skip to content
Corner from the right by-line taken by Daniel Fox, clearance made by Matthew Sparrow.
Grant Hall challenges David Connolly unfairly and gives away a free kick. Daniel Fox produces a strike on goal direct from the free kick, save by Peter Brezovan.
Gordon Greer is shown a red card for violent conduct. Strike comes in from David Connolly from the free kick.
Corner taken by Ryan Harley from the left by-line, Matthew Sparrow finds the net with a goal from inside the penalty box low into the middle of the goal. Brighton 3-0 Southampton.
Ryan Harley is brought on as a substitute for Kazenga LuaLua.
Foul by Ben Reeves on Grant Hall, free kick awarded. Indirect free kick taken by Peter Brezovan.
David Connolly produces a right-footed shot from inside the six-yard box that clears the bar.
Matthew Sparrow finds the net. Brighton 2-0 Southampton.Assist by Liam Bridcutt.
Jack Cork gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Kazenga LuaLua. Liam Bridcutt takes the direct free kick.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on David Connolly by Grant Hall. Daniel Fox crosses the ball from the free kick left-footed from right by-line.
Matthew Sparrow challenges Jos Hooiveld unfairly and gives away a free kick. Matthew Sparrow receives a caution for unsporting behaviour. Ben Reeves replaces Adam Lallana. Kelvin Davis takes the free kick.
Shot by Steve Cook from outside the box goes over the target.
Will Buckley takes a short corner.
Kazenga LuaLua takes a shot. Save by Kelvin Davis. Jake Forster-Caskey finds the back of the net with a goal from inside the area low into the middle of the goal. Brighton 1-0 Southampton.
Will Buckley fouled by Daniel Fox, the ref awards a free kick. A cross is delivered by Will Buckley, Jake Forster-Caskey has a shot on goal from long range that goes wide left.
Jonathan Forte on for Guly Do Prado.
Kazenga LuaLua takes a shot. Save by Kelvin Davis.
Guly Do Prado goes off and Ben Reeves comes on.
Richard Lambert is sent off.
Shot from deep inside the area by Craig Mackail-Smith clears the bar.
Corner taken short by Daniel Fox.
Jos Hooiveld fouled by Liam Bridcutt, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Daniel Fox.
Jack Cork takes a shot. Liam Bridcutt makes a clearance.
Jack Cork concedes a free kick for a foul on Jake Forster-Caskey. Daniel Fox on for Dan Harding. Direct free kick taken by Jake Forster-Caskey.
Guly Do Prado concedes a free kick for a foul on Jake Forster-Caskey. Free kick taken by Liam Bridcutt.
Will Buckley fouled by Dan Harding, the ref awards a free kick. The ball is delivered by Will Buckley, Effort on goal by Kazenga LuaLua from just outside the penalty area goes harmlessly over the target.
Adam Lallana takes a shot. Save by Peter Brezovan.
Corner taken left-footed by Dan Harding, clearance by Liam Bridcutt.
Foul by Dan Harding on Craig Mackail-Smith, free kick awarded. Dan Harding is cautioned by the ref for unsporting behaviour. Free kick taken by Liam Bridcutt.
Guly Do Prado conjures a right-footed shot from inside the six-yard box that clears the bar.
Effort from deep inside the area by Steve Cook misses to the right of the target.
Dan Harding takes a inswinging corner to the near post, clearance made by Craig Mackail-Smith. Jack Cork takes a shot. Peter Brezovan makes a save. Adam Lallana takes a shot. Save by Peter Brezovan.
Jake Forster-Caskey challenges Dan Harding unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Dan Harding.
Gordon Greer is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Kelvin Davis takes the direct free kick.
Dan Harding concedes a free kick for a foul on Will Buckley. Direct free kick taken by Liam Bridcutt.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Will Buckley by Dan Harding. Steve Cook restarts play with the free kick.
The referee penalises Guly Do Prado for handball. Gordon Greer takes the indirect free kick.
Foul by Aaron Martin on Kazenga LuaLua, free kick awarded. Free kick crossed by Kazenga LuaLua, David Connolly gets a block in. Corner taken right-footed by Kazenga LuaLua from the left by-line to the near post, Aaron Martin makes a clearance. Corner taken right-footed by Kazenga LuaLua, Richard Lambert makes a clearance.
Foul by David Connolly on Jake Forster-Caskey, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Liam Bridcutt.
Jake Forster-Caskey fouled by Jack Cork, the ref awards a free kick. Liam Bridcutt restarts play with the free kick.
Inswinging corner taken by Adam Lallana.
Craig Mackail-Smith is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Jos Hooiveld takes the direct free kick.
Seagulls picking from scraps
Brighton are down to the bare bones for the visit of leaders Southampton due to a host of injuries and suspensions.
Winger Craig Noone is the latest addition to the casualty list after he suffered a hamstring injury during the 2-0 defeat at Coventry on Saturday.
Defender Lewis Dunk collected his 10th booking of the season and starts a two-match ban and midfielder Alan Navarro is also suspended after picking up his fifth yellow card.
Romain Vincelot and Ashley Barnes are still banned for their red cards against Burnley before Christmas and Vicente Rodriguez (thigh), Inigo Calderon (knee), Marcos Painter (hamstring), Will Hoskins (hip), Gary Dicker (broken leg) and Tommy Elphick (Achilles) are all in the treatment room.
But midfielder Liam Bridcutt is back after serving a suspension against the Sky Blues and defender Steve Cook has been recalled from a loan spell at Bournemouth.
Southampton are hopeful Jose Fonte will be fit for the trip to their south-coast rivals.
Portuguese centre-half Fonte was left out of Friday night's surprise 1-0 home defeat by Bristol City due to a toe injury and was replaced by Aaron Martin.
Skipper Dean Hammond could return to the starting line-up to face the club where he started his career after dropping to the bench against the Robins.
Striker David Connolly is also pushing for a start having made two substitute appearances since recovering from the groin problem which kept him out for seven weeks.
Midfielder Richard Chaplow misses out again with a knee injury and defenders Dan Seaborne (head) and Radhi Jaidi (knee) are still on the sidelines.
Lambert sees red as Saints crash
Rickie Lambert's first red card of his career proved to be the game's turning point as Southampton's grip on top spot in the npower Championship loosened with a 3-0 defeat at Brighton.
Going into the game on the back of a first home defeat in more than a year - a 1-0 loss to Bristol City - Saints were desperate to get back to winning ways with Middlesbrough and West Ham breathing down their necks.
They looked on course to do that early on in the encounter but, after dominating the first half, were dealt a bitter blow when Lambert saw red in the 51st minute.
That proved the game's turning point as youngster Jake Forster-Caskey put Brighton ahead 15 minutes later, slotting home after Kelvin Davis denied Kazenga LuaLua.
Matt Sparrow wrapped up the points with a fine double, firing home a sensational 35-yard strike before adding another emphatic finish to ensure Gus Poyet's side's four-match losing run was brought to an end.
Boro's loss at Blackpool ensured Saints remained top, albeit on the same points as West Ham, who beat Coventry 1-0.
Despite heading into the clash on the back of a disappointing result last time out, Saints enjoyed the better of the opening exchanges as they dominated proceedings.
They almost took an early lead when Adam Lallana's effort was deflected goalwards by striker David Connolly, only for Peter Brezovan to make a fine save.
If manager Nigel Adkins was frustrated by that chance not being converted, he will have been even more dismayed midway through the opening period.
Connolly and Lallana were instrumental once more, linking up before the latter found the unmarked Guly Do Prado, who somehow managed to hit over from close range.
That did not stop Lallana, though, with the midfielder continuing to pose all sorts of problems as he was denied a goal when his effort appeared to cross the line, prior to Steve Cook's clearance.
Seemingly spurred on by the apparent injustice, Saints picked up where they left off at the start of the second half as a loud penalty appeal was turned down after Lambert went down under a challenge.
But their cause became somewhat more difficult soon after when Lambert - who has picked up just three bookings in the last two years - was dismissed after an altercation with Adam El-Abd.
The hosts seemed instantly spurred on by their one-man advantage and Saints were left thanking goalkeeper Davis after he impressively denied LuaLua.
However, he was left picking the ball out of the back of his net moments later as Forster-Caskey - on his full debut - slotted home after Davis had initially kept out LuaLua's stinging effort.
Sparrow's wonder goal then added to the hosts' joy and he added another by firing into the top corner from just inside the area.
The sides finished with 10 men apiece after Gordon Greer was sent off with three minutes to go for an off-the-ball incident, but it mattered little.
"Who will win the PL title this season - 2013/14?"
© 2004 - 2014 football.co.uk