Match Report: Burnley 1-0 Southampton

Joey Barton came off the bench to score the winning goal as Burnley secured a 1-0 win against Southampton at Turf Moor.

In his first home match for the Clarets since re-joining the club in December, Barton broke the deadlock with a low free-kick just minutes after his introduction late in the match.

After a cagey opening period, the first chance of the game fell to Nathan Redmond who had a header deflected over the crossbar.

At the other end of the pitch, Ben Mee came close to breaking the deadlock with a shot from outside the area that drifted just wide of the post.

Despite a slow start to the game, shortly after the half-hour mark, the game sparked into life with Southampton peppering shots at Tom Heaton’s goal.

Redmond had a shot blocked before Mee saved the Clarets with a clearance off the line from Dusan Tadic’s effort.

The Saints had another chance to a lead into half-time with James Ward-Prowse’s header at the back post forcing Heaton into a good save.

In the second half, Jeff Hendrick attempted a volley from outside of the area but it curled just wide in what would’ve been a fantastic goal.

Burnley came close to scoring when Steven Defour’s shot from the edge of the area forced Fraser Forster into a low save.

Shane Long was inches away from scoring with a header from Cedric Soares’ cross that brushed the side-netting.

In the 75th minute Joey Barton came off the bench to rapturous applause and it was the midfielder who broke the deadlock, just four minutes after coming on with a low free-kick from 25 yards much to the delight of the Burnley faithful.

It was a frantic finish to the game with Heaton making a fantastic double save to deny Jay Rodriguez and then Josh Sims.

But the home side maintained their composure to secure their sixth win from seven games at Turf Moor.

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