Ashley Barnes’ penalty deep into second-half stoppage-time salvaged a draw for Burnley against fellow strugglers Southampton at Turf Moor.

Barnes calmly stroked home from the spot after Jack Stephens had handled the ball inside the box under pressure from substitute Peter Crouch.

Nathan Redmond had given Southampton the lead earlier in the second half when he picked up Jan Bednarek’s pass and fired a low shot into the bottom corner from around 20 yards.

Burnley were convinced they had won a penalty in the first half when Barnes appeared to be brought down by Southampton goalkeeper Alex McCarthy, but referee Anthony Taylor booked the 29-year-old for simulation.

Saints striker Danny Ings had the best opportunity of the opening 45 minutes, firing straight at Tom Heaton in a one-on-one situation before being forced off with an injury.

Barnes struck the bar late on after latching on to Johann Berg Gudmundsson’s flick on, but he made no mistake from the spot 10 minutes later.

The two teams are locked on 24 points with Southampton 16th and Burnley 17th.

All’s well that ends well for Burnley

Despite collecting 11 points from their previous five league games – fewer only than Manchester United and Manchester City – Burnley went into Saturday’s game just four points above the drop zone.

It looked as though the Clarets were going to slip to their first defeat of the new year after Redmond’s magnificent strike, but Barnes’ late penalty stretched their unbeaten run to six league matches.

Dyche will have been stunned at the decision not to award his side a penalty in the first half when McCarthy brought down Barnes, who reacted furiously at being shown a yellow card by Taylor.

Burnley had gone 67 games without a penalty in the Premier League prior to Saturday, but that long wait came to an end when Stephens inexplicably handled the ball inside the area – under pressure from Clarets debutant Crouch.

The 38-year-old came on in the 75th minute and caused havoc in the Southampton rearguard, having a goal-bound shot blocked by Gudmundsson before forcing Stephens into conceding the decisive spot-kick.

It could prove to be an important point for the Dyche’s side, who face trips to Brighton and Newcastle either side of a home clash with Tottenham later this month.

Saints rue missed chances

Southampton were perhaps fortunate to draw against fellow strugglers Crystal Palace on Wednesday, but they should have picked up a win here after defending doggedly for the majority of the second half.

They came under intense pressure towards the end of the game as Barnes missed two glaring opportunities to level before firing past McCarthy from 12 yards, but the visitors had created the better chances up to that point.

Ings should have given Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side the lead in the first half after running on to Matt Targett’s long pass, but the Liverpool loanee fired straight at Heaton.

Phil Bardsley cleared off the line within minutes of the restart after Chris Wood inadvertently flicked another Targett delivery towards his own net, before Heaton produced a fine one-handed save from James Ward-Prowse’s header.

Victory would have lifted the Saints level on points with 14th-placed Crystal Palace, but Barnes’ late penalty leaves them perilously close to the drop zone – despite their improved form under Hasenhuttl.

They will be desperate to return to winning ways at home to 18th-placed Cardiff next weekend.

Line-ups

Burnley

  • 1Heaton
  • 26BardsleyBooked at 35mins
  • 5Tarkowski
  • 6MeeBooked at 84mins
  • 3Taylor
  • 13HendrickSubstituted forBerg Gudmundssonat 58′minutes
  • 18Westwood
  • 4Cork
  • 31McNeilSubstituted forBradyat 81′minutes
  • 10BarnesBooked at 33mins
  • 11WoodSubstituted forCrouchat 76′minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Berg Gudmundsson
  • 12Brady
  • 14Gibson
  • 15Crouch
  • 20Hart
  • 23Ward
  • 27Vydra

Southampton

  • 1McCarthy
  • 35Bednarek
  • 5Stephens
  • 4Vestergaard
  • 16Ward-Prowse
  • 55Slattery
  • 14Romeu
  • 17ArmstrongSubstituted forValeryat 77′minutes
  • 33TargettBooked at 89mins
  • 22RedmondSubstituted forAustinat 87′minutes
  • 9IngsSubstituted forLongat 27′minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Long
  • 10Austin
  • 11Elyounoussi
  • 28Gunn
  • 32Jones
  • 39Sims
  • 43Valery
Referee:
Anthony Taylor
Attendance:
19,787

Match Stats

Home TeamBurnleyAway TeamSouthampton
Possession
Home54%
Away46%
Shots
Home15
Away10
Shots on Target
Home6
Away4
Corners
Home4
Away2
Fouls
Home10
Away9

Live Text

Match ends, Burnley 1, Southampton 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Burnley 1, Southampton 1.

Goal!

Goal! Burnley 1, Southampton 1. Ashley Barnes (Burnley) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom right corner.

Penalty conceded by Jack Stephens (Southampton) with a hand ball in the penalty area.

Foul by Ashley Westwood (Burnley).

Callum Slattery (Southampton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Booking

Matt Targett (Southampton) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Johann Gudmundsson (Burnley).

Callum Slattery (Southampton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Burnley. Conceded by Jannik Vestergaard.

Substitution

Substitution, Southampton. Charlie Austin replaces Nathan Redmond.

Foul by Peter Crouch (Burnley).

Jack Stephens (Southampton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt saved. Ashley Barnes (Burnley) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Ashley Westwood with a cross.

Booking

Ben Mee (Burnley) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Ben Mee (Burnley).

Nathan Redmond (Southampton) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Ashley Barnes (Burnley) hits the bar with a right footed shot from the centre of the box. Assisted by Johann Gudmundsson with a headed pass.

Substitution

Substitution, Burnley. Robbie Brady replaces Dwight McNeil.

Attempt blocked. Peter Crouch (Burnley) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Johann Gudmundsson with a cross.

Attempt blocked. Johann Gudmundsson (Burnley) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Attempt saved. Ashley Barnes (Burnley) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Substitution

Substitution, Southampton. Yan Valery replaces Stuart Armstrong.

Substitution

Substitution, Burnley. Peter Crouch replaces Chris Wood.

Corner, Burnley. Conceded by James Ward-Prowse.

Attempt missed. Ashley Barnes (Burnley) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Johann Gudmundsson with a cross.

Attempt blocked. Phil Bardsley (Burnley) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Johann Gudmundsson.

Attempt blocked. Matt Targett (Southampton) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Stuart Armstrong.

Offside, Burnley. Ashley Barnes tries a through ball, but Chris Wood is caught offside.

Foul by Jack Stephens (Southampton).

Ashley Barnes (Burnley) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt saved. James Tarkowski (Burnley) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Johann Gudmundsson with a cross.

Corner, Burnley. Conceded by Oriol Romeu.

Substitution

Substitution, Burnley. Johann Gudmundsson replaces Jeff Hendrick.

Foul by Jack Stephens (Southampton).

Ben Mee (Burnley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Southampton. Conceded by James Tarkowski.

Goal!

Goal! Burnley 0, Southampton 1. Nathan Redmond (Southampton) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Jan Bednarek.

Attempt saved. James Ward-Prowse (Southampton) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Matt Targett with a cross.

Attempt saved. James Tarkowski (Burnley) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Dwight McNeil.

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