Brighton wing-back Solly March said his side were the victims of the Premier League’s latest “random decision”

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Brighton wing-back Solly March said his side were the victims of the Premier League’s latest “random decision” as a video assistant referee-awarded penalty consigned them to defeat against Southampton.

The Seagulls looked on course for a point until March was penalised for a late foul on Southampton full-back Kyle Walker-Peters.

The Saints player’s momentum from the challenge outside the penalty area carried him forward as the players tangled and tumbled into the box. Referee David Coote initially awarded the visitors a free-kick but despite multiple camera angles appearing inconclusive his decision was overturned – allowing Danny Ings to score from the spot.

“It is just consistency, I don’t think there is any,” said March. “It is just random decisions that I don’t think the people who play football would give, but I don’t want to say much.”

In a statement the Professional Game Match Officials Limited (PGMOL) said the referee review area was not used in this case as it was a “factual decision”.

Previous Blackburn and Celtic forward Chris Sutton considered it a “offensive” choice on BBC Radio 5 Live.

Nonetheless, Seagulls supervisor Graham Potter made light of the episode in his post-coordinate remarks and Southampton chief Ralph Hasenhuttl said the match authorities had made a “moderately clear” choice.

Brighton had intrigued in the beginning phases of an engaging challenge and deservedly proceeded when Pascal Gross changed over a punishment after a handball from Saints chief James Ward-Prowse.

Ward-Prowse presented appropriate reparations with a pinpoint conveyance from a corner that saw Jannik Vestergaard level with a ground-breaking header into the upper left corner.

Ings, returning following a month out with a knee injury and on as half-time substitute, finished Southampton’s rebound to lift them up to fifth in the table. Brighton remain sixteenth.

Ings causes Saints to up-beat finish

While Hasenhuttl is a cultivated musician and has allegedly acted before his players, he will have been baffled by the off-tune indicating he saw from them during the main time frame.

Brighton’s high squeezing saw Saints hack up belonging economically on the edge of their own punishment zone on a few events.

Furthermore, as they battled to happen from the back there was a recognizable nonattendance of beat to their play.

At the point when Danish safeguard Vestergaard leveled the scores, he did as such with Southampton’s first exertion on track in the game.

In any case, the half-time presentation of Ings, on for Moussa Djenepo, aroused the guests and added some radiance to their assaulting play.

The England forward’s deft touch splendidly delivered Stuart Armstrong, as Theo Walcott went close with a twisting exertion from 20 yards.

His ball shuffling abilities and fast reasoning additionally furnished individual substitute Nathan Redmond with a sublime possibility and he provided the final blow from 12 yards, keeping his levelheadedness following an extensive deferral.

Unfortunate Brighton
One of the biggest criticisms levelled at Brighton is that they do not reap the rewards their fluent football deserves, particularly in attack.

Prior to kick-off only strugglers Sheffield United, Burnley and sixth-placed Manchester United had scored fewer goals at home than the Seagulls this term.

And that, plus another failing – their weakness defending set-pieces – ensured their winless start on their own patch continued.

Danny Welbeck, Lewis Dunk and Gross all had good opportunities to ensure Potter’s side went into the interval with a healthy lead.

Instead they found themselves level after allowing the tallest player on the pitch a free run to connect with Ward-Prowse’s corner.

Only Leicester (seven) have now conceded more set-piece goals (apart from penalties) in the Premier League this season than Brighton (six).

And while Aaron Connolly saw his close-range effort saved with the score at 1-1, the manner of their defeat appeared to add an element of misfortune to their own shortcomings.

‘It didn’t appear to be so clear and self-evident’s – what they said

Brighton supervisor Graham Potter, on the late punishment choice, addressing BBC Sport: “I think the main test is presumably fresh and whether there was another test inside the container that is the thing that they are attempting to work out.

“It didn’t appear to be so clear and self-evident. In the event that they feel that is the thing that it is, at that point we need to acknowledge it.

“The sense was it would have been fresh. Things shock you.”

Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhuttl, addressing BBC Sport: “With the ball I didn’t think we played our best game. It was tricky on the pitch, each player had issues. At that point it is a great deal of danger when you attempt to develop, make the passes on the ground.

“The group was likewise there, for the players a little however more pressure. In the end it was a splendid punishment by Danny Ings. A success like this last season, I don’t think we had a ton of. It’s acceptable to see.

“I didn’t see the main punishment. For the subsequent one, that is the reason we have VAR, particularly when it is about choices on the off chance that it is in or not, at that point you need this. I think it was clear inside the crate. It isn’t ideal to get a punishment against you yet the choice from what I have seen was generally clear.

“We have everyone fit now, we are going into an extremely tense time of the period and we need each player.”

Southampton end Monday-night Blues

Brighton have gone 10 Premier League games without a success at home (D4 L6), their longest run without a triumph on home soil in the group since a run of 12 in the fourth level, finishing off with February 1998.

Southampton won a Monday Premier League game without precedent for their previous 15 endeavors (D7 L7).

Just Chelsea (eight) have scored more Premier League objectives from set-piece circumstances (excl. pens) than Southampton this season (seven).

Pascal Gross has been straightforwardly associated with 31 Premier League objectives for Brighton, more than some other current player (14 objectives, 17 helps).

Southampton defender Jannik Vestergaard has netted three goals in his past seven Premier League appearances, after managing just one in his previous 45.
James Ward-Prowse registered his 25th Premier League assist for Southampton, a haul bettered by only three players (Le Tissier 63, Tadic 27, Dodd 26).
Danny Ings is the first Southampton player to score in four consecutive away Premier League appearances since Rickie Lambert in January 2013.
Solly March chalked up his 100th Premier League appearance for Brighton, just the fifth player to hit that milestone for the club (also Ryan, Dunk, Gross and Propper).
What’s next?
Brighton travel to Leicester for their next Premier League match on Sunday, 13 December (19:15 GMT).

Southampton host struggling Sheffield United earlier on the same day (12:00 GMT) in their next Premier League match.

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