Austin dou­ble takes Saints into top eight

Kuwait Times - - SPORTS -

Char­lie Austin scored twice as Southamp­ton beat Burn­ley 3-1 at St Mary’s yes­ter­day to climb into the top eight of the Premier League.

The south coast club were in dom­i­nant form, with Nathan Red­mond also on tar­get be­fore Sam Vokes pulled a goal back for the vis­i­tors late on. It was a fine way for the Saints to start a run of seven fix­tures in 22 days, with their next game a Europa League clash against Ital­ian gi­ants In­ter Mi­lan.

Burn­ley kept the game goal­less un­til the sec­ond half be­fore the Saints scored three goals in 14 min­utes after the break.

They might have been ahead ear­lier in the match but Austin’s fifth-minute header was well-saved by Burn­ley goal­keeper Tom Heaton. Southamp­ton’s Du­san Tadic was also de­nied by Heaton when one-on-one with the keeper in the 31st minute.

Red­mond and Austin also had chances in the first half but poor fin­ish­ing kept the game goal­less. Southamp­ton’s pres­sure, how­ever, told in the sec­ond pe­riod with a quick­fire three-goal burst.

In the 52nd minute, Tadic’s cor­ner was headed across goal by Vir­gil van Dijk and Austin, at the sec­ond at­tempt and amid some poor de­fend­ing by the Clarets, scored from in front of goal.

On the hour, Southamp­ton dou­bled their lead cour­tesy of a fine goal from Red­mond. Fol­low­ing an­other cor­ner, he waited for the ball to arrive be­fore strik­ing a low fin­ish be­yond the reach of Heaton and into the bot­tom right cor­ner.

Min­utes later, Austin put the result be­yond doubt with a penalty awarded after Burn­ley’s Jo­hann Berg Gud­munds­son brought down Sam McQueen. The goal was the for­ward’s sev­enth in six games.

Burn­ley man­aged a con­so­la­tion goal 18 min­utes from time when ref­eree Mike Dean pointed to the penalty spot for a foul by Tadic on Ben Mee and Vokes scored as the Saints fi­nally con­ceded for the first time in over 10 hours.

The Clarets’ loss was their third in four games and left them just a point above the bot­tom three.

SOUTHAMP­TON: Southamp­ton’s Dutch de­fender Vir­gil van Dijk (R) heads the ball dur­ing the English Premier League foot­ball match be­tween Southamp­ton and Burn­ley at St Mary’s Sta­dium in Southamp­ton, south­ern Eng­land yes­ter­day. — AFP

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