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Southampton: Kyle Walker-Peters impresses in Brighton draw

Southampton clawed their way from 2-0 down to a 2-2 draw against fellow south coast outfit Brighton at the AMEX Stadium in the Premier League this afternoon.

An early Danny Welbeck goal and an own goal from Saints defender Mohamed Salisu in the first half put Ralph Hasenhuttl’s men in a precarious position.

What made it worse was the injury to 19-year-old right-back Tino Livramento, who was stretchered off and could well have damaged his ACL.

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However, two goals either side of half time from Saints skipper James Ward-Prowse, the first a free-kick and the second a fierce strike from 20 yards, ensured the visitors came away with a point.

Naturally, the 27-year-old will receive the plaudits for his brace today, however, full-back Kyle Walker-Peters impressed once again in Sussex.

Having started the match at left-back, the versatile Englishman was pushed into his favoured position of right-back after Livramento’s withdrawal, with Romain Perraud taking his place on the left-hand side of the defence.

Previoulsy labelled as “fantastic” by former Spurs teammate Dele Alli, the 25-year-old won 78% of his duels against the Seagulls as well as making two clearances and three interceptions and tackles in a solid display from the full-back.

Moreover, Walker-Peters’ passing was on point, completing 81% whilst also having 59 touches and completing 100% of his dribbles.

Having been staring at a potential seventh defeat in nine matches, the Englishman and his Southampton teammates turned the tide on the south coast and ensured that they came away with some sort of result.

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Hasenhuttl’s side have certainly been a frustrating watch for supporters of late, with the Saints flying in early March with a top-half finish well in their reach whilst also making the quarter-finals of the FA Cup.

Now, the Austrian’s team sit 13th in the Premier League table with some sides below having two games in hand.

With safety confirmed, it seems as though Southampton have lost focus, something that happened last season which saw Hasenhuttl come under fire.

The same could’ve certainly happened post-match today had the Saints lost, especially after Thursday evening’s dismal display in the 2-0 defeat to Burnley.

However, Walker-Peters’ efforts, as well as the crucial goals from Ward-Prowse, saved the day for Hasenhuttl and co.

AND in other news: Forget Broja: Ralph must unleash 17-y/o Saints prodigy who “leads the line very well”

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