Saints ease to victory
Austin double serves up an easy victory
Little else has held back Southampton in recent weeks, as they were unbeaten in six games before this fixture, but Burnley goalkeeper Tom Heaton managed to keep the rampant Saints at bay for almost an hour.
Southampton had an astonishing 34 shots — the most in a Premier League match this season. Heaton saved 11 of those — the most stops of any goalkeeper in a league match so far. The three which beat him for goals, Charlie Austin’s double and Nathan Redmond’s fine strike, could easily have been doubled.
“I would prefer to have less chances, but more goals,” manager Claude Puel joked after a fifth win in seven unbeaten games. “Now it’s important to find good efficiency.”
Shortly before the break, Redmond turned one way and then the next inside the penalty area, to the left of goal, and powered an effort at the near post, but Heaton was in the way once more.
When Heaton kept Redmond out again at the near post in firsthalf stoppage time after more skilful work from the winger, he was beginning to appear unbeatable. Even though the ball flew across goal from his save, Austin was unable to steer the rebound home.
Dyche was less jovial on referee Mike Dean’s decision not to award a penalty when Johann Gudmundsson was tripped by Virgil van Dijk when the score was goalless.
“It’s impossible it’s not a penalty,’ he said. ‘We struggled two years ago to get decisions. We’re struggling so far this season.
“It doesn’t take away from them being too good for us, but that doesn’t half make a difference. If we were 1-0 up, the whole feeling changes.”
When Heaton was finally beaten, nine minutes into the second half, the goals began to flow. Tadic swung in the corner, Van Dijk headed it across goal, Austin’s first effort was blocked by Sam Vokes, but the second was forced over.
Redmond drove a first-time half-volley into the bottom right and five minutes later substitute Sam McQueen was felled by Gudmundsson inside the box and Austin scored the penalty for his seventh goal in six games.
Burnley’s Tom Heaton in the rain as he walks off the pitch at half time during their Premier League match against Southampton at St Mary’s Stadium - October 16.