Saints ease to vic­tory

Austin dou­ble serves up an easy vic­tory

The Star (Kenya) - - Sports International - BY SAM CUN­NING­HAM /

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.

/REUTERS

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.

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