Southampton’s Charlie Austin struck twice and Nathan Redmond also scored to secure a comfortable 3-1 win against Burnley at St Mary’s in the Premier League on Sunday.
Austin has now got seven goals in six games but with better control – and against a less impressive keeper than Tom Heaton – he could have had a hat-trick before he scrambled the ball in from close range for the opener after 52 minutes.
Heaton had earlier denied the former Burnley favourite with a marvellous one-handed diving save and also foiled Redmond before the winger backed off a corner and fired cleanly past the keeper for Southampton’s second on the hour.
Austin added the third with a penalty in the 66th after Sam McQueen was tripped while Sam Vokes netted a spot kick for Burnley in the 72nd – their first away goal this season and the first Southampton have conceded in over 10 hours of football.
MIDDLESBROUGH 0 WATFORD 1
A goal out of nowhere from Jose Holebas on Sunday inspired Watford to a 1-0 win at Middlesbrough, who have now gone six games without a Premier League win.
The visitors gave club-record signing Isaac Success his first start and Middlesbrough’s Antonio Barragan was fortunate to still be on the pitch at halftime after holding back the lively Nigerian while on a yellow card.
Success was involved in Watford’s opener after going down on the edge of the area. Boro only managed to clear the ball to Holebas who, with little danger apparent, unleashed a 20-metre left-footed shot past Victor Valdes on 54 minutes.
Boro thought they should have had a penalty when Calum Chambers was challenged by Holebas in the area but could have few complaints after another toothless display in front of their home fans, who have yet to see them win in the Premier League this season.