Saints Held at Turf Moor
• Austin 53'
• Schneiderlin 80'
Saturday, 24 September 2011
Match Report :
This was a game we could well have lost and probably should have won, but in the end a draw should be seen as a decent result.
For much of this match we were second best, but in the last twenty minutes we turned on the style. There were chances that, on another day Lambert and Lallana would have tucked away without a second thought. As fans we must accept that there are going to be days when everything doesn't always go to plan.
For all that there were some real positives to take from the game. Hooiveld continues to gain in stature with another good game. Already he is looking like a shoe-in as Fonte's partner in the centre of the Saints defence. The other positive which springs to mind is the quality of the crossing from Fox. This is what we paid more than a million for.
After the mid-week distraction of the Carling Cup game it was back to normal league business again and the Saints team that even a blind man could predict was selected again.
Although Rickie Lambert had a good chance early on, the rest of the first half was almost entirely forgettable.
As the second half started, the largely ineffective Guly was replaced by Chaplow, presumably to try and wrest the initiative back from Burnley.
It didn't work. In the 53rd minute a Rodriguez knockdown was hammered past Davis by Austin (Oh how we hate him!).
Gradually Adkins realised what is obvious to everyone, that you should never, ever play both Hammond and Chaplow in the same midfield. So he took off Hammond and sent on Schneiderlin.
This did work and Saints began to look businesslike. Openings were carved out, but missed.
Finally in the 80th minute, yet another cross from Fox was missed by several defenders and there was Schneiderlin to pounce on the loose ball and prod it past Grant in the Burnley goal.
As Nigel Adkins said after the match, at that point there was only ever going to be one team winning the game and that was Saints. Unfortunately Rickie Lambert then headed against the crossbar and Lallana broke through the massed ranks of the Burnley defenders, only to shoot wide.
So time ran out and the game finished 1-1.
Saints will have to pick things up a notch, or two if they are are to get anything out of the Cardiff game during the week.
07 Wallace (Hines 87)
11 Stanislas (Marney 73)
23 Austin (MacDonald 90+2)
10 Guly (Chaplow 46)
14 Hammond (Schneiderlin 62)
33 De Ridder