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Southampton 1-2 Burnley: Matej Vydra’s first goal for SEVENTEEN months gives visitors crucial profit

Southampton 1-2 Burnley: Outcast Matej Vydra scores stunning first Premier League goal for SEVENTEEN months while the men of Sean Dyche move to the top half of the table

  • Matej Vydra scored a stunning goal to help Burnley defeat Southampton
  • Ashley Westwood bizarrely opened from a corner following an error by Danny Ings
  • Ings let the ball pass by, despite having time to clear, while the hosts were behind
  • Ings made up for it by firing a fierce attempt before Vydra hit the winner

Even the power and power of Storm Dennis could not deny Matej Vydra his moment of glory.

The swirling wind and the rain made any form of constant running football impossible in the stadium of St Mary.

Occasionally there was a glimpse of skill, because the elements made any kind of lottery work long … sometimes the ball fell too short, traveling more often than not too far.

Matej Vydra scored his first league goal in seventeen months when Burnley defeated Southampton

Matej Vydra scored his first league goal in seventeen months when Burnley defeated Southampton

Vydra controlled Jeff Hendrick's long ball before shooting past Saints keeper Alex McCarthy

Vydra controlled Jeff Hendrick's long ball before shooting past Saints keeper Alex McCarthy

Vydra controlled Jeff Hendrick’s long ball before shooting past Saints keeper Alex McCarthy

Ben Mee and Burnley got off to a good start when the corner of Ashley Westwood went straight in

Ben Mee and Burnley got off to a good start when the corner of Ashley Westwood went straight in

Ben Mee and Burnley got off to a good start when the corner of Ashley Westwood went straight in

MATCHING FACTS AND LEADING LIST

Southampton (4-4-2): McCarthy 6; Walker-Peters 6 (Obafemi 73 6), Stephens 7, Vestergaard 6, Bertrand 6; Boufal 6 (Djenepo 39 6), Ward-Prowse 6, Hojbjerg 6, Armstrong 6; Lung 6 (Adams 86 5), Ings 6

Substitute substances that are not used: Romeu, Smallbone, Gunn, Bednarek

Goal maker: Ings 18

booked: Vestergaard, Obafemi

Manager: Ralph Hasenhuttl 7

Burnley (4-4-2): Pope 6; Bardsley 6, Tarkowski 8, Mee 7, Taylor 6; Hendrick 6, Westwood 7, Cork 7, McNeil 6; Rodriguez 6, Wood 6 (Vydra 22 6)

Substitute substances that are not used: Brownhill, Brady, Hart, Pieters, Lennon, Long

goal scorers: Westwood 2, Vydra 60

booked: Hendrick, Mee

Manager: Sean Dyche 7

Referee: Simon Hooper 7

Man of the competition: James Tarkowski

attendance: 26,302

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But on the hour the cameo came from Vydra. Jeff Hendrick hit an excellent 35-meter pass and the Czech international gathered possession, accelerated to the left and then produced an unstoppable effort that made Southampton’s goalkeeper Alex McCarthy helpless.

“The boys then looked for him in the dressing room,” said Burnley manager Seam Dyche. “He had to be patient and wait for his chance, and he did that. There was talk of his departure in the transfer window in January. Not mine wasn’t there. I want him here. “

In fact, it was a goal worth every game. In reality, it was a goal that a game needed. Storm Dennis took care of that.

The weather – “terrible conditions,” Dyche said – played his part in the first two minutes after Burnley forced a corner. Ashley Westwood hit the ball low and hard and Southampton striker Danny Ings – guard of the nearby post – assumed that the right to goal went out. For someone who usually knows his way around a penalty area, Ings misunderstood when he watched with horror as the ball flew into the Southampton net.

The goal came after former Burnley man Danny Ings left the ball so that Alex McCarthy could claim

The goal came after former Burnley man Danny Ings left the ball so that Alex McCarthy could claim

The goal came after former Burnley man Danny Ings left the ball so that Alex McCarthy could claim

But Southampton ahead Ings made up for it by firing an emphatic equalizer soon afterwards

But Southampton ahead Ings made up for it by firing an emphatic equalizer soon afterwards

But Southampton ahead Ings made up for it by firing an emphatic equalizer soon afterwards

Ings' 15th goal of the season came after he controlled the defenders and used them as shields

Ings' 15th goal of the season came after he controlled the defenders and used them as shields

Ings’ 15th goal of the season came after he controlled the defenders and used them as shields

“He thought it went wide,” said Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhuttl. Ings is much more at home at the other end of the field and he showed that in the 18th minute.

He shuffled over the edge of the area and then produced a stunning finish to give Nick Pope no chance. It was Ing’s 15th Premier League goal of the season and the brand of strike that evoked the prospect of a call-up in England. It would be foolish to rule that out.

James Tarkowski and Ben Mee had to be at their best to subdue Ings on a day when character was just as important as individual skills. Tarkowski in particular had to deal with every ball hurled into the Burnley area during the late Southampton revival.

And so it was Vydra’s day. He started the day on the couch. Even an injury to the regular first choice Ashley Barnes could not give him a starting place. It is a role with which Vydra is familiar. Saturday was his 19th appearance for Burnley and 16 were replacements.

Burnley's injury problems increased because striker Chris Wood had to be withdrawn in the first half

Burnley's injury problems increased because striker Chris Wood had to be withdrawn in the first half

Burnley’s injury problems increased because striker Chris Wood had to be withdrawn in the first half

Southampton also suffered when the creative Sofiane Boufal had to come off with his left boot

Southampton also suffered when the creative Sofiane Boufal had to come off with his left boot

Southampton also suffered when the creative Sofiane Boufal had to come off with his left boot

Jack Stephens came within inches of completing the comeback with a header header

Jack Stephens came within inches of completing the comeback with a header header

Jack Stephens came within inches of completing the comeback with a header header

It was indeed an injury to Chris Wood that led to his opening on Saturday. He took his chance and the message from Dyche was clear: “Now to you.”

Dyche said: ‘He is a great professional and look, nobody likes to see his name on the team magazine. But he trains well, works hard and if you get the chance, you have to take it. ”

Vydra certainly did that. And Southampton paid the price for not making the most of their superiority in the first half. They came closest when Jack Stephens hit the bar with a glance.

It is true that Burnley had to survive a late fear when Dyche went through a ‘heart to mouth’ moment when the ball was hit against Ben Mee’s arm. A VAR check confirmed referee Simon Hooper’s decision to award a corner.

Sean Dyche cut a frustrated figure at the end of the first half as his side struggled to get out

Sean Dyche cut a frustrated figure at the end of the first half as his side struggled to get out

Sean Dyche cut a frustrated figure at the end of the first half as his side struggled to get out

But in the second half, Vydra set St Mary's on fire with a delightful piece of individual skill

But in the second half, Vydra set St Mary's on fire with a delightful piece of individual skill

But in the second half, Vydra set St Mary’s on fire with a delightful piece of individual skill

“I didn’t think it was a punishment,” Dyche said. ‘But you just don’t know how some decisions went. I only hope that there is a way to streamline the process without long waiting. “

“I’m not talking about VAR,” Hasenhuttl said. He currently has enough on his plate to be honest – namely the home form of Southampton and a growing injury list of key players.

“Perhaps we are better off because no one expects us,” said Hassenhuttl. And the news about injuries won’t help.

Influential winger Nathan Redmond will come out for at least a month – “maybe two,” the manager said – and the talented Sofiane Boufal had to finish in the first half.

As for Southampton, it’s a sick wind and all that …

Ralph Hasenhuttl was further furious when his party was denied a late punishment

Ralph Hasenhuttl was further furious when his party was denied a late punishment

Ralph Hasenhuttl was further furious when his party was denied a late punishment

Cross by defender Stephens touched Mee's hand, but VAR did not find it a criminal offense

Cross by defender Stephens touched Mee's hand, but VAR did not find it a criminal offense

Cross by defender Stephens touched Mee’s hand, but VAR did not find it a criminal offense

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