Gabbiadini earns Saints a point

By SFC Media Sat 24 Feb Burnley v Saints
Photo by Matt Watson
Sat 24 Feb 3PM
Premier League
Burnley
1
Southampton
1
Barnes [67']
Gabbiadini [90']
Barnes (90+1')
Referee: Robert Madley | Venue: Turf Moor | Attendance: 20,982

Southampton climbed out of the Premier League’s bottom three, as Manolo Gabbiadini's 90th-minute goal earned them a potentially valuable point at Turf Moor.

In a game of few chances, the hosts looked to have edged it, thanks to a scrambled Ashley Barnes effort midway through the second half, but Gabbiadini came off the bench late on to net his first since October and earn Saints what could be a potentially valuable draw.

The result lifts Saints up to 16th, at least for a day, ahead of a huge home game next Saturday, against a Stoke City team who are three places and one point below them.

Pellegrino made one change from the side that won 2-1 in the FA Cup fifth-round at West Brom a week previously, as Oriol Romeu was brought back into the line-up in place of Pierre-Emile Højbjerg, who dropped to a subs’ bench that also included the fit-again Sofiane Boufal and youngster Josh Sims.

After a relatively quiet opening ten minutes, chances started to appear for both teams, with Aaron Lennon’s snap volley from the edge of the area well held by Alex McCarthy, before Saints carved out an excellent opportunity of their own.

Pouncing on a loose ball 25 yards out, Nathan Redmond played a clever reverse pass to Dušan Tadić, allowing him to drive into the area. The Southampton playmaker, making his 150th appearance for the club, lined up a clever shot with the outside of his left foot, but the back-tracking Ben Mee was able to stick out a leg and stop it finding the bottom corner.

The game then dropped back into a lull, but Redmond, making his first Premier League start since Boxing Day, nearly sparked it into life in the 25th minute, with a fizzing, low strike from distance, which Nick Pope did well to hold in the Burnley goal.

Nathan Redmond on the ball in the first half

Shortly afterwards, the hosts came close to a breakthrough, as Matthew Lowton chased a ball down the right to the byline and hooked it back into the area for Barnes. He spun and laid it off to Lennon on the edge of the area, but his low shot towards the bottom corner was brilliantly blocked by Romeu.

It was Burnley who continued to look the more threatening through to the break, although they were unable to seriously test McCarthy.

Neither side made any changes at half-time, and the game continued in a similar fashion, with both teams finding it hard to break down the stubborn resistance of the opposition.

McCarthy had to be alert, though, in the 58th minute, smothering at the feet of Jeff Hendrick after a through ball picked out the run of the Burnley player.

He was spared having to make a save a few minutes later, as Barnes rose to meet Ashley Westwood’s superb cross from a deep position on the right and headed wide from just outside the six-yard area.

Josh Sims and Mario Lemina react after Sims goes close to scoring

McCarthy was eventually beaten in the 67th minute, however, as a deep cross from Lennon picked out Johann Gudmundsson at the back post. His first-time volley back across goal was palmed away by McCarthy, only for Hendrick to nod it back goal wards from six yards and Barnes to bundle it over the line.

Pellegrino responded by bringing off James Ward-Prowse and sending on Sims, and he was very nearly rewarded for it in the 74th minute, as the winger cut onto his right foot on the edge of the box and bent a shot towards the top corner, only for Pope to somehow tip it onto the post at full stretch.

Another attacking substitution followed as Boufal was sent on for Romeu seconds later, before Gabbiadini was introduced for Tadić with nine minutes remaining.

It was a change that proved crucial, as Gabbiadini scored his first goal since October to earn Saints a point.

Sims got free down the right and stood up a ball to the back post, which was headed back across the six-yard box by Carrillo. Gabbiadini was quickest to react, taking a sharp touch, before spinning and lashing home with the clock just seconds from 90 minutes.

Burnley

Head to Head Stats

Southampton
  • Possession (%)
    50
    50
  • Shots
    9
    13
  • Shots on target
    3
    6
  • Corners
    7
    5
  • Passes Complete
    258
    253

Burnley

29
Nick Pope (GK)
2
Matthew Lowton
23
Stephen Ward
28
Kevin Long
6
Ben Mee (C)
25
Aaron Lennon
17
Johann Berg Gudmundsson
18
Ashley Westwood
4
Jack Cork
10
Ashley Barnes
13
Jeff Hendrick
8
Dean Marney
22
Anders Lindegaard
9
Sam Vokes
7
Georges-Kévin Nkoudou
11
Chris Wood
3
Charlie Taylor
26
Phil Bardsley

Southampton

13
Alex McCarthy (GK)
2
Cédric Soares
5
Jack Stephens
6
Wesley Hoedt
21
Ryan Bertrand (C)
11
Dusan Tadic
Manolo Gabbiadini (81′)
14
Oriol Romeu
Sofiane Boufal (75′)
22
Nathan Redmond
16
James Ward-Prowse
Josh Sims (68′)
18
Mario Lemina
9
Guido Carrillo
20
Manolo Gabbiadini
19
Sofiane Boufal
23
Pierre-Emile Højbjerg
39
Josh Sims
35
Jan Bednarek
44
Fraser Forster
26
Jérémy Pied
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