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Published: 17:34 | 16/10/16

Austin nets twice as Saints beat Burnley

Charlie Austin netted twice against former club Burnley as Southampton ran out 3-1 winners at St Marys.

Austin - who has now netted five times in three Premier League games against his old side, opened the scoring in the 52nd minute after he turned the ball over the line following a goal-line scramble.

Nathan Redmond doubled the Saints lead eight minutes later when his whizzed shot squeezed past the helpless Tom Heaton.

Austin wrapped up the win for Claude Puel’s side when he converted from the spot after Sam McQueen was impeded in the area by Johann Berg Gudmundsson.

Burnley hit back with a consolation in the 71st minute after Dušan Tadic was judged to have impeded in the box, Sam Vokes clinically finished to give the Premier League minnows the slimmest of hopes.

Sean Dyche will hope his side can get their campaign back on track when host Everton on the 22nd of October while Southampton will need to display the qualities they did today when they travel to face Manchester City on the 23rd.

Austin was centimetres away from opening the scoring against his former team-mates in the 5th minute after his precise headed attempt was superbly saved by the in-form Tom Heaton.

The former Manchester United goalkeeper was called into action again minutes later as he stopped Dušan Tadic’s effort from just inside the area.

Southampton, and in particular Redmond, upped gears approaching half-time and the former Norwich City man was unlucky not to put the Saints ahead when his snapshot was again saved by the ever-present Heaton.

Austin was guilty of another missed opportunity in the 43rd minute when he failed to make any significant contact from a wonderful Redmond cross.

Steve Davis and Jay Rodriguez missed opportunities late on for the hosts, but the damage was done as Burnley now drop to 14th, a point off the relegation zone.

Southampton seemed to have turned a corner after their inconsistent start to the season and now sit 8th, four points off the top four.

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