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domingo, 16 de outubro de 2016
Southampton 3-1 Burnley: Charlie Austin double leads Saints to victory - 5 things we learned
Nathan Redmond also found the net for the Saints as they continued their impressive form despite Sam Vokes' late consolation penalty
Charlie Austin continued his hot-streak against his old club as Southamptonstretched their unbeaten run to seven games.
Austin inspired Southampton to victory with a brace against Burnley to make it seven goals in his last six games.
All the goals came in the second half with Claude Puel's men wrapping up the points with three goals in 13 minutes.
Austin opened the scoring from close range in the 52rd minute before Nathan Redmond drilled in the second on the hour.
Austin grabbed his second from the spot after Premier League debutant Sam McQueen was tripped by Johann Gudmundsson six minutes later.
Burnley striker Sam Vokes pulled back a late consolation against his boyhood club with another penalty with 18 minutes left.
Here are five things that we learned...
1. English goalkeepers impressing
England's goalkeepers will be well-represented in the save of the season discussions.
After Joe Hart's super stop against Slovenia in midweek, Burnley's Tom Heaton produced one that was even better against Southampton.
He dived full length to his left to fingertip behind Charlie Austin's fifth-minute header.
2. Benali's heroic homecoming
There was a torrential downpour and touching scenes at half-time as supporters from both clubs united to welcome Southampton stalwart Francis Benali back after his epic fund-raising challenge.
Just before kick-off Benali completed his two week mission to visit 44 clubs by running a marathon and cycling 75 miles every day as he tries to raise £1m for Cancer Research.
And he was given a rousing reception from both sets of fans as he performed a lap of honour at the break.
3. Another kid off Saints' production line
Claude Puel admitted he would probably need to make use of the club's academy to cope with the busy upcoming period and was as good as his word.
When Matt Targett went down injured, Puel called on youngster Sam McQueen to replace him at left-back.
It meant a Premier League debut for the 21 year-old local lad, who has been at the club since the age of eight.
4. Austin form could earn him England recall
Keep this form up and Charlie Austin might be in with a shout of an England recall.
He last made the squad in May 2015 but has been unable to produce a sustained run of form to get himself back in the picture.
But it is now seven goals in his last six games for the 27 year-old after his double against Burnley.
5. Burnley lack a goal threat
Their lack of goal threat will be a big concern for boss Sean Dyche.
They are the joint lowest scorers in the Premier League with just six and without main man Andre Gray, who has one more game of his ban to serve, they look especially toothless.
Their goal here came from the penalty spot through Sam Vokes and was their only attempt on target.