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Southampton 0 Burnley 1
By Burnley FC
November 4 2017

Southampton fan Sam Vokes ended Burnley’s St Mary’s Stadium hoodoo with late winner which lifted the Clarets into the top six of the Premier League.

   Hampshire-born Vokes supported the Saints when he was growing up and had to buy extra tickets to satisfy friends and family.

   And it proved a shrewd investment for those wanting to see him do well as the big striker came off the bench to head Sean Dyche’s men to a third away win of the season.

   Another immaculate defensive display – backed up by the peerless Nick Pope – again laid the foundations as the Clarets racked up a fourth clean sheet in six games.

  And Dyche’s bold substitutions then paid off as Vokes scored his first goal since the opening-day win at Chelsea, which lit the touch-paper to Burnley’s flying start to the season, to send the Clarets’ traveling fans home delirious – again.

  Burnley hadn’t won a top-flight game at Southampton in eight previous attempts and last season’s 3-1 defeat just over 12 months ago came at a time when Dyche’s men were struggling to make a mark away from Turf Moor.

   Fast forward 12 months, and things could barely be more different with Burnley having previously lost just once on the road.

   And that determination not to give any ground was apparent in a first half in which the visitors threw up a claret and blue wall to keep the Saints at bay and then look to pounce on the attack.

   Johann Berg Gudmundsson twice cut in to fire efforts wide, while Robbie Brady went close to picking out Chris Wood on the striker’s return to action after missing last Monday night’s win over Newcastle United with a hamstring injury.

   But it was largely a containing job in the first 45 minutes as Burnley’s rock-solid back four stood firm again, with the help of Steven Defour and ex-Southampton midfielder Jack Cork doing an excellent screening job in front of them.

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Match Report