Howe pledges to make signings to shore-up threadbare Clarets
BURNLEY manager Eddie Howe breathed a huge sigh of relief despite seeing Morgan Schneiderlin’s late equaliser deny his men victory over leaders Southampton at Turf Moor.
Charlie Austin had put the Clarets ahead in the 53rd minute but a Southampton side including Burnley old boys Jack Cork, Danny Fox and Richard Chaplow levelled with 10 minutes left to secure a 1-1 draw.
A relieved Howe, who admitted his squad was threadbare at present, promised to delve into the transfer market to halt a worrying slide.
“We are monitoring the transfer market every day but it is difficult to bring players in at this stage of the season,” said Howe.
“I am very disappointed with the result because I thought the lads were magnificent. That is the spirit and intensity we need to play with every week.
“I think in terms of the level of performance, there were some good performances both individually and as a team. We have to give credit to Southampton because they blocked an awful lot of our attempts. I thought we defended excellently.
“Marvin Bartley was superb and I am very pleased with him. He has had a dramatic rise in football from playing non-league a few years ago to playing in the Championship now, but that is what he is capable of.
“We are capable of beating anybody and we have the players to do so but today highlighted the lack of depth.”
Austin and Jay Rodriguez both had shots blocked as the Clarets had the better of the first half, and Adam Lallana headed wide for the visitors.
Rodriguez set up Austin for the opener only for the Saints to strike back. Burnley: Grant, Trippier, Edgar, Amougou, Easton, Stanislas (Marney 73), Bartley, McCann, Wallace (Hines 87), Rodriguez, Austin (MacDonald 90). Unused substitutes: Stewart, Mee. Southampton: Davis, Richardson, Hooiveld, Fonte, Fox, Do Prado (Chaplow 46), Cork, Hammond (Schneiderlin 62), Lallana, Lambert, Connolly. Unused substitutes: Bialkowski, Martin, De Ridder. Referee: A Taylor (Cheshire). Man of the match: Marvin Bartley.