As it Happened - Saints edge five-goal thriller against Burnley
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14:004 months ago

FULL TIME: Southampton 3-2 Burnley

FULL TIME: And breathe... 

Southampton were the better side in the end, they created the better chances and played some nice football throughout. 

But Burnley will feel hard-done-by, they could have had a penalty in the second half as, on second look, Bednarek has a handful of Wood's shirt when his diving header was saved by Forster. 

That being said, Burnley didn't create enough chances to win the game or even draw it, just a Wood curler that was well saved by Forster.

Saints worked Pope throughout and he made a couple of fine saves, with Ward-Prowse also hitting the bar and Adams should have wrapped up the points at the end when he was clean through. 

But what an entertaining game to start of this Easter Sunday. Five goals was not expected and it has set us up brilliantly for the rest of the day.

Stay with VAVEL for coverage of Newcastle vs Tottenham Hotspur, which is up next. 

Thank you for joining me, Happy Easter, enjoy your chocolate and the football and stay safe!!


13:554 months ago

FULL TIME:Southampton 3-2 Burnley

FULL TIME: Southampton hang on!!

Goals from Stuart Armstrong, Danny Ings and Nathan Redmond give the Saints a valuable three points. 

Chris Wood and Matej Vydra had given Burnley a 0-2 lead inside the first half an hour, but couldn't get the all important third goal.


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Southampton 3-2 Burnley

90+4. Can Burnley get one last opportunity.


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Southampton 3-2 Burnley

90+3. Che Adams should have finished things, his effort goes wide.
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Southampton 3-2 Burnley

90+1. Redmond tries to find Adams but it is cut out by Pope. 

Up the other end, Brownhill fouls Walker-Peters to ease the pressure on Southampton. 

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Southampton 3-2 Burnley

90+1. Three added minutes at St Mary's. Can Burnley find an equaliser or will Southampton hang on?
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Southampton 3-2 Burnley

90. Third substitution for Burnley. 

Johann Berg Gudmundsson is replaced by Lewis Richardson.

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Southampton 3-2 Burnley

89. Wood fouls Bertrand and Southampton can breathe. 
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Southampton 3-2 Burnley

89. Burnley win a late corner!
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Southampton 3-2 Burnley

87. Third substitution for Saints. 

Theo Walcott is replaced by Moussa Djenepo.

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Southampton 3-2 Burnley

86. Substitution for Southampton.

Danny Ings is replaced by Che Adams. 

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Southampton 3-2 Burnley

85. Westwood's kick to Tarkowski is cleared but Burnley keep the pressure on. 
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Southampton 3-2 Burnley

84. Burnley have a free kick, Diallo concedes. 


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Southampton 3-2 Burnley

82. Oooooh Nick Pope gets away with one. 

Southampton break with Redmond but Taylor gets back, drops it back to Pope who tries to take it around Redmond but it's a heavy one. 

It falls for Ings but he then overruns it. Let off for Pope. 

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Southampton 3-2 Burnley

81. Burnley are coming and it is another brilliant Fraser Forster save!

McNeil's delivery is flicked by Rodriguez and Wood dives in to head it into Forster. 

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Southampton 3-2 Burnley

79. Substitutions for both sides. 

Firstly, before the corner, Jay Rodriguez replaced Matej Vydra.

The corner was cleared. 

Then Mohamed Salisu replaces Stuart Armstrong for the hosts. 

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Southampton 3-2 Burnley

78. Wood goes close, it is a fantastic save from Fraser Forster!

Wood curls it towards the far corner and Forster gets across to palm it behind. 

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Southampton 3-2 Burnley

77. McNeil swings in a wonderful delivery for Gudmundsson, but the Icelandic midfielder jumped far too early. 

Jay Rodriguez is getting ready to come on. 

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Southampton 3-2 Burnley

75. Burnley win another corner, and it drops to Tarkowski who tries to reverse it to Mee.

It goes back to Forster. 

15 minutes for Burnley to get something from this game.

13:334 months ago

Southampton 3-2 Burnley

73. Burnley appeal for a penalty against Bertrand.

A corner is given instead and Southampton clear and break through Walcott. 

It's 3 on 1, but Walcott tries to cut back inside McNeil but the England Under 21 gets back. 

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Southampton 3-2 Burnley

69. Walker-Peters fires an effort over the bar. 

Burnley need a saviour on Easter Sunday.

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Southampton 3-2 Burnley

66. Southampton break forward through Walcott, he gives it to Ings.

Ings shoots and Pope pulls off a wonderful save but it drops back to Walcott. 

He stands up a brilliant cross for Nathan Redmond who watches it drop and volleys home.

Comeback: complete! 3-2

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Southampton 2-2 Burnley

65. Another Saints chance. 

Walker-Peters down the right cuts it into Walcott who turns away from Tarkowski but tamely slides it into the hands of Pope. 

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Southampton 2-2 Burnley


Burnley don't clear from the resulting corner. 

Eventually it drops to Armstrong on the edge of the box, he cuts it onto his right.

His deflected effort fizzes towards the goal, and Pope somehow flicks it up and around the post!

Southampton dominating at the minute

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Southampton 2-2 Burnley

60. So so close on two occassions for Southampton!

Firstly, Ward-Prowse is teed up by Redmond and his effort canons off the bar!

Then Ings' header is cleared off the line

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Southampton 2-2 Burnley

56. Wood is played in by McNeil but he can't get past Vestergaard. 

The centre half hoofs it out of play as Bednarek is down with a hip injury. 

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Southampton 2-2 Burnley

53. Good from Burnley.

McNeil sets Taylor free down the left, he delivers for Wood who can't direct a header goalwards. 

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Southampton 2-2 Burnley

49. Ward-Prowse picks it up in the middle of the pitch and tries to slide it through for Walcott. 

Taylor cleans up well, though. 

13:074 months ago

What a stat!

Lucky us to witness it!
13:054 months ago

Southampton 2-2 Burnley

46. Back underway.

More of the same please!

13:014 months ago

The goals

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HALF TIME:Southampton 2-2 Burnley

HALF-TIME: After 25 minutes, I would not have predicted Burnley to be the happier of the two sides to hear the half time whistle. 

Chris Wood gave the Clarets the lead from the spot after Kyle Walker-Peters fouled Erik Pieters. 

Matej Vydra doubled the lead with a fine volley but, just minutes later, Stuart Armstrong curled in a lifeline for Saints. 

Then, Danny Ings calmly took advantage of a Ben Mee mistake to slot through Nick Pope's legs. 

Time for a break and some chocolate, see you in 15.

12:504 months ago

HALF TIME:Southampton 2-2 Burnley

HALF-TIME: That's the end of a wonderful first half of football. 
12:484 months ago

Southampton 2-2 Burnley

45+2. Diallo's curling effort is blocked behind for a corner. 

Ward-Prowse's corner nearly swings over Pope but the England 'keeper claims well. 

Saints ending the half the better side. 

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Southampton 2-2 Burnley

45+1. Four added minutes. 
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Southampton 2-2 Burnley

42. Danny Ings with an ice-cold finish!

Mee overruns the ball and Ings is away. He cuts back inside the sprawling Tarkowski and slots it through Pope's legs.

Great goal, and great game. 2-2!

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12:404 months ago

Southampton 1-2 Burnley

40. Flurry of efforts from Southampton who have grown into this game.

First it's Redmond, then Diallo, then finally Armstrong, who's volley is deflected for a corner. 

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Southampton 1-2 Burnley

38. Redmond gets to the by-line and plays it across the six yard box, but Taylor clears. 
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Southampton 1-2 Burnley

36. Walker-Peters' shot/cross is deflected behind for a corner.

Pace of this game has picked up dramatically in the last ten minutes!

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Southampton 1-2 Burnley

33. Burnley have to make a substitution. 

Erik Pieters can't continue. He is replaced by Charlie Taylor.

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Southampton 1-2 Burnley

31. It is lovely football by Southampton and it is a great response to conceding. 

Ward-Prowse fizzes it into Danny Ings who flicks it around the corner for Stuart Armstrong. 

The Scotland International fires it through Pope down the middle of the goal. 

Disappointing for Pope but a great finish nonetheless. 

12:314 months ago


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Southampton 0-2 Burnley

29. Ben Mee goes long and Wood puts the pressure on Bednarek who doesn't deal with it in the air.

It drops to Matej Vydra and he fires it first time through Forster.

Great finish from Vydra, but really poor from the Southampton defence. 

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Southampton 0-1 Burnley

27. And he's back. 
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Southampton 0-1 Burnley

26. Looks like a pulled hamstring for Pieters, but it might be a dead leg. 

Charlie Taylor isn't warming up so I think Pieters is going to continue. 

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Southampton 0-1 Burnley

23. Pope pushes Redmond's effort behind. 

From the corner, Ings' effort is blocked, then Bednarek goes down appealing for a penalty, nothing given. 

Saints come back up on the attack and Pieters and Tarkowski collide trying to block Walcott's shot. 

Pieters is in some discomfort. 

12:204 months ago

Southampton 0-1 Burnley

20. Wood penalised for a foul on Forster, not a lot in it.

Mee penalised for a foul on Ings, not a lot in it. 

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Southampton 0-1 Burnley

18. Pieters and McNeil have Walker-Peters on strings at the minute, the left back getting in behind to drive a dangerous ball across the box. 

The visitors looking the better of the two sides so far. 

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Southampton 0-1 Burnley

12. Chris Wood smashes it straight down the middle with power. 

Seventh for the season, and he has become Burnley's joint highest Premier League goalscorer of all time. 

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12:104 months ago

Southampton 0-0 Burnley

11. Walker-Peters is penalised. He can't have too much to complain about. 

It was very late. 

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Southampton 0-0 Burnley

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Southampton 0-0 Burnley

10. Andre Marriner has been sent to the monitor. 


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Southampton 0-0 Burnley

9. Burnley having a lot of joy down the left, Pieters wins it back from Walker-Peters and the right back swipes out the left back from behind. 

Pieters stays down, and VAR are looking for a potential penalty. 

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Southampton 0-0 Burnley

8. McNeil gets down the left and fizzes into Vydra who can't get a good connection. 
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Southampton 0-0 Burnley

7. McNeil's floated free kick is dealt with and Southampton win a free kick. 
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Southampton 0-0 Burnley

6. At the other end, Vydra wins a free kick centrally for Burnley.

A cracking start to this game.

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Southampton 0-0 Burnley

6. Ings fires one into the midst of Ben Mee. 

Suspicion of handball? Maybe earlier in the season...

12:024 months ago

Southampton 0-0 Burnley

2. Corner came to nothing and Southampton showed their pace on the break. 

Armstrong's shot is blocked. 

12:014 months ago

Southampton 0-0 Burnley

1. Early chance for Burnley.

Walker Peters loses the ball in the middle of the park and Burnley break.

Wood toe-pokes the ball goalwards and Forster palms it behind for a corner. 

12:004 months ago

Southampton 0-0 Burnley

1. Burnley get the game underway.
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Southampton 0-0 Burnley

1. Both teams take the knee before kick-off. 

There is no room for racism in football.

11:574 months ago

Here come the teams

Burnley in their yellow third kit, Southampton in the red shirt with white stripe.

The teams are on the sunny turf, kick off is moments away...

11:514 months ago

450 games for Ashley Westwood

This is Ashley Westwood's 450th club appearance!

Congratulations, Ashley!

11:514 months ago

10 minutes until kick-off

Let's remind you of the teams, with ten minutes until the start of the game.


Forster; Walker-Peters, Vestergaard, Bednarek, Bertrand; Diallo, Ward-Prowse, Armstrong; Redmond, Ings, Walcott.


Pope; Lowton, Tarkowski, Mee, Pieters; Gudmundsson, Westwood, Brownhill, McNeil; Wood, Vydra.

11:314 months ago

Can Southampton return to their early season form?

11:294 months ago

Half an hour until kick-off

11:144 months ago

VAVEL Prediction

Ralph Hasenhuttl broke his winless streak in the league with a 2-0 victory at Sheff United, only to then lose against Brighton & Hove Albion. They did reach the semi-finals of the FA Cup after convincingly beating Bournemouth but the Saints are anything but predictable right now. They face a Burnley team who are unbeaten in three matches and, for my money, the visitors look the more convincing. 

Prediction: 1-2

By Jonny Bentley

11:124 months ago

Visitors have arrived at a sunny St Mary's.

11:074 months ago

Burnley unchanged

Sean Dyche names an unchanged side from the team who beat Everton three weeks ago. 

Charlie Taylor and Jack Cork make the bench on their return from injury, but still no Ashley Barnes.

11:054 months ago

Ings and Walcott return, Ward-Prowse fit for Saints

Danny Ings and Theo Walcott make their returns from injury, as Southampton make three changes to the side that lost to Brighton and Hove Albion way before the International break. 

They replace Che Adams and Nathan Tella up front, being joined by Nathan Redmond who replaces Takumi Minamino in the starting 11.

James Ward-Prowse has been passed fit and starts after missing England's final World Cup Qualifier in the week. 

11:014 months ago


10:524 months ago

Team News in under 10 minutes!

Team news will be revealed at 11am, so not long for us to wait.

In the mean time, I'm going to work on my puns...

10:514 months ago

It's Matchday!!

Hello and Happy Easter to all celebrating!

Welcome to VAVEL's live coverage of Southampton vs Burnley at St Mary's Stadium. 

My name is Luke Williamson, here from now until full time with updates throughout.

Here's hoping to an eggs-cellent (*groan*) game!

11:034 months ago

See you then!

Grab your chocolate and join me at 11am on Sunday for the team news.

I hope it's a cracking game, and I hope I can provide some lunch time entertainment (and more egg puns!)

Join me on Sunday, see you then!

10:584 months ago

Kick-off time

Kick off at St Mary's is 12pm on Easter Sunday, April 4.
10:534 months ago

Dyche says...

“It was a good time to have a break. I’m always indifferent about these breaks, but it was a good time because we’ve been stretched to the limit, more or less all season,” explained Dyche. “The physical and mental side of performances is so important and we have asked a lot of these players. “But we are getting bodies back now and that adds to the depth of the squad, so using this period to get as many people as fit as possible and find rest for the others has been good."
10:484 months ago

Hassenhutl says...

On Burnley...

“I think this team is one of the teams you have to have a good performance if you want to win against them and they are always good, always organised. Always strong. Every team is struggling against them."

“They had some good results this season. We know about their good automatism, also they have good development in the team playing a very straight football and I am a fan from what they are doing with the options they have in the club.

“They took the maximum out of it and so praise for them and for the manager.”


10:434 months ago

Predicted Lineups


Forster; Walker-Peters, Vestergaard, Bednarek, Bertrand; Redmond, Armstrong, Diallo, Minamino; Adams, Ings. 


Pope; Lowton, Tarkowski, Mee, Taylor; Gudmundsson, Brownhill, Westwood, McNeil; Wood, Vydra.

10:384 months ago

Team News - Burnley

Robbie Brady re-aggravated his troubling achilles injury during the (pointless) international friendly with Qatar, so he will miss the next few weeks.

Fellow Irishman Kevin Long is also absent with a calf injury. 

Jack Cork and Charlie Taylor are back in contention after recovering from their respective injuries, while Ashley Barnes will miss the game despite stepping up his recovery.

10:334 months ago

Team News - Southampton

There is good and bad news coming from the Southampton camp ahead of the game. 

Danny Ings is in line to return against his former club having stepped up his recovery from a leg injury.

Theo Walcott is also in line to return after a thigh issue. 

The bad news is that James Ward Prowse will be assessed after withdrawing from the England squad earlier this week before their game against Poland. 

Oriol Romeu, Will Smallbone and Michael Obafemi remain out for the long term. 

10:284 months ago

Start of the crucial run-in

This game is the start of a crucial 9 games for the two sides locked on 33 points. 

These two are inseparable in terms of league positioning, with the same goal difference.

The Saints and The Clarets will both be looking for a win to increase the gap between themselves and the bottom three. 

10:234 months ago


Hello and welcome to VAVEL's live matchday commentary of Southampton vs Burnley!

My name is Luke Williamson and I will be providing updates for the game at St Mary's.

It's good to be back after the International Break!