Southampton somehow snatched a draw from the jaws of victory, thanks in no small part to Brighton’s Shane Duffy.
Mark Hughes’ side were two goals to the good after 65 minutes on Monday night at St. Mary’s, but up stepped the Irishman. Duffy snatched a goal for Brighton just minutes after Danny Ings’ penalty with one of his patented game-changing headers.
Just before added time, the defender was shoved over in the opposition box by James Ward-Prowse, earning a penalty in the process. Glenn Murray dispatched it for his fourth league goal of the season to hand manager Chris Hughton a late point.
An understandably frustrated Mark Hughes decided to bemoan what he deemed a ‘soft’ penalty, chiding Duffy for what he perceived to be going down too easily.
“As always, I question the penalty decision because I thought it was a little bit soft,” he told Sky Sports. “I don’t think there was too much contact and I think the guy has thrown himself to the floor.”
In the BBC Sport interview, he had further criticism for the 26-year-old.
“We’re disappointed with the award of the penalty. Shane Duffy is a big lad — about six-foot five — and he’s gone down easily under an innocuous challenge. They will look for anything they can get and the referee’s bought that.”
Southampton and Brighton are 13th and 14th in the Premier League table respectively, on five points each after five games.