Southampton's Austin sinks Burnley, Watford beat 'Boro

Sun Oct 16, 2016 2:32pm EDT
 
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By Neil Robinson

(Reuters) - Southampton's rich vein of form in the Premier League continued as they beat Burnley 3-1 with two goals from Charlie Austin on Sunday while another promoted side, Middlesbrough, fared just as poorly, losing 1-0 at home to Watford.

With Hull City having crashed 6-1 at Bournemouth on Saturday, the top flight is proving an unforgiving environment for the teams who came up this season with all three now mired at the bottom end of table after posting impressive starts.

Sunday's defeat could have been worse for Championship winners Burnley had goalkeeper Tom Heaton not produced an inspired performance before Austin took his tally to seven goals in six games with a 52nd minute strike and 66th minute penalty.

In between, the impressive Nathan Redmond also found the net as Southampton took their unbeaten run to seven games.

"I've got seven goals in the last six but we are seven unbeaten, that's the main thing," said Austin. "We knew it would be a frustrating afternoon if we didn't score early but once we scored one we kicked on.

"This team will always create chances, it's a dream for any striker. I am in the right place at the right time."

The combination of Austin's instincts and Redmond's pace is paying rich dividends for the Saints, who are brimming with confidence ahead of this week's visits to Inter Milan, in the Europa League, and Manchester City, in the Premier League.

The only downside for Southampton, who are now eighth, was that they conceded their first goal in more than 10 hours of soccer when Sam Vokes scored from the penalty spot after 72 minutes.   Continued...

 
Britain Football Soccer - Southampton v Burnley - Premier League - St Mary's Stadium - 16/10/16. Southampton's Charlie Austin celebrates scoring their first goal. Reuters / Stefan Wermuth