Southampton 2-2 Burnley: The Warm Down
Tino Livramento's header makes it 1-1: Eddie Keugh/GettyImages

It was a point-a-piece in a thriller on the South Coast, a result that will delight neither Southampton or Burnley in their quest for Premier League survival. Both teams had their moments but a draw felt like the fairest result. 

Terrific Tino

Tino Livramento was the best player on the pitch. He was caught out for the opening goal but his response to that miscalculation was first class. The full-back was running the right-hand channel at times, full of energy and technical excellence. 

It isn't the first time he has impressed. The 18-year-old plays with the confidence of a 28-year-old and his astronomic rise since leaving the Chelsea academy has been incredible. He honestly wouldn't look out of place in Thomas Tuchel's current setup. 

After whipping in a number of teasing balls, before rattling the post on his weaker foot, it was only fitting that Livramento was the man to head home the first Southampton goal. 

Just one Cornetto 

Maxwel Cornet is quickly becoming a cult hero in East Lancashire. 

Cornet ended his time at Lyon as a left-back but there will be no danger of the Ivory Coast international slipping into the defence at Burnley. In actual fact, he's spending large periods sitting just behind the striker. You can't get much more advanced than that! 

At Lyon, Cornet was a small part of an exciting team but he is clearly the brightest star at Burnley already. His speed and his flair is simply not rivalled by anybody in the playing squad. 

Cornet's end product is a little hit and miss but he was bang on the money at St Mary's. A clinical header was followed up by a wonderfully taken half-volley. We have seen the 25-year-old score the spectacular whilst missing the more routine opportunities, but his enigmatic style needs to be allowed to thrive. 

<strong><a  data-cke-saved-href='https://vavel.com/en/football/2021/09/24/premier-league/1086973-leicester-city-vs-burnley-preview-how-to-watch-kick-off-time-team-news-predicted-lineups-and-ones-to-watch.html' href='https://vavel.com/en/football/2021/09/24/premier-league/1086973-leicester-city-vs-burnley-preview-how-to-watch-kick-off-time-team-news-predicted-lineups-and-ones-to-watch.html'>Maxwel Cornet</a></strong> celebrates his second goal: David Horton - CameraSport/GettyImages
Maxwel Cornet celebrates his second goal: David Horton - CameraSport/GettyImages

Blunt attack 

Ralph Hasenhuttl must be commended for keeping Southampton on the front foot and competitive. 

Danny Ings was pretty much a guarantee of a double-figure goal tally season in season out — a Premier League proven striker. The Saints have a lot of troublesome options in attack but they do not have that guarantee of goals. If they did, they'd be in the top-half of the table at this moment in time. 

Armando Broja looks to be a handful and he took his goal well in the second-half — his second goal in two matches. But they cannot rely on the young Chelsea loanee to be their leading source of goals. It's unrealistic and unfair to place that burden on him. 

Sadly, the likes of Che AdamsNathan Redmond and Theo Walcott are too erratic with their finishing. Walcott snatched at a good opportunity in this match and Redmond managed to put in an entry for the miss of the season. A clinical team kills the match off in the opening 45 minutes. 

Strong jaw broken?

Sean Dyche has often been praised for his ability to work miracles on a shoestring budget. Those miracles were built on strong defensive foundations and, while they haven't been shattered, those foundations are starting to look a little wobbly. 

The Burnley manager would have been tearing his hair out on the first goal. Defensive organisation from set-pieces should be bread and butter for his men. Leaving Livramento unmarked in and around the six-yard box is nothing short of a criminal offence. 

The second goal is much easier to rectify. A major lapse in concentration from James Tarkowski at the worst possible time. He doesn't do that very often but, just like Nick Pope against Leicester City a few weeks ago, it's a goal that has badly hampered Burnley's efforts in a tightly fought match. 

There has been a lot to like in Burnley's performances this season. A little bit more progression when in possession of the ball and a greater focus on applying the press. However, they need to remember their roots a little bit. You can't take the basics for granted. 

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