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Brighton beat Southampton to ease Premier League relegation fears

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Leandro Trossard's second-half goal has given struggling Brighton a much-needed 2-1 win at Southampton in the Premier League.

The Seagulls were looking over their shoulders after three straight defeats and no wins in five meant they kicked off on Sunday level on points with resurgent Fulham in 18th.

But victory at St Mary's, their fifth away from home this season, gives Graham Potter's side some breathing space at the bottom and, importantly, sees them climb above Newcastle.

Lewis Dunk headed them ahead and, although Che Adams equalised for the home side with his third goal in three matches, Trossard conjured up a winner in the 56th minute.

Fraser Forster, preferred to Alex McCarthy in Southampton's goal, made a fine save to palm a fierce Neal Maupay drive over the crossbar but the Scottish keeper was beaten from the resulting corner in the 16th minute by centre-half Dunk's towering header.

However, Saints pulled themselves level inthe 27th when Dunk could only help Bertrand's header into the path of Adams, who was lurking alone at the far post to volley home.

Brighton managed to register a second goal in a Premier League match for the first time since the turn of the year with Trossard's stylish strike.

Former Saints midfielder Adam Lallana picked out Danny Welbeck, who pinged a first-time lay-off straight into the path of the Belgian winger.

Trossard barely had to break stride as he scythed through the Southampton backline and crashed his shot home to consign the Saints to their 10th defeat in their last 12 matches.

Source AAP