Austin sinks Burn­ley, Wat­ford beat ‘Boro

The Sun (Malaysia) - - SPORTS -

SOUTHAMP­TON’S rich vein of form in the Pre­mier League con­tin­ued as they beat Burn­ley 3-1 with two goals from Char­lie Austin on Sun­day while another pro­moted side, Mid­dles­brough, fared just as poorly, los­ing 1-0 at home to Wat­ford.

With Hull City hav­ing crashed 6-1 at Bournemouth on Sat­ur­day, the top flight is prov­ing an un­for­giv­ing en­vi­ron­ment for the teams who came up this sea­son with all three now mired at the bot­tom end of ta­ble af­ter post­ing im­pres­sive starts.

Sun­day’s de­feat could have been worse for Cham­pi­onship win­ners Burn­ley had goal­keeper Tom Heaton not pro­duced an in­spired per­for­mance be­fore Austin took his tally to seven goals in six games with a 52nd minute strike and 66th minute penalty.

In be­tween, the im­pres­sive Nathan Red­mond also found the net as Southamp­ton took their un­beaten run to seven games.

“I’ve got seven goals in the last six but we are seven un­beaten, that’s the main thing,” said Austin.

“We knew it would be a frus­trat­ing af­ter­noon if we didn’t score early but once we scored one we kicked on.

“This team will al­ways cre­ate chances, it’s a dream for any striker. I am in the right place at the right time.”

The com­bi­na­tion of Austin’s in­stincts and Red­mond’s pace is pay­ing rich div­i­dends for the Saints, who are brim­ming with con­fi­dence ahead of this week’s vis­its to In­ter Mi­lan, in the Europa League, and Manch­ester City, in the Pre­mier League.

The only down­side for Southamp­ton, who are now eighth, was that they con­ceded their first goal in more than 10 hours of foot­ball when Sam Vokes scored from the penalty spot af­ter 72 min­utes.

Burn­ley now sit three places above 17th­placed Mid­dles­brough, who have yet to win at the River­side this sea­son and were de­serv- edly beaten in a poor game by a Wat­ford side who al­ways posed the greater threat.

Much of Wat­ford’s bite came down the left, where the club’s record sign­ing, £12.5 mil­lion (RM64.2m) striker Isaac Suc­cess, again proved a real hand­ful hav­ing been handed his first start.

Boro were for­tu­nate to reach half­time with 11 men af­ter Antonio Bar­ra­gan, al­ready on a yel­low card, held back the lively Nige­rian.

Another prob­ing Suc­cess run led to Wat­ford’s winner when the ball fell to Jose Hole­bas, whose 20-yard shot sur­prised Vic­tor Valdes in the Boro goal. The win moves Wal­ter Maz­zarri’s side into the top half of the ta­ble in 10th place.

“When they scored it was im­pos­si­ble to play. Wat­ford have re­ally ex­pe­ri­enced play­ers. We need to learn and keep go­ing,” said Mid­dles­brough man­ager Ai­tor Karanka, who will be un­der pres­sure to check his side’s slide down the ta­ble. – Reuters

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