Cup on Tuesday 27 August (19:45 BST), before returning to Premier League action at champions Manchester City on Saturday 31 August (15:00 BST).
- 22MontoyaBooked at 89mins
- 6StephensSubstituted forGroßat 78′minutes
- 20MarchSubstituted forLocadiaat 68′minutes
- 7MaupaySubstituted forMurrayat 74′minutes
- 10AndoneBooked at 30mins
- 43ValerySubstituted forDjenepoat 53′minutesBooked at 62mins
- 23HøjbjergBooked at 82mins
- 16Ward-ProwseBooked at 21mins
- 10AdamsSubstituted forBoufalat 80′minutes
- 9IngsSubstituted forArmstrongat 84′minutes
- 2Cédric Soares
- Kevin Friend
- Shots on Target
Dan Burn (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Martín Montoya (Brighton and Hove Albion) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Foul by Martín Montoya (Brighton and Hove Albion).
Delay over. They are ready to continue.
Jürgen Locadia (Brighton and Hove Albion) hits the left post with a left footed shot from the left side of the six yard box. Assisted by Glenn Murray following a corner.
Attempt missed. Glenn Murray (Brighton and Hove Albion) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Pascal Groß with a cross following a corner.
Corner, Brighton and Hove Albion. Conceded by Jan Bednarek.
Foul by Glenn Murray (Brighton and Hove Albion).
Martín Montoya (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Substitution, Brighton and Hove Albion. Pascal Groß replaces Dale Stephens.
Davy Pröpper (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Substitution, Brighton and Hove Albion. Glenn Murray replaces Neal Maupay.
Attempt missed. Davy Pröpper (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Leandro Trossard.
Jürgen Locadia (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Substitution, Brighton and Hove Albion. Jürgen Locadia replaces Solly March.