Mark Hughes hits out at decision for Brighton's late penalty

Mark Hughes. Picture by PW Sporting Photography
Mark Hughes. Picture by PW Sporting Photography

Southampton boss Mark Hughes criticised the decision by referee Anthony Taylor to award Brighton a late penalty last night.

Glenn Murray scored in the final minute from the spot to secure a point for Albion, after they had trailed 2-0 at St Mary's in the Premier League clash.

Goals from Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg and Danny Ings had put Saints in control, before Shane Duffy headed home Anthony Knockaert's free kick and then Duffy was fouled by James Ward-Prowse late on, which resulted in Murray making it 2-2.

Hughes said afterwards: "We're disappointed with the award of the penalty.

"I don't think there was too much contact and I think the guy has thrown himself to the floor.

"The referee has deemed that worthy of a penalty.

"Clearly they were going to throw balls into our box and hope something broke for them.

"Credit to them. They had a real go in the second half and they had to. They had nothing to lose and were taking chances and they got their reward."