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Burnley 1-1 Southampton

Honours Even

By Martyn Robinson
March 28 2006

Martyn Robinson brings you tonight's match report as the Clarets pick up a point in a 1-1 draw with Southampton. Andy Gray scored his second goal in three games, but other recent signing Phil Bardsley puts through his own net.

Burnley 1-1 Southampton

Burnley continued their recent revival of form tonight by picking up a point at home to fellow strugglers Southampton. It was a night that saw former Claret Richard Chaplow return to Turf Moor.

Chaplow joined West Brom last season for £1.5m, but with first team chances limited at The Hawthorns, he finds himself currently on loan at the Saints. Chaplow joined in a deal which saw Nigel Quashie go the other way and join West Brom for around £1.5m. At the end of the season Chaplow will return to the Hawthorns when his loan deal expires. ‘Chappy’ picked up a slight knock in the 3-1 defeat to promotion hopefuls Watford, and the England Under-21 International also missed the 3-0 loss to Sheffield United, but returned tonight to face his former club.

Burnley fell behind in the first minute of the game through an own goal from on-loan defender Phil Bardsley. The ball was played in hard and low across the box to the back post where the Manchester United defender sliced his clearance into the back of the net. Burnley though bounced back nine minutes later with a superb Andy Gray goal. The Scottish International was played through by new signing Alan Mahon and was sent one-on-one with Saints keeper Kevin Miller. Gray cooly rounded him driving his shot past the arriving defenders.

The first half ended with the Clarets having the majority of possession, but with no real pressure being added to the visitors.

The second half started just like the first with Southampton having the bulk of possession, but then the game started to change and Burnley were not just having possession, but they were carving out plenty of chances.

New signing Alan Mahon hit a piledriver which was swerving in the strong wind. Mahon saw his shot smash off the top of the crossbar, what a way that would have been to open his Burnley account.

The pressure continued and a superb Jon Harley cross found youngster Chris McCann all alone in the box, but his effort was kept out by the legs of large Saints ‘keeper Kevin Miller. So in the end the second goal never came, but there were positives to be taken out of the game:

The Clarets are working as a team again.

Chances are being turned into goals.

The return, albeit brief, of tireless midfielder Micah Hyde.

It's another point in the bag, and after the run we've had, they're all welcome at the moment. The new players seem to be having an immediate impact, long may it continue.

Martyn Robinson.


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