Southampton get off the mark with 2-0 win over 10-man Brighton

Southampton’s Moussa Djenepo struck within two minutes of arriving as a substitute. (Reuters pic)

BENGALURU: Southampton collected their first Premier League points of the season with a 2-0 victory over 10-man Brighton & Hove Albion, courtesy of second-half goals from new signing Moussa Djenepo and Nathan Redmond, at the Amex Stadium on Saturday.

Brighton started on the front foot with forward Neal Maupay creating the early chances but the hosts suffered a blow on the half-hour mark when Florin Andone was shown a straight red card for a horrific tackle on Southampton Yan Valery’s knee.

Reduced to 10 men, Brighton thought they had taken a surprise lead with centre back Lewis Dunk heading home from a corner but the goal was swiftly chalked off for offside after a VAR review.

Southampton were more aggressive after the interval and they were rewarded when Djenepo, signed for a reported £14 million (US$17.2 million) from Standard Liege, curled a rasping shot past Brighton goalkeeper Mat Ryan.

Manager Graham Potter introduced striker Glen Murray late in the contest as Brighton tried to avoid their first league defeat of the new season.

But it was Southampton midfielder Redmond who slotted home from close range to seal the points for the visitors in injury time.