Report: Southampton 3-1 Burnley

By Simon Williams Sun 16 Oct Saints vs Burnley
Sun 16 Oct 4.00PM
Premier League
Southampton
3
Burnley
1
Austin [52' 66'] Redmond [60']
Vokes [72']
Tadic (49')
Defour (30') Marney (68')
Referee: Mike Dean | Venue: St Mary's Stadium | Attendance: 29,040

Former Burnley striker Charlie Austin struck twice and Nathan Redmond the other as Southampton beat the Clarets 3-1 at St Mary’s.

All four of the game’s goals arrived in an action packed second half which saw Claude Puel’s men race into a 3-0 lead before Sam Vokes pulled a goal back from the penalty spot on 72 minutes.

Austin struck the first of his efforts to put the hosts in front just after half time when he reacted quickest to stab the ball home from close range. He went on to make it seven goals in six games from the penalty spot, with Redmond contributing his second of the season with a drilled shot in between those efforts.

The result saw Saints stretch their unbeaten run to seven games in all competitions, though the goal against them unfortunately punctured a successful run of clean sheets in that time too. 

Puel made three changes from the team that drew at Leicester City a fortnight ago, with Cuco Martina, Matt Targett and Jordy Clasie all coming into the side.

Visitors Burnley were unchanged from the team that lost with the last kick of the game to Arsenal just before the international break.

The visitors got the game under way in their changed strip of sky blue, but goalkeeper Tom Heaton was soon called into action as Saints made a flying start to the game.

Heaton’s heroics came in the fifth minute as former Clarets striker Charlie Austin headed Matt Targett’s deep cross towards the bottom right corner, and the shot stopper made a fine low save to push the effort round the post.

Austin has an early header saved by Heaton.

Minutes later Tadić had a low shot saved after further good approach play from Puel’s side, who were then forced into a change on 14 minutes when Targett left the action through injury.

Targett was replaced by another academy product as Sam McQueen was introduced to the action for his first Premier League appearance at left back.

Burnley grew into the game with Vokes firing wide at the near post from Stephen Ward’s cross into the area, but Heaton was called into action again before the half hour when he blocked Tadić’s shot in a one-on-one situation.

Austin struck an effort wide from another swift break forward before Heaton made a good stop again at his near post to deny Redmond from close range.

Burnley were forced into a change of their own before half time when Steven Defour pulled up injured after outsprinting Austin to the ball.

From Redmond’s trickery and shot, Austin was presented with another opportunity inside the six yard box, but he couldn’t get the ball under control as it ran out of play, to ensure it remained goalless at the break.

Sam McQueen in action on his Premier League debut for Southampton.

The first chance of the second half fell to Sam Vokes inside the Saints area, but Austin got across in time to put a block on the striker’s shot.

Austin then earned his reward at the other end when he put the hosts in front. The striker was afforded two bites of the cherry from Van Dijk’s header across goal to turn the ball in at the near post, which gave Saints a deserved lead on the balance of play.

A neat move involving McQueen saw him touch the ball into Redmond who squared it for Tadić and the Serbian brought a fine one-handed save from Heaton to force a corner.

And, from the resulting set-piece Redmond crashed home a fine low shot from Davis’s corner to give the hosts some breathing space on 61 minutes.

Four minutes later, McQueen was upended by Gudmundsson inside the area as the youngster got on the end of Tadić’s clever through ball. Austin took responsibility from the spot and sent Heaton the wrong way for 3-0.

Austin made way for fellow former Burnley man Jay Rodriguez as the clock ticked into the last 20 minutes, with the substitute making his first appearance since the Europa League game against Sparta Praha.

Burnley were then dramatically awarded a penalty when Tadić was judged to have blocked Ben Mee inside the area. Vokes stepped up to send Forster the wrong way from 12 yards to reduce the deficit.

Steven Davis went close to adding his name to the scoresheet with a low shot inside the last ten minutes, while substitute James Ward-Prowse and Tadić were also denied as Saints ended the game strongly to seal their win.

Southampton

Head to Head Stats

Burnley
  • Possession (%)
    65
    35
  • Shots
    34
    6
  • Shots on target
    14
    1
  • Corners
    8
    4
  • Passes Complete
    469
    211

Southampton

1
Fraser Forster (GK)
33
Matt Targett
Sam McQueen (14′)
6
José Fonte (C)
15
Cuco Martina
17
Virgil van Dijk
11
Dusan Tadic
14
Oriol Romeu
4
Jordy Clasie
8
Steven Davis
10
Charlie Austin
Jay Rodriguez (71′)
22
Nathan Redmond
James Ward-Prowse (88′)
7
Shane Long
9
Jay Rodriguez
13
Alex McCarthy
3
Maya Yoshida
16
James Ward-Prowse
23
Pierre-Emile Højbjerg
38
Sam McQueen

Burnley

1
Tom Heaton (GK) (C)
23
Stephen Ward
6
Ben Mee
2
Matthew Lowton
5
Michael Keane
13
Jeff Hendrick
8
Dean Marney
21
George Boyd
Patrick Bamford (81′)
25
Johann Berg Gudmundsson
Michael Kightly (70′)
16
Steven Defour
Aiden O'Neill (41′)
9
Sam Vokes
15
Patrick Bamford
26
James Tarkowski
37
Scott Arfield
17
Paul Robinson
41
Aiden O'Neill
11
Michael Kightly
4
Jon Flanagan
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