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PREVIEW: Burnley v Southampton

Tale of the tape as the Clarets return to Turf Moor to face the Saints

2 February 2019

The in-form Clarets return to Turf Moor to launch another run of key games.

Saturday’s sides are locked together on 23 points each – four points clear of the Premier League’s relegation places – with Southampton one place better off than Burnley thanks to a superior goal difference.

That demonstrates the importance of the game, while the Clarets also have to face Brighton and Newcastle United, both within touching distance, in two of their following three fixtures.

It will be a ‘one-game-at-a-time mantra’, however, from Burnley boss Sean Dyche, who has side back in the groove and unbeaten in five Premier League games.

The Clarets have drawn their last two away from home, including Tuesday night’s trip to Old Trafford, where Manchester United struck twice late on to deny Burnley a famous win.

Despite that disappointment, the display from Dyche’s side was as impressive as anything they have produced on the road this season.

And the boss is looking for a repeat to see off a Southampton team looking to steer clear of trouble under recently appointed manager Ralph Hasenhuttl and who entertain bottom-three sides Cardiff City and Fulham in two of their next three games.

“We are planning on delivering another good performance,” said Dyche.

“We are always aware of the opposition – you have to be – and they’ve had a good uplift since the new manager.

“But equally the focus on ourselves we have shown about performances is paying us back.

“We have to keep pushing our standards and keep delivering performances and then we have shown we have taken care of ourselves.”

Team news

New Burnley signing Peter Crouch could have a part to play against one of his former clubs.

The former England striker is match-fit and raring to go and may earn a place in the Clarets’ squad as the replacement for the departed Sam Vokes.

Winger Robbie Brady may also return after missing the mid-week trip to former club Manchester United with a groin problem.

But midfielder Steven Defour and defender Matt Lowton are not expected to return.

The Saints have no fresh injury worries, but remain without Ryan Bertrand, Mario Lemina and Michael Obafemi.

Former Clarets striker Charlie Austin stayed put at St Mary’s ahead of the transfer deadline but remains a doubt with an ankle problem.

Another former Burnley man, Danny Ings, will lead the visitors’ attack.

Form Guide

The Clarets extended their unbeaten Premier League run to five games in mid-week and return to Turf Moor looking for a third successive home league win and a fourth in five games.

Southampton appointed Austrian Ralph Hasenhuttl as manager in early December after sacking Mark Hughes with his side in the bottom three.

Since then, the Saints have won four times and lost just three times in the Premier League under the former RB Leipzig boss.

His only away defeat came at Cardiff in his opening game.

The two sides drew 0-0 at St Mary’s on the opening weekend of the season.

Opposition camp

Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhuttl: “We know Burnley played a good game against Man United and nearly won.

“It’s the same against Burnley as it was against Crystal Palace – an opponent in our relegation battle who are fighting for every point.

“At the moment, the teams in this zone have a great mentality, because they know how important it is to take points, especially in these duels against opponents in their area.

“The game on Saturday and against Cardiff will be the toughest games for us.

"It's more important that we go unbeaten against these types of opponents."

Match stats

If Burnley avoid defeat, they will equal the club record run of six Premier League games unbeaten.

The Clarets are unbeaten in five home league games against Southampton.

The Saints have won just one of their nine top-flight fixtures at Turf Moor.

Only Manchester United have a longer current unbeaten run in the Premier League than the Clarets.

Southampton have lost 15 points from a winning position this season - a figure matched only by Fulham. 

Referee

Anthony Taylor

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Burnley 1 Southampton 1

Ashley Barnes saves a point as Clarets finally get their spot-kick

2 February 2019

The Clarets extended their unbeaten run to six Premier League games with an injury-time equaliser on an afternoon of penalty drama at Turf Moor.

It looked as though Southampton would leave with a vital three points in the battle just above the bottom three after the Clarets were controversially denied a first-half spot-kick and Nathan Redmond put the visitors ahead 11 minutes after the break.

To add insult to injury Ashley Barnes was booked for diving for the incident which saw him floored by Saints’ keeper Alex McCarthy.

But in stoppage-time the Clarets were finally awarded a first penalty in 68 Premier League games when defender Jack Stephens blocked a header from Peter Crouch, who made a big impact as a substitute on his debut.

Barnes took responsibility and coolly slotted home the equaliser as he became the first Burnley player since the departed Sam Vokes at Everton in April, 2017 to score from the spot in a top-tier fixture.

And it was no more than the Clarets deserved from a storming late fightback as they peppered the Southampton penalty area to ease some of the pain of being on the end of a last-ditch leveler at Manchester United in mid-week.

With new signing Crouch starting on the bench – alongside the fit-again Robbie Brady – the Clarets were again unchanged following their draw at Old Trafford.

Southampton included Danny Ings as the on-loan striker returned to face his former club for the first time, his previous trip back to Turf Moor seeing him sit on the Liverpool bench.

His afternoon was sadly to last no more than 27 minutes as he succumbed to another injury problem, but by then he should have put the Saints ahead.

In a decent start from the visitors, Matt Targett curled a lovely ball in behind the Clarets’ back line but Ings was unable to beat Tom Heaton, who stood tall to make a crucial block.

It took the best part of half an hour for the Clarets to start to pose a sustained threat, but they could then have led in a controversial finish to the opening half.

There had been a chance for Chris Wood, who turned smartly inside Stephens before lifting his effort over the bar and Barnes and Jack Cork had efforts blocked following Burnley’s first corner of the afternoon.

But the major talking point came 12 minutes before the break when the Clarets were again denied a penalty and Barnes was booked for diving.

The striker’s touch from a long ball forward from Phil Bardsley had taken the ball away from goalkeeper Alex McCarthy.

The keeper’s momentum that carried him into Barnes, who was upended.

But rather than point to the spot and end the long wait for a penalty, referee Anthony Taylor penalised Barnes for simulation.

Taylor, having failed to book Southampton midfielder Callum Slattery for catching Charlie Taylor with a late challenge in the aftermath of Ings’ chance, then cautioned Bardsley as a sense of injustice pervaded Turf Moor.

And with the Clarets seemingly knocked out of their stride, it was no surprise when Southampton went ahead 10 minutes into the second half.

James Ward-Prowse had seen one header well saved by Heaton, but the Clarets’ skipper was beaten when Redmond, seemingly revitalised by the arrival of Ralph Hasenhuttl as manager, ran at the Burnley defence before firing into the bottom corner from 25 yards.

Dyche almost immediately sent on winger Johann Berg Gudmundsson to increase the Clarets’ attacking options and from the Icelander’s corner, James Tarkowski connected with a header which McCarthy had to palm away.

The Clarets tried to wind it up as they forced Southampton back and with 15 minutes to go, Crouch was sent for his debut.

And the former England man made an instant impact, causing confusion in the visitors’ penalty area from Bardsley’s ball in to help make an opening for Barnes, who was denied by a fine block from McCarthy.

Burnley were virtually camped in the Saints’ half and with eight minutes to go were only inches away from an equaliser, with Barnes again the central character.

A cross from Taylor was headed down by Gudmundsson and Barnes connected superbly with a volley which crashed against the bar.

Southampton’s only away defeat since Hasenhuttl took over in December came in the Austrian’s first game in charge and they were determined not to let that record go with some disciplined defending.

But the Clarets’ pressure finally paid off deep into four minutes into added time when Crouch punished one of his former clubs, forcing the penalty which Barnes gleefully tucked away to keep Burnley's momentum going.

Burnley: Heaton; Bardsley, Tarkowski, Mee, Taylor; Hendrick (Gudmundsson 59), Westwood, Cork, McNeil (Brady 81); Wood (Crouch 76), Barnes. Substitutes: Hart, Gibson, Ward, Vydra.

Booked: Barnes, Bardsley

Southampton: McCarthy; Bednarek, Stephens, Vestergaard; Romeu; Ward-Prowse, Slattery, Armstrong (Valery 77), Targett; Ings (Long 27), Redmond (Austin 87). Substitutes: Gunn, Elyounoussi, Jones, Sims.

Booked: Targett

Referee: Anthony Taylor

Attendance: 19,787

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