Southampton secured their first points of the season with a 1-0 victory over Burnley on Saturday evening, as Danny Ings showed to be the distinction once once again for the Saints.
It took the site visitors just 4 mins to damage the predicament, after Kyle Walker-Peters divided the home protection with a beautiful via round, and also Ings was on hand to put away Che Adams’ exceptional cut-back. The first half after that passed with little occurrence, as both sides cancelled each various other out.
The second duration was just as as abrasive and also inefficient, with Burnley attempting (and also stopping working) to damage down an very persistent Southampton side. The South Coast club saw out the game skillfully to gain their first win of the brand-new project, condemning the Clarets to one more defeat.
Let’s take a look at the player rankings from a stagnant evening at Turf Moor.
Nick Pope (GK) – 6/10 – Beaten to the round by Adams in the build-up to Ings’ opener, and also had little else to do on a unsatisfactory evening.
Phil Bardsley (RB) – 6/10 – A generally relentless efficiency from Bardsley, that gave Djenepo the harsh therapy throughout the game. Probably need to have been sent off at some point.
Kevin Long (CB) – 6/10 – The best of the protective lot tonight. Left subjected from the off by his colleagues, but did the remainder of his duties well.
Jimmy Dunne (CB) – 5/10 – A challenging evening for the young person. Beaten also conveniently for the goal, and also had a hard time to keep up with the vigorous Adams, and also the scheming Ings.
Charlie Taylor (POUND) – 6/10 – A privileged 6. Taylor’s flank was torn to little bits after just 4 mins, and also Burnley were left going after the game from after that on. Not dazzling.
Josh Brownhill (RM) – 6/10 – Can’t truly remember him doing anything negative. Not also much excellent, either. Scored a excellent goal in midweek though…I assume.
Dale Stephens (CM) – 7/10 – Stephens slotted in like he’d played for Burnley all of his career. Solid addition to the squad.
Ashley Westwood (CM) – 5/10 – Possibly suffered a neck injury from watching the ball sail over his head for 90 minutes. Must be wondering why he bothers.
Dwight McNeil (LM) – 6/10 – The only guy with any spark in this side. So when he’s not on fire, then it’s damp squibs all over the shop.
Matej Vydra (ST) – 6/10 – Never quite looked like scoring tonight. And that’s kind of his job.
Chris Wood (ST) – 7/10 – Robbed of an excellently taken goal in the second half by a suspect offside decision and a frustratingly early whistle. Did his usual battering ram stuff and headed the ball a lot.
NONE. LITERALLY NONE. ARE YOU WITH US SEAN?
Alex McCarthy (GK) – 7/10 – Dealt with a bombardment of crosses very well, facing every ball with exceptional bravery. Pulled off a great save to deny Taylor in the second half.
Kyle Walker-Peters (RB) – 7/10 – Cut the Burnley defence apart with a beautiful through ball after only four minutes. Struggled to defend against the power and guile of McNeil, but stuck to his task.
Jann Vestergaard (CB) – 7/10 – Wasn’t quite as at ease as his partner, but refused to be intimidated by the fearsome presence of Wood and Vydra. Resolute.
Jan Bednarek (CB) – 7/10 – No defender must fancy coming up against Wood, you would certainly think. Bednarek clearly relished it though, going toe-to-toe in this physical battle. Repelled everything.
Ryan Bertrand (LB) – 7/10 – Excellent both in defence and attack, nullifying the forward advances of Brownhill and pegging Burnley back with his runs in behind.
Stuart Armstrong (RM) – 6/10 – Never really offered anything on the offensive, but he’s always up for a bit of graft. Dogged games require workers, and that’s what he was today.
James Ward-Prowse (CM) – 8/10 – Such a lovely player. Class stood head and shoulders above the abysmal football on show. Controlled the game for Saints, also offering his services at every given opportunity.
Oriol Romeu (CM) – 7/10 – A bitty, gritty player that broke up the play and rhythm all afternoon. If this game had a face, it’d that that of Romeu.
Moussa Djenepo (LM) – 6/10 – On the wrong end of some nasty tackles and sly fouls by Bardsley, but never gave up the fight. This is English football, enjoy.
Che Adams (ST) – 8/10 – Did brilliantly to lay Ings’ opener on a plate, cutting the round back smartly. Did all the running up top, working the defence from side to side and always looking to play in his partner. An underrated Robin to Saints’ Batman.
Danny Ings (ST) – 8/10 – Tapped home the opening goal with ease, to get the racking up underway. Lurked in unsafe locations, waiting on something to drop his means.
Michael Obafemi (ST) – 6/10
Nathan Tella (LM) – 6/10