Ralph Hasenhuttl was delighted to see Saints secure a first win of the season but admitted that his team must be much better in the future.

Saints got over the line against Brighton at the Amex Stadium thanks to a Moussa Djenepo stunner less than two minutes after the £14m signing came off the bench and an injury time strike from Nathan Redmond.

But it was far from a convincing performance against a Seagulls side who played for an hour with ten men after the sending off of Florin Andone.

Hasenhuttl: said: “We are happy for these three points.

“We know that we can do it much better but as you know when you have two games and no points you are not full of self-confidence in that moment.

“It’s clear that we must do it much better.

“It’s not easy to find the right balance of playing forward and staying in possession and we did it not always very well. It was too hectic and the opposition get chances to score which you can avoid with more time on the ball.

“I think the red card was no question for me. It was clear and I am happy that Yan Valery was not injured because it looks really horrible.

“The change of the game happens with substitutes again. Moussa had a big impact, made it well and first touch a goal is unbelievable.

“Sofiane showed he can be a guy who create chances.

“In the end it was a hard fight against a team full of self-confidence after four points in two games and for us it’s important we made the first win.”

The game changed on the red card over which there was no dispute.

“I knew immediately that this can only be red and was very happy Yan was not injured,” admitted Hasenhuttl.

“Even then it’s not easy to get a good way back in the game.

“You have one more but after the red card we made one step less. That’s not possible. If you are one man more the intense pressing we played at first was gone suddenly and that’s what I didn’t like and at half time we try to tell them it’s important we stay intense but we did it not in a good way.”