Southampton 3 Burnley 1SAM Vokes scored Burnley’s first Premier League away goal of the season, but it was not enough to avoid defeat at Southampton.
Former Clarets striker Charlie Austin once again proved to be a thorn in his old club’s side, scoring twice in a 3-1 win for Saints.
Charlie Austin acknowledges Clarets fans at full time
But, while Burnley were offered hope of a comeback from the penalty spot in the last 20 minutes, they will rue being denied a first half penalty when the game was goalless.
Tom Heaton was the star man in the opening 45 minutes, pulling off some stunning saves - the best of which was from a downwards Austin header in the fifth minute.
Burnley grew into the game and went close through Vokes before a trip by Virgil van Dijk on Johann Berg Gudmundsson went unpunished.
It was a talking point of a first half that had offered promise for the Clarets, despite Heaton having to be at his best.
But Saints ran away with the game once Austin had broken the deadlock from a 52nd minute corner.
It was a scrambled effort by the striker, but Burnley were again undone at a set piece on the hour, when Nathan Redmond drilled in at the far post.
Austin made it 3-0 from the spot, after Gudmundsson tripped Sam McQueen.
Southampton had gone over 10 hours without conceding, in all competitions, but Vokes brought that run to an end from the spot, after Dusan Tadic fouled Mee in the box.
But the Clarets were unable to add to it against the resilient Saints, and suffered a third away Premier League defeat.
Heaton set the tone for an exceptional performance with his early save from Austin.
The former Burnley striker beat Mee to Matt Targett’s left wing cross, and thought he had done enough to score. But Heaton pulled off an outstanding save, diving low to his left to claw the ball round the post.
Burnley grew into the game but had to be patient for their first chance, turned wide by Vokes as he competed to get on the end of Stephen Ward’s cross at the near left post.
Southampton had earlier been forced into a change when Sam McQueen replaced the injured Targett for his Premier League debut.
But it did not impact on their service from the left and Michael Keane did well to cut out a cross for Austin.
Tadic then looked to have an influence for the home side, but again Heaton was a match for it.
First the Serbian burst onto Fraser Forster’s long kick but Heaton stayed big to make the block, then he spotted the run of Austin, but the striker rushed his chance and fluffed it.
The chances came either side of Gudmundsson’s failed penalty appeals and Burnley went into the break looking confident and comfortable at 0-0.
But it was hard to find a way back after conceding twice from corners in the space of eight minutes.
Austin poked in the first, after Vokes had made an initial block on the line.
Redmond’s finish for the second was more spectacular, drilling in at the far right post, after Heaton had tipped over from Tadic to concede the set piece.
Austin made no mistake from the spot to put the game to bed in the 66th minute.
Vokes scored his second of the season, drilling low down the middle from the spot after Tadic fouled Mee.
Former Clarets striker Jay Rodriguez, a 70th minute replacement for Austin, almost scored against his boyhood club, but was denied by another excellent Heaton save.