Report: Burnley 1-1 Saints

By SFC Media Sat 02 Feb Burnley v Saints
Photo by Matt Watson | Southampton FC
Sat 02 Feb 3PM
Premier League
Burnley
1
Southampton
1
Barnes [90+4']
Redmond [55']
Barnes (33') Bardsley (35') Mee (84')
Targett (89')
Referee: Anthony Taylor | Venue: Turf Moor | Attendance: 19,787

Saints were denied by a last-gasp Ashley Barnes penalty as they were held to a 1-1 draw by Burnley at Turf Moor in the Premier League.

Saints had earned seven points from their last three away league, with two wins and a draw - as many as they had in their previous 10 on the road, and after rallying to earn a draw against Crystal Palace on Wednesday looked to have won the game courtesy of Nathan Redmond’s sixth goal of the season.

In a fixture that rarely produces a flurry of goals, it was Redmond’s effort from outside the box on 55 minutes that almost proved so decisive, but Peter Crouch's header down on to Jack Stephens' arm meant Barnes levelled things deep into stoppage time to keep both sides' unbeaten runs in the Premier League in tact.

Ralph Hasenhüttl made two changes to the side that drew 1-1 at home to Crystal Palace, with 19-year-old midfielder Callum Slattery handed a full Premier League debut, while Stuart Armstrong also came in, with Yan Valery and Pierre-Emile Højbjerg making way.

Saints settled quicker than their hosts and the first real chance of note came the way of Danny Ings. Matt Targett’s wonderful, arching pass from the left found the former Burnley man in behind Ben Mee, but Tom Heaton came out and stood tall to thwart the danger.

Danny Ings is denied by Tom Heaton (Photo: Matt Watson)

The visitors continued to look the more likely to break the deadlock, with James Ward-Prowse’s delivery from the right almost finding Targett on the stretch, shortly before Nathan Redmond dinked the ball into Slattery, who couldn’t get enough on his header to put it back into a dangerous area.

Sean Dyche’s side had won their last three Premier League home games though and began to edge their way back into proceedings. The lively Dwight McNeil’s in-swinging corner was headed down by Mee into Ashley Barnes who was denied on the swivel by a brave Jannik Vestergaard block.

Hasenhüttl was forced into a change just before the half hour mark when Ings was withdrawn due to injury and Shane Long thrust into the action early.

On 30, Chris Wood had a golden chance to put the hosts in front. Armstrong’s loose pass was taken on by McNeil, who slid the ball down the left for the New Zealand international and he came back across his marker before looking to curl the ball into the far corner whilst teammates waited for a cut back.

And the biggest talking point of the first-half was to arrive three minutes later. Barnes took down a raking pass over the top superbly, knocking the ball past and onrushing Alex McCarthy and seemingly being upended.

However, referee Anthony Taylor, who initially looked poised to point to the spot, took advice from assistant Adam Nunn and showed the Clarets striker a yellow card for going down too easily, much to his fury.

After the break, Saints could have gone ahead when Targett’s corner was inadvertently sent towards his own goal by Wood, only for Phil Bardsley to clear the ball off the line.

The full-back was involved again for the next opening, as he crossed from the left towards Ward-Prowse, who adjusted his position and sent a header that looked to be creeping but for a smart save from Heaton.

It seemed like a goal was imminent and when Redmond picked up possession in a pocket of space from Jan Bednarek, he had one thought in his mind.

Driving forward, he skipped past former Saint Jack Cork and unleashed a superb drive inside the keeper’s right-hand post and left Heaton with no chance.

Nathan Redmond watches his strike fly past Heaton (Photo: Matt Watson)

With 15 minutes to go, Burnley introduced deadline day signing Crouch for Wood as they searched for a late leveller.

Belief began to sweep around Turf Moor and Crouch almost had an instant impact when he competed with Bednarek in the air. Stephens cleared the ball off the Pole and it broke to Barnes, who was denied by McCarthy.

The hosts continued to probe and it became increasingly unlikely that it was to be Barnes’ day. Taylor’s deep, angled delivery was helped on by Gudmundsson and his instinctive volley struck the woodwork.

However, their persistence paid off when Westwood's ball into Crouch saw the former Stoke man head the ball on to Stephens' raised arm and Barnes duly obliged from the spot to make it a point apiece.

Burnley

Head to Head Stats

Southampton
  • Possession (%)
    54
    46
  • Shots
    15
    10
  • Shots on target
    6
    4
  • Corners
    4
    2
  • Passes Complete
    315
    268

Burnley

1
Tom Heaton (GK) (C)
5
James Tarkowski
6
Ben Mee
3
Charlie Taylor
26
Phil Bardsley
13
Jeff Hendrick
Johann Gudmundsson (58′)
4
Jack Cork
31
Dwight McNeil
Robbie Brady (81′)
18
Ashley Westwood
10
Ashley Barnes
11
Chris Wood
Peter Crouch (76′)
23
Stephen Ward
14
Ben Gibson
15
Peter Crouch
7
Johann Gudmundsson
20
Joe Hart
12
Robbie Brady
27
Matej Vydra

Southampton

1
Alex McCarthy (GK)
4
Jannik Vestergaard
35
Jan Bednarek
5
Jack Stephens
33
Matt Targett
55
Callum Slattery
14
Oriol Romeu (C)
17
Stuart Armstrong
Yan Valery (77′)
16
James Ward-Prowse
9
Danny Ings
Shane Long (27′)
22
Nathan Redmond
Charlie Austin (87′)
32
Alfie Jones
43
Yan Valery
10
Charlie Austin
7
Shane Long
39
Josh Sims
28
Angus Gunn
11
Mohamed Elyounoussi
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