Burnley 1-1 Southampton: Ashley Barnes scores stoppage-time penalty
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By Frederick Clayton
Last Updated: 02/02/19 11:12pm
Ashley Barnes scored a stoppage-time penalty as Burnley went unbeaten for a sixth game in the league with an entertaining 1-1 draw with Southampton.
Danny Ings wasted a great chance in the opening minutes before being forced off with an injury, while Barnes was enraged when denied a penalty on the half-hour mark.
Nathan Redmond finally opened the scoring with a wonderful long-rage effort in the 55th minute, but Southampton were unable to hold on to their lead as a dominant Burnley equalised when Barnes scored a penalty in the fourth minute of added time.
The result means that the two sides stay level on 24 points, five points above the relegation zone.
Burnley: Heaton (7), Taylor (7), Tarkowski (6), Mee (6), Bardsley (7), Cork (6), Westwood (6), McNeil (7), Hendrick (5), Wood (5), Barnes (7)
Subs: Gudmundsson (7), Brady (6), Crouch (7)
Southampton: McCarthy (7), Bednarek (7), Stephens (5), Vestergaard (7), Targett (8), Slattery (7). Ward-Prowse (6), Romeu (5), Armstrong (6), Redmond (7), Ings (6)
Subs: Long (4), Austin (5), Valery (5)
Man of the match: Matthew Targett
The best chance of a competitive first half came when Matthew Targett played Ings through on goal. Ings, under pressure by Ben Mee, managed a shot on target but could only poke at the chest of Burnley keeper Tom Heaton.
Ings was then forced off on 26 minutes, taking the spring out of Southampton's steps and allowing Burnley the better chances as the first half drew to a close.
Barnes was furious to be denied a penalty when brought down by Alex McCarthy in the box, prompting the striker to scream at the linesman and receive a booking.
Southampton made two changes to the side that drew with Crystal palace in midweek, while Burnley named an unchanged side to the one that drew 2-2 at Old Trafford. New signing Peter Crouch started on the bench.
Phil Bardsley cleared a Stuart Armstrong header off the line early in the second half, as Saints pushed for an opener.
They were rewarded when Jan Bednarek found Redmond 30 yards out who drove at a Burnley defence before striking the ball beyond Heaton from outside the box.
Saints sat back following their excellent opener, and Burnley responded by bringing on Deadline Day signing Peter Crouch. Burnley then went close with Barnes firing a shot against the bar before Crouch was influential in winning the late penalty that Barnes duly dispatched.
The result means that both sides keep their unbeaten runs, but failed to put more space between themselves and the relegation zone.
- Burnley are winless in their last 14 Premier League games played in February (D7 L7) since winning their first ever such game in the month in 2010 (2-1 vs West Ham).
- Southampton have won eight points in their last four Premier League away games (W2 D2), as many as they managed in their previous 11.
- Southampton are unbeaten in five Premier League games (W2 D3), their longest run without defeat in the competition since October 2016 (also 5 games).
- Peter Crouch became the second oldest player to play for Burnley in the Premier League (38y 3d) after Graham Alexander in May 2010 (38y 211d).
- Burnley's Peter Crouch has played for seven different clubs in the Premier League, with only Marcus Bent appearing for more (8, with Craig Bellamy, Andrew Cole, Wayne Routledge and Tal Ben Haim also managing 7).
- Ashley Barnes has scored 15 goals for Burnley in the league since the start of last season, more than any other player at the club.
Sean Dyche: "I thought we were excellent throughout, I thought we kept knocking on the door, and at last we get a penalty and it should've been two.
"I've seen some amazing penalties in the Premier League, we haven't had one in 67. It's impossible it's not two."
Ralph Hassenhuttl: "It was a fair result, if you see the 90 minutes, we had a few situations we were lucky. We showed again that we are hard to beat, and that's what's important to me."
Man of the match: Matthew Targett
Southampton's best attacking outlet created problems for the Burnley defence all evening, creating three chances for his team-mates and taking two shots himself. Unlucky not to be on the winning side.
Southampton host Cardiff at St Mary's stadium next weekend, while Burnley travel to Brighton.