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Frazer Richardson delivers the ball, save made by Steve Harper.
Ashley Barnes booked.
Lee Barnard has a headed effort from close in and clears the bar.
Ashley Barnes fouled by Morgan Schneiderlin, the ref awards a free kick. Craig Noone shoots direct from the free kick.
Unfair challenge on Craig Noone by Jose Fonte results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Craig Noone.
Marcos Painter gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Richard Lambert. Frazer Richardson takes the free kick.
Steve De Ridder produces a right-footed shot from just outside the penalty area that goes harmlessly over the target.
Richard Lambert takes a shot. Save by Steve Harper.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Lee Barnard on Marcos Painter. Lewis Dunk restarts play with the free kick.
Foul by Craig Mackail-Smith on Jos Hooiveld, free kick awarded. Craig Noone goes into the referee's book for dissent. Free kick taken by Kelvin Davis.
The ball is swung over by Daniel Fox.
Unfair challenge on Craig Mackail-Smith by Jose Fonte results in a free kick. Craig Noone delivers the ball, Lewis Dunk has a headed effort from close in and clears the bar.
Lee Barnard joins the action as a substitute, replacing Guly Do Prado.
Unfair challenge on Gordon Greer by Guly Do Prado results in a free kick. Steve Harper restarts play with the free kick.
Craig Mackail-Smith fouled by Daniel Fox, the ref awards a free kick. Liam Bridcutt takes the free kick.
Steve De Ridder replaces Adam Lallana.
Effort on goal by Guly Do Prado from just inside the box goes harmlessly over the target.
Shot on goal by Jack Cork from just inside the area clears the crossbar.
Inigo Calderon concedes a Penalty for a foul on Richard Lambert. Inigo Calderon receives a yellow card. Penalty taken right-footed by Richard Lambert and scored. Southampton 3-0 Brighton.
Ashley Barnes comes on in place of Billy Paynter. Matthew Sparrow on for Alan Navarro.
Foul by Alan Navarro on Jack Cork, free kick awarded. The referee cautions Alan Navarro for unsporting behaviour. Daniel Fox takes the direct free kick.
Effort from deep inside the area by Richard Lambert misses to the right of the goal.
Headed effort from inside the box by Jose Fonte misses to the right of the target.
Corner taken by Daniel Fox.
Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Craig Noone. Morgan Schneiderlin joins the action as a substitute, replacing Dean Hammond.
Foul by Lewis Dunk on Jose Fonte, Penalty awarded. Lewis Dunk is shown a yellow card for unsporting behaviour. Mauricio Taricco dismissed for foul and abusive language. Richard Lambert scores a power penalty. Southampton 2-0 Brighton.Ryan Harley leaves the field to be replaced by Inigo Calderon.
Dean Hammond receives a caution for unsporting behaviour. Steve Harper takes the free kick.
Unfair challenge on Craig Mackail-Smith by Frazer Richardson results in a free kick. Ryan Harley takes the free kick.
Richard Lambert finds the back of the net with a headed goal from close range. Southampton 1-0 Brighton.Frazer Richardson provided the assist for the goal.
Corner taken short by Daniel Fox.
Foul by Richard Lambert on Marcos Painter, free kick awarded. Steve Harper takes the free kick.
The ball is swung over by Ryan Harley, clearance made by Jose Fonte.
Foul by Jack Cork on Alan Navarro, free kick awarded. Steve Harper restarts play with the free kick.
Corner from the left by-line taken by Daniel Fox, Richard Lambert takes a shot. Save by Steve Harper.
Foul by Guly Do Prado on Lewis Dunk, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Lewis Dunk.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Craig Mackail-Smith by Richard Lambert. Steve Harper takes the free kick.
Richard Lambert takes a shot. Comfortable save by Steve Harper.
Alan Navarro challenges Jack Cork unfairly and gives away a free kick. Jack Cork takes the direct free kick.
Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Daniel Fox, clearance made by Ryan Harley.
Guly Do Prado concedes a free kick for a foul on Marcos Painter. Guly Do Prado receives a yellow card. Steve Harper takes the free kick.
Richard Chaplow fouled by Marcos Painter, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Frazer Richardson.
Corner taken left-footed by Daniel Fox, save by Steve Harper.
Shot from just outside the box by Craig Noone goes over the bar.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Craig Noone by Daniel Fox. Direct free kick taken by Gordon Greer.
Lewis Dunk gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Guly Do Prado. Frazer Richardson takes the free kick.
Guly Do Prado takes a shot. Save by Steve Harper.
The ball is delivered by Daniel Fox, Gordon Greer makes a clearance.
The referee blows for offside against Ryan Harley. Jos Hooiveld takes the direct free kick.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Richard Lambert on Lewis Dunk. Liam Bridcutt takes the free kick.
Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Ryan Harley, Gordon Greer produces a header from inside the area that goes over the crossbar.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Billy Paynter on Richard Lambert. Direct free kick taken by Jose Fonte.
As you were for Saints
Leaders Southampton have no new injury concerns ahead of Brighton's trip along the south coast.
Defenders Radhi Jaidi and Dan Seaborne are boss Nigel Adkins' only absentees.
Tunisian veteran Jaidi remains sidelined following a recent knee operation and fellow centre-half Seaborne is continuing his recovery from head injuries sustained in an assault in September.
Skipper Dean Hammond is expected to return in midfield after he was rested for the 4-2 win at Coventry last time out while striker Lee Barnard is pushing for a place in the squad having recovered from a long-term ankle injury.
Adkins loaned out strikers Jonathan Forte and Sam Hoskins and defender Jack Saville over the international break.
Brighton can welcome back a host of injured players.
Full-back Marcos Painter (leg), midfielders Vicente (thigh) and Gonzalo Jara Reyes (knee) and forward Will Hoskins (thigh) all missed the win over Barnsley a fortnight ago but are now available to boss Gus Poyet.
And defender Adam El-Abd, last season's player of the year, is also back in training for the first time this season after a long-term foot injury, although he is unikely to be rushed into action.
Goalkeeper Steve Harper plays the final game of his month-long spell on loan from Newcastle, although Brighton hope to extend his stay.
Centre-half Tommy Elphick (Achilles) and midfielder Gary Dicker (broken leg) remain long-term absentees.
Lambert treble as Saints go marching on
Rickie Lambert grabbed a second-half hat-trick as npower Championship leaders Southampton stretched their winning run at home to 20 consecutive matches with a 3-0 success.
Lambert opened the scoring with a fine header just after half-time and took his tally for the season to 14 with a brace of penalties.
Defeat capped a tough week for Brighton manager Gus Poyet after he waded into football's racism row.
In the first half Brighton defended with the same conviction with which Poyet had defended his fellow Uruguayan Luis Suarez.
But they fell apart after the interval and had Mauricio Taricco sent off for dissent in the aftermath of the first penalty decision.
These two south-coast sides have never been traditional foes, but there is now a distinct edge to proceedings after they were slugging it out at the top of League One last season.
Brighton won that particular race but Saints are out in front this time, having not failed to win on their own patch since losing to Manchester United in the FA Cup in January.
They almost took a third-minute lead when Guly Do Prado turned and shot inside the area but his effort struck Gordon Greer, and referee Peter Walton waved away appeals for handball.
Guly and Richard Chaplow then just failed to get on the end of clever flicks from Lambert, who also had a header kept out by Seagulls keeper Steve Harper.
Brighton threatened only sporadically in the first half with Lewis Dunk heading an early chance over the crossbar and Ryan Harley also firing too high.
But Saints finally found a way through the resolute Brighton rearguard four minutes after the interval.
Right-back Frazer Richardson cut inside and swung in a deep, left-footed cross to the far post where Lambert was lurking.
The big striker still had plenty to do but he rose above two Seagulls defenders and powered his header past Harper.
Walton was unmoved by another penalty appeal when Harper tripped Dean Hammond, but the referee did point to the spot in the 57th minute when Dunk brought down Jose Fonte.
Dunk was booked for the foul but Taricco's protests brought the 38-year-old Argentinian, Poyet's assistant manager, a straight red card.
Lambert was denied his hat-trick by the fingertips of Harper, but only briefly.
His moment came in the 69th minute, again from the spot after he was felled by Inigo Calderon.
He had two cracks at it after Walton ruled out his first effort, but stroked his second effort home to keep Saints five points clear at the top.
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