BOSS Chris Hughton is relieved Albion have ended their away goal drought in the Premier League.

But he was disappointed with the manner of Southampton's equaliser in last night's 1-1 draw at St Mary's.

Glenn Murray's early penalty after Solly March was brought down by Wesley Hoedt ended a famine stretching back ten hours and 15 minutes to the goalscorer's winner at Swansea in November.

Hughton told The Argus: "We can't just rely on picking up points at home to enable us to be where we want to be. We are going to have to pick up points away from home and for that to happen you have either got to keep a clean sheet or score goals.

"So I'm pleased with that one. We posed a threat, just probably lacked that little bit of guile and quality in the final third. I am certainly encouraged away from home. I know Southampton have had a difficult time, but it's still a very difficult place to come."

Jack Stephens back-heeled in a free-kick from James Ward-Prowse after the break as Southampton's run without a win stretched to 12 games, equalling their worst sequence in the Premier League dating back to 1994-95.

Hughton said: "I was disappointed with the goal we conceded. I thought it was a very soft goal, particularly for a team that I thought defended resolutely right through the 90 minutes.

"They have good players and can pose a real threat. I thought we coped with it very well. That being the case it was a soft goal to concede and probably the most disappointing thing of the evening."

Albion have moved up a place to 15th while Southampton remain in the relegation zone. A point divides Swansea in 19th from Newcastle in 14th.

Hughton said; "I expect it to go on for a little bit longer. There are a lot of competitive teams desperate to not be in that bottom three."

Leo Ulloa came off the bench late-on after returning to the Seagulls on loan from Leicester.

Hughton is aiming for record signing Jurgen Locadia to play a part in the next away game at Stoke, which follows Saturday's key clash against West Ham at the Amex.