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Mount secures the point but the winning streak ends

A second-half penalty from Mason Mount secured a 1-1 draw for Chelsea at Southampton on Saturday.

Saints took the lead with their first shot of the game at St Mary’s Stadium, with Takumi Minamino becoming the first opposition player to score against Chelsea under Thomas Tuchel in the 33rd minute.

Mount won and converted a second-half spot-kick to four Premier League goals for the season – all of which came on Chelsea’s trips – as the Blues moved into the top four.

Jannik Vestergaard hit the woodwork with a header but Southampton at least ended their six-game losing streak, with a healthy 11-point gap over the last three.

Many of Chelsea’s early attacks came through Marcos Alonso, who scuffed a volley wide from a good position after being picked off by Reece James.

The visitors enjoyed 73 per cent of the ball in the first half hour, but their only attempt on target was a speculative strike from Antonio Rudiger which was easily saved by Alex McCarthy.

Southampton then took the lead with their first chance of the match, Minamino sitting down goalkeeper Edouard Mendy and covering Cesar Azpilicueta before slotting the ball in after Nathan Redmond’s pass split the defence.

Saints held Chelsea well until the 54th minute, when Mount converted from the spot after Danny Ings’ reckless lunge knocked him down in the penalty area.

Ralph Hasenhuttl’s men reacted well on goal and nearly came back in front when Vestergaard’s leaning header landed on the crossbar, Mendy beaten.

Mount and Callum Hudson-Odoi threatened late, but Chelsea ended the half with a single shot on target at the end of a somewhat brutal attacking display.

What does it mean? The Blues in the top four but the winning streak ends

Chelsea were on a five-game winning streak under Tuchel in all competitions but not all of them have been straightforward and they are yet to score more than twice in a game under the German.

They were mostly frustrated with a resolute Southampton here, which ended their six-game losing streak in the top flight.

They are 13th, while Chelsea move one point above West Ham and move up to fourth, having played one game more.

Jannik on her Gaard

Southampton’s losing run and Manchester United’s 9-0 obliteration had raised many concerns about the state of their defence.

They were much stronger and better organized here, with Vestergaard immaculate, making seven clearances, four interceptions and regaining possession eight times.

ings can only get better

Ings has the best minutes-to-goal ratio of any Southampton striker with at least 15 Premier League goals, averaging one every 161 minutes before this game.

However, with rare chances, he offered few outlets for the Saints defence, touching the ball just 29 times and conceding the penalty with a reckless tackle.

And after?

Chelsea’s attention now turns to Tuesday’s Champions League trip to Atletico Madrid. The Saints are in league action on the same day at Leeds United.