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Burnley defeats Southampton 2-0

Classic Southampton.

Burnley v Southampton - Premier League Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images

Relegation-threatened Burnely picked up a vital three points in their fight for survival at the expense of Southampton at Turf Moor on Thursday.

Connor Roberts scored his first goal for Burnley whilst Nathan Collins added a tally on the stroke of half-time in a 2-0 win — the first without the sacked Sean Dyche.

Burnley could’ve been further ahead, but they missed a slew of chances and were denied a further margin by Fraser Forster.

Oriol Romeu failed to convert to quality chances either side of Roberts’ opening goal after popping up in the box on two occasions and headed wide from both.

Che Adams had a chance to pull one back after the break, but was denied a look on target by a last-ditch tackle from James Tarkowski.

The full-time whistle brought Burnley within a point of Everton on 28 points from 32 games.

Southampton, meanwhile, had a chance to leap frog Leicester into ninth place in the table, but couldn’t back up their win over Arsenal.

Saints are still in a comfortable position as the season draws to a close with 39 points from 33 games.

Burnley (4-4-2): Pope; Taylor, Tarkowski, Collins, Roberts; Cornet (Lennon), Cork, Brownhill, McNeil (Lowton 88); Weghorst (Vydra 78), Rodriguez

Unused subs: Hennessey (GK), Stephens, Barnes, Long, Costelloe, Bardsley

Goals: Roberts (12), Collins (44)

Bookings: Cork (38), Tarkowski (73)

Southampton (3-1-4-3): Forster; Valery, Bednarek, Lyanco; Romeu; Perraud, S. Armstrong (Adams), Ward-Prowse, Walker-Peters (Livramento 83); Broja, Elyounoussi (Redmond)

Unused subs: Caballero (GK), Tella, Salisu, Long, Diallo, A. Armstrong

Goals: None

Bookings: Bednarek (73), Perraud (80)