Report: Burnley 1-1 Saints

By SFC Media time Sat 02 Feb Burnley v Saints
Photo by Matt Watson | Southampton FC
Sat 02 Feb 3PM
Premier League
Barnes [90+4']
Redmond [55']
Barnes (33') Bardsley (35') Mee (84')
yellow card
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.

BURNLEY, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 02: Danny Ings of Southampton is denied by Tom Heaton of Burnley during the Premier League match between Burnley FC and Southampton FC at Turf Moor on February 02, 2019 in Burnley, United Kingdom. (Photo by Matt Watson/Southampton FC via Getty Images)
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.

BURNLEY, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 02: Nathan Redmond watches his shot hit the back of the net during the Premier League match between Burnley FC and Southampton FC at Turf Moor on February 02, 2019 in Burnley, United Kingdom. (Photo by Matt Watson/Southampton FC via Getty Images)
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.


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Tom Heaton (GK) (C)
James Tarkowski
Ben Mee yellow card
Charlie Taylor
Phil Bardsley yellow card
Jeff Hendrick
replace Johann Gudmundsson (58′)
Jack Cork
Dwight McNeil
replace Robbie Brady (81′)
Ashley Westwood
Ashley Barnes yellow card goal
Chris Wood
replace Peter Crouch (76′)
Stephen Ward
Ben Gibson
Peter Crouch
Johann Gudmundsson
Joe Hart
Robbie Brady
Matej Vydra


Alex McCarthy (GK)
Jannik Vestergaard
Jan Bednarek
Jack Stephens
Matt Targett yellow card
Callum Slattery
Oriol Romeu (C)
Stuart Armstrong
replace Yan Valery (77′)
James Ward-Prowse
Danny Ings
replace Shane Long (27′)
Nathan Redmond goal
replace Charlie Austin (87′)
Alfie Jones
Yan Valery
Charlie Austin
Shane Long
Josh Sims
Angus Gunn
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