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Brighton and Hove Albion head coach Graham Potter credited Ralph Hasenhuttl's work on installing an identity at Southampton before the two sides meet on Saturday.
The Seagulls rescued a late point at West Ham, courtesy of Neal Maupay's late acrobatics, though they are now winless in nine Premier League games.
That lean spell has seen them drop to ninth, but Potter's focus was on his opposite number as he addressed his pre-match news conference on Friday.
"I like Southampton, I like what they do – there's a real clarity there. You can see what they're trying to do," Potter said. "I'm really impressed with their build up and how they get to the final third and I'm sure they will get better and better as they adjust to each other as obviously Danny Ings has moved on.
"Their identity in terms of how they defend and How they press is always clear and good and it's always a tough game. Both teams have had a busy schedule and we're looking to it."
The Saints also earned a point in midweek at home to Leicester City to end a poor run of form, which has left them just five points above the relegation zone.
Hasenhuttl, though, reassured that recent performances have not been as bad as they suggest.
"This is a little bit of a thing that we have to stop - that we're conceding too easy goals. This isn't working when you want to win games," he said.
"The three wins we took was 1-0 and a clean sheet, so come back to this way of defending. But also from the offence, from all the chances we create, we need to be more clinical, cooler in decisions in the right moments. This is more the topic we were speaking about - trying to turn things around and the Leicester game was a good step."
Southampton – Jan Bednarek
Bednarek has scored in four Premier League games, all at St Mary's, and never ended on the winning side (D1 L3), despite scoring in each match to either give Saints the lead or when they were ahead. Only Dougie Freedman has scored in more home games in Premier League history and never ended on the winning side (six games in 1998-99 for Nottingham Forest).
Brighton and Hove Albion – Lewis Dunk
Dunk was utterly dominant against West Ham, enjoying a game-high 93 touches while contesting for a game-leading 13 duels, which he won over 80 per cent of.
Southampton have lost just two of their last 12 home Premier League matches (W5 D5), having lost four of their previous five before this run (D1).
No side has won more points from losing positions in away Premier League matches this season than Brighton (6, level with West Ham). Three of their last five away goals have been scored in the 89th minute or later, altering the result of each match: Leandro Trossard's 90th minute winner vs Brentford and two Neal Maupay equalisers in 1-1 draws against Crystal Palace (90th minute) and West Ham (89th minute).
Nathan Redmond has assisted in his last three home Premier League appearances – no player has ever assisted in four consecutive home matches for Southampton, while the last player to assist in four home appearances in a row for any side in the Premier League was Kevin De Bruyne in October 2019.
Following their 2-1 win in this exact fixture last season, Brighton are looking to win consecutive away league games against Southampton for the very first time.
The home side have never won in eight Premier League meetings between Southampton and Brighton (D4 L4). Only Bournemouth vs Watford (10) has been played more often in the competition without the home side ever winning.
Updated December 3, 2021