* Southampton secured a vital 1-0 win at Brighton
* Both sides struggled to create chances in the first half
* Pierre Hojbjerg put Southampton ahead in the 53rd minute
* Martin Montoya hit the woodwork for Brighton
* The win put Southampton 16th, five points above the drop zone
* Brighton travel to Chelsea next, Southampton host Liverpool
March 30 (Reuters) - Pierre Hojbjerg scored the goal as Southampton withstood a second-half onslaught from Brighton & Hove Albion to secure a vital 1-0 Premier League victory on Saturday.
The win put the relegation-threatened Saints level with Brighton on 33 points, five above the drop zone.
After a cagey first half, midfielder Hojbjerg gave his side the lead in the 53rd minute, winning the ball high up the pitch and finishing a quick counter-attack by flicking Nathan Redmond’s pass home with the outside of his right boot.
The goal prompted a barrage of balls into the box from the home side and Martin Montoya came closest to putting Brighton level, cutting inside and curling a powerful shot that thumped off the crossbar before bouncing to safety.
Brighton pushed Shane Duffy up front for the last few minutes but Brighton failed to get enough quality crosses in to the big Irish defender as Southampton hung on for their third win in their last four games.
Reporting by Philip O'Connor, editing by Ed Osmond