Southampton’s much anticipated start to the Premier League season was cut short in a 3-0 defeat at Burnley.
Che Adams, who was making his debut, came close to an early opening goal before Nathan Redmond saw a shot tipped over the bar on the stroke of half-time — And that was the extent of Southampton’s push.
Ashley Barnes struck twice after the break for the Clarets and could’ve come away with a hat-trick only for Angus Gunn to deny the striker 10 minutes from full-time.
Johan Gudmundsson ensured it was a comprehensive victory for the hosts when he made it 3-0 with just over a quarter hour remaining.
Burnley had a goal ruled out, which was confirmed through VAR on 17 minutes, after Chris Wood hit the back of the net with Jack Stephens slipping in the build-up.
Sofiane Boufal came off the bench for Ralph Hasenhuttl following a season-long loan last year whilst former Saints man Jay Rodriguez made his debut return for Burnley after moving from West Brom in the summer.
Burnley: Pope, Lowton, Tarkowski, Mee, Pieters, Gudmundsson, Cork, Westwood, McNeil (Lennon 84), Wood, Barnes (Rodriguez 84).
Unused subs: Hart (GK), Hendrick, Gibson, Bardsley, Long.
Goals: Barnes (61, 71), Gudmundsson (74).
Southampton: Gunn, Bertrand, Bednarek, Vestergaard, Stephens (Hojbjerg 73), Valery, Romeu, Ward-Prowse (C), Ings (Obafemi 66), Adams (Boufal 73), Redmond.
Unused subs: McCarthy (GK), Cedric, Yoshida, Djenepo.