Opening-day defeat for Saints

Turf Moor | Sat 10 Aug 3PM | Attendance: 19,784
Match Report Highlights

Burnley vs Saints
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Burnley vs Saints As It Happened

Key moments so far

  • Saints trail 3-0 to Burnley at Turf Moor on the opening weekend
  • Barnes (2) and Gudmundsson with all three goals in 12 second-half minutes
  • Adams goes close to early opener from Valery's cross, before Redmond is denied by Pope 
  • Wood scores for Burnley, but the flag is raised and VAR agrees, so the goal is ruled out
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POLL: If it stays like this for the next 15-20 minutes, who would you like to see come off the bench first?

POLL: If it stays like this for the next 15-20 minutes, who would you like to see come off the bench first?

The results so far:

  • Pierre-Emile Højbjerg
    15%
  • Sofiane Boufal
    47%
  • Moussa Djenepo
    28%
  • Michael Obafemi
    10%

FULL TIME: Burnley 3-0 Southampton

It's all over at Turf Moor, where Saints were well beaten in the end. Burnley did all the damage in 12 second-half minutes, as Ashley Barnes scored twice and Johann Berg Gudmundsson added a third. Saints were at least on par with their hosts for an hour, but that horror spell ultimately scuppered any chance of claiming a result on the opening weekend.

+1’

3️⃣ added minutes

We're into stoppage time at Turf Moor.

+1’

Bednarek fires over

Saints are still pushing for a goal, but Bednarek's shot from Ward-Prowse's low corner is not going to trouble Pope.

84’

Burnley substitution: Aaron Lennon replaces Dwight McNeil

It's a double change for the hosts. 

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83’

Burnley substitution: Jay Rodriguez replaces Ashley Barnes

No hat-trick for Barnes after all - Rodriguez comes on for his second Burnley debut.

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82’

Vestergaard goes close

The defender gets his toe to the ball in a crowded penalty area, but Pope saves with his legs to preserve his clean sheet.

80’

Barnes denied his hat-trick

The striker profits from a stray pass by Højbjerg and rounds Gunn, but the keeper gets back to turn his shot wide from a narrow angle. This second half has been well short of Saints' expectations.

Gudmundsson makes it three...

Gudmundsson nicks the ball off the toe of Bertrand and surges into the box. He has Barnes in support, hat-trick hunting, but goes himself with a delicious curling shot inside the far post. Looking like game over now.

74’

GOAL

Johann Berg Gudmundsson (74’) | 3 0

73’

Southampton substitution: Sofiane Boufal replaces Ché Adams

Adams's debut comes to an end. Can Boufal provide some inspiration?

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73’

Southampton substitution: Pierre-Emile Højbjerg replaces Jack Stephens

The skipper is introduced and takes the armband from Ward-Prowse.

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2️⃣0️⃣ minutes to salvage something...

Two goals in seven minutes have put Burnley firmly in charge of this game. What can Saints produce to find a way back into it?

It's another one 😤

Barnes is on target again, this time guiding home a fine cross from debutant Pieters. It's a long way back from here...

69’

GOAL

Ashley Barnes (69’) | 2 0

65’

Southampton substitution: Michael Obafemi replaces Danny Ings

First change sees Obafemi enter the fray, adding more pace into the Saints attack.

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Barnes breaks the deadlock

It's a poor goal to concede for Saints. Vestergaard misjudges a high ball and allows Barnes to steal in. The striker doesn't hesitate in crashing a low shot through the legs of Gunn to open the scoring.

63’

GOAL

Ashley Barnes (63’) | 1 0

59’

Redmond off target

Another half-chance for Saints. Ings rolls the ball to his left for Redmond, who tries to open up his body and curl one inside the far post, but he doesn't quite get it right and the ball sails high and wide.

57’

Rodriguez warming up...

Former Saint Jay Rodriguez, back at his hometown club, is limbering up and preparing for his second Burnley debut. Which manager will make the first move?

53’

Just over!

In the end Bertrand strikes it, with the angle favouring a left footer, but his shot just whistles over the angle of post and bar. Unlucky.

52’

Free-kick in JWP territory 🎯

More quick footwork from Redmond earns a free-kick right on the edge of the box. Ward-Prowse, Bertrand and Redmond stand over it...

48’

Pieters fires over

A speculative attempt from the Burnley left-back. Nothing ahead of him, so he goes for goal from a long way out, but it sails harmlessly over.

45’

We're back under way!

The second half is up and running. Will one goal decide this game?

HALF TIME: Burnley 0-0 Southampton

It's not been a thrilling start to the new season for Saints, but Ralph Hasenhüttl will be happy enough with how his team have contained their hosts. Both teams need to offer more in attack, but Saints have carried the greater threat, with Ché Adams going close early on and Nathan Redmond forcing a fine save from Nick Pope shortly before the interval. 

45’

3️⃣ added minutes...

We're into first-half stoppage time at Turf Moor. The added minutes are mainly due to VAR, you'd assume.

44’

Brilliant work from Redmond!

Best piece of play of the game - Redmond chases Romeu's pass and just keeps it in. He faces up a defender, beats him on the inside and rifles a shot towards the top corner that's superbly tipped over by goalkeeper Pope. More of that please, Saints!

it's a very studied build-up from southampton. they've been very neat and tidy, but haven't done enough to make that possession count. 

david provan
football commentator

🔟 minutes until half time...

It's still goalless at Turf Moor, where clear chances have been few and far between. Can Danny Ings make the breakthrough against his former club?

33’

Wood's touch lets him down

A clever pass behind the Saints' defence sees Wood get ahead of Vestergaard, but his touch is heavy and runs through to Gunn. The Burnley man was actually flagged offside in any case.

30’

Adams catches Mee...

It's a bad tackle from the striker, which leaves Mee in some pain. VAR intervenes again, but Adams escapes without a card.

27’

Gudmundsson goes close 😬

The Icelandic winger finds a yard of space to let fly on his favoured left foot from the edge of the box. It arrows towards the bottom corner and beats the diving Gunn, but whistles just wide - much to Saints' relief.

22’

Burnley coming into the game

It was a bright start from Saints, who were definitely quicker to settle, but Burnley are starting to enjoy more possession and territory now. Wood tries his luck with an overhead kick - misses the ball completely, but Saints can expect plenty more crosses into the box to defend.

18’

Wood goal ruled out by VAR

A let-off for Saints, as Ashley Barnes capitalises on a slip from Jack Stephens and rolls the ball across goal for Chris Wood to score, but the flag goes up. VAR is called upon to inspect the footage, which proves the initial on-field decision correct. Phew!

14’

Ward-Prowse tries his luck

A lovely clean strike from James Ward-Prowse - who captains the side today - as the ball breaks his way outside the box, but it's straight at Nick Pope, who pats it down and holds on.

10’

Adams wins early corner

The striker has been razor-sharp in pre-season, particularly early in games, and that trend is continuing today. He turns Ben Mee to win a corner, from which Oriol Romeu fires the loose ball over the bar from 20 yards.

Adams goes close!

First chance for Saints - Valery's cross from the right leaves Adams stretching at the far post. The debutant tries to get his right foot around the ball to hook it back in, but can't find the angle. Promising start!

15.03

The new season is UNDER WAY!

Saints get us started and have comfortable early possession. Come on, lads!

15.00

We're ready to go!

The teams are out and exchanging the usual pre-match pleasantries. Saints are in their new grey and yellow away shirt, with yellow shorts and yellow socks, backed by a vocal contingent of travelling fans. Let's go, Saints!

14.58
VOTE NOW
POLL: Ok, Burnley away. Day one. Kick-off imminent. How are you feeling, Saints fans?

POLL: Ok, Burnley away. Day one. Kick-off imminent. How are you feeling, Saints fans?

The results so far:

  • Tough start - draw would be decent
    23%
  • We should be winning these games!
    77%

Your predictions are in!

Thanks for submitting your votes in our polls, Saints fans! The results indicate the expectation is for an 11th or 12th-placed finish, with Ché Adams as the team's star performer. Happy with that?

14.46

Game faces 🔛

Our photographer was on hand to capture the Saints players arriving at Turf Moor, where kick-off is now just 25 minutes away!

14.35

Burnley line-up confirmed

Starting XI: Pope, Lowton, Tarkowski, Mee, Pieters, Gudmundsson, Westwood, Cork, McNeil, Wood, Barnes.

Subs: Hart, Long, Gibson, Bardsley, Hendrick, Lennon, Rodriguez.

14.01

Saints line-up confirmed 😇

Starting XI: Gunn, Valery, Bednarek, Stephens, Vestergaard, Bertrand, Romeu, Ward-Prowse, Redmond, Ings, Adams.

Subs: McCarthy, Yoshida, Cédric, Højbjerg, Boufal, Djenepo, Obafemi.

14.00

The view from the away end 

The stage is set at Turf Moor - it's not exactly traditional opening day conditions, but we'll have team news very shortly!

13.56
VOTE NOW
POLL: Let's get these predictions in early... who will be Saints' Player of the Year this season?

POLL: Let's get these predictions in early... who will be Saints' Player of the Year this season?

The results so far:

  • Ché Adams
    41%
  • Danny Ings
    11%
  • Nathan Redmond
    22%
  • James Ward-Prowse
    7%
  • Pierre-Emile Højbjerg
    14%
  • Other
    5%

1️⃣ hour until team news... ⏳

The countdown to kick-off continues! At 2pm BST, we'll bring you news of Ralph Hasenhüttl's first starting XI of the new season... who would you like to see given a chance by the boss?

13.00

Another big season season for this guy? 💭

4️⃣ more years of Nathan Redmond! Saints' Player of the Year has committed his long-term future to the club and is raring to go for the new season 😇

12.58

Go behind the scenes at Saints' media day!

One of the busiest days in the week leading up to the opening weekend can be the Premier League media day. Take a look behind the scenes at what some of the Saints players were getting up to in front of the green screen...

12.46

i think we had a good fundamental basis last season and built it up, and we now try to improve a few steps: to play quicker in front, to minimise risk, and not to give goals away so easily. the pre-season games were positive, which is nice to see, but nobody knows exactly how good we are. now it's about getting results.

ralph hasenhüttl
southampton manager
12.20

Get clued up on all things Burnley vs Saints 🤓

Our Match Pack is back! Full of all the information you need to give you the full story going into today's game...

12.17

DWWWW: Pre-season in pictures 📸

Follow Saints' journey through Austria, Preston, China, Rotterdam and home again, completing an unbeaten pre-season campaign.

12.13
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12.04
VOTE NOW
POLL: Honest predictions, everybody... where will Saints finish this season?

POLL: Honest predictions, everybody... where will Saints finish this season?

The results so far:

  • Top 6
    7%
  • 7th or 8th
    10%
  • 9th or 10th
    31%
  • 11th or 12th
    38%
  • 13th or 14th
    12%
  • Bottom 6
    1%

Hear from the boss! 

We caught up with Ralph Hasenhüttl at Staplewood for a special feature interview on the eve of the new season, as the manager discussed his hopes for 2019/20. Find out what he had to say ☝️

11.54

WE'RE BACK! 😇

After 90 days away, the long wait for Premier League action is over for Saints. Optimism is high under charismatic manager Ralph Hasenhüttl and the journey starts here, at Turf Moor. Hosts Burnley finished just one point above Saints last season after both games between the teams were drawn, so an intriguing match lies in wait. We're counting down to kick-off with all the build-up and team news! ⏳

11.52

Burnley vs Saints Line Ups

Burnley

1
Nick Pope (GK)
23
Erik Pieters
5
James Tarkowski
6
Ben Mee (C)
2
Matthew Lowton
11
Dwight McNeil
Aaron Lennon (84′)
4
Jack Cork
18
Ashley Westwood
7
Johann Gudmundsson
9
Chris Wood
10
Ashley Barnes
Jay Rodriguez (84′)
28
Kevin Long
14
Ben Gibson
26
Phil Bardsley
19
Jay Rodriguez
20
Joe Hart
25
Aaron Lennon
13
Jeff Hendrick

Southampton

28
Angus Gunn (GK)
5
Jack Stephens
Pierre-Emile Højbjerg (73′)
4
Jannik Vestergaard
35
Jan Bednarek
21
Ryan Bertrand
14
Oriol Romeu
43
Yan Valery
16
James Ward-Prowse (C)
9
Danny Ings
Michael Obafemi (66′)
10
Che Adams
Sofiane Boufal (73′)
22
Nathan Redmond
1
Alex McCarthy
23
Pierre-Emile Højbjerg
12
Moussa Djenepo
2
Cédric Soares
19
Sofiane Boufal
3
Maya Yoshida
20
Michael Obafemi

Burnley vs Saints Match Stats

Burnley

Head to Head Stats

Southampton
  • Possession (%)
    46
    54
  • Shots
    10
    11
  • Shots on target
    4
    3
  • Corners
    2
    7
  • Passes Complete
    183
    249

Top Saints Player Stats

Shots On Target
1
Jannik Vestergaard
Jannik Vestergaard
Chances Created
1
Jan Bednarek
Jan Bednarek
Passes Completed
32
Jan Bednarek
Jan Bednarek
Tackles
2
Jannik Vestergaard
Jannik Vestergaard
Clearances
7
Jan Bednarek
Jan Bednarek
Saves
1
Angus Gunn
Angus Gunn