LONDON: Goals from James Ward-Prowse and Che Adams gave Southampton a long-awaited and much-needed 2-0 victory over relegation-bound Sheffield United in the Premier League.
A first win in 10 matches stopped Saints’ alarming slide and moved them 10 points clear of the bottom three, but the rock-bottom Blades look more unlikely by the week to pull off the greatest of escapes.
The 2-0 defeat leaves Chris Wilder’s side 12 points adrift of safety with just 10 matches remaining to save themselves.
It was an all so familiar story for the Blades – playing well, making chances, but shooting themselves in the foot at the other end with poor defending and individual mistakes.
They were given a boost after 12 minutes when Danny Ings went down injured off the ball and had to be replaced by former Blade Adams.
It was a blow for Southampton but they would have taken the lead shortly afterwards had Nathan Tella showed a little more composure in front of goal, slicing his first-time shot well wide when goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale was out of position.
Leicester ended their winless Premier League run as Daniel Amartey’s late goal saw them come from behind to beat Brighton 2-1.
The Foxes were looking to avoid making it four games without a win but went behind in the 10th minute through Adam Lallana’s first goal for the Seagulls.
Neal Maupay saw a second chalked off for offside and Leicester improved in the second half, with Kelechi Iheanacho finishing off Youri Tielemans’ fine pass to equalise.
The points looked set to be shared until the 87th minute, when goalkeeper Robert Sanchez came for a corner, completely missed it and Amartey nodded in.
The result lifted Leicester above Manchester United, at least until the derby against Premier League leaders City on Sunday.
Romain Saiss’ extraordinary miss forced Wolves to settle for a goalless derby draw at Aston Villa.
The defender fired over an open goal from a yard out after Conor Coady hit the post.
Emi Martinez also denied Coady in the second half at Villa Park as the hosts drew just their fourth game of the Premier League season.
Ollie Watkins and Ezri Konsa hit the woodwork for Villa during a dominant first half but they lost their way after the break and relied on Saiss’ howler to claim a point.
It kept Villa ninth in the Premier League, while Wolves remain 12th with both sides now in danger of seeing their seasons fade away in the final 10 games.
Defeat at Sheffield United in midweek dented Villa’s surprise European hopes and they tried to recover quickly.
Watkins had already hit the woodwork more times than any player in the top flight this season and he struck it for a seventh time when his 25-yard rocket rattled the crossbar after four minutes.