Southampton 2-2 Burnley: Maxwel Cornet’s double denies consecutive wins to Saints as visitors still winless
- Southampton and Burnley drew 2-2 in an exciting match at St Mary’s
- Burnley took the lead with a header from Cornet in the 13th minute.
- Tino Livramento got the Saints a deserved draw four minutes before the break
- Armando Broja, on loan from Chelsea, scored five minutes into the second half
- But Cornet’s punch earned Burnley a point, but they still don’t win
Prior to this, only one team had lost more Premier League games in 2021 than Burnley (17). Yes, you guessed it: Southampton at the front at 18. Perhaps we shouldn’t be surprised, then, by the extremes both sides went to to throw in a game each had within their grasp. The only impact? Neither of us did enough to be successful.
And so at the end of the insane 90 minutes, the spoils were shared and both banks were left in the ruin of what could have been.
Ralph Hasenhuttl will point out the countless opportunities his team turned down, but also the mettle Southampton showed to come from behind and lead through Tino Livramento and Armando Broja.
Maxwell Cornet gave Burnley the lead with a well-executed header after just 13 minutes
The Saints tied through Tino Livramento’s header four minutes before halftime.
MATCH FACTS AND CLASSIFICATIONS
Southampton (4-4-2): McCarthy 6.5; Livramento 8, Bednarek 6, Salisu 6.5, Perraud 6; Walcott 5 (S Armstrong 74, 6), Romeu 6.5, Diallo 6.5, Elyounoussi 6.5; Broja 7 (Adams 79, 6), Redmond 7 (A Armstrong 89, 6)
Unused Subs: Forster, Walker-Peters, Lyanco, Djenepo, Tella, Valery
Goals: Livramento 41, Broja 50
Coach: Ralph Hasenhuttl 6.5
Burnley (4-5-1): Pope 6; Lowton 7, Tarkowski 7, Collins 6.5, Taylor 6; Cornet 7.5 (Gudmundsson 78, 6), Cork 6.5 (Rodriguez 70, 6), Westwood 6.5, Brownhill 6, McNeil 7; Wood 6 (Vydra 90.6)
Unused Subs: Hennessey, Barnes, Lennon, Pieters, Bardsley, Long
Goals: Cornet 13, 57
Yellow: Westwood, Cork, Rodriguez
Coach: Sean Dyche 7
Referee: Chris Kavanagh 7
Sean Dyche will regret the way Burnley collapsed after making an early breakthrough, and his inability to push home a change in momentum provided by Maxwel Cornet’s brilliant EQ.
Sadly, it’s now 12 games without a win for Burnley, their worst joint streak in Premier League history.
Southampton have only managed one in 11, but the frustrations will linger after they have sent in as many goals here as they have in the rest of this season’s home games combined.
Particularly given Cornet’s first game, his second of three goals in four league appearances, it was the first sign of life, or any real quality, at St Mary’s.
Sure both the setup and finish were packed with quality, but the Saints offered little resistance as Matt Lowton was allowed to throw a beautiful cross to the back post, where Cornet cut in front of Livramento to look at a post header. . .
That provided the visitors with a foothold to frustrate and the first shouts of lost time rained down from the stands shortly after.
However, the Credit Hasenhuttl players woke up from their slumber and ignored any histrionics to besiege Burnley’s goal.
Broja seized a great opportunity off the foot of Mohamed Elyounoussi, who then saw a header off the post from Nick Pope.
Burnley still posed a threat: The orderly interaction between Chris Wood, Cornet and Dwight McNeil ended with Wood forcing a smart save from Alex McCarthy.
As halftime approached, however, Dyche’s side began to falter. They eventually collapsed, however how it took until the 41st minute confused everyone. Not least Hasenhuttl, who appeared on the brink of combustion when, in the space of two minutes, Theo Walcott swerved from 15 yards, Redmond missed the target from no more than three, and Livramento’s effort retreated from Pope’s post.
The hosts went ahead thanks to a loan from Chelsea, Armando Broja, five minutes after the break.
The 18-year-old was entitled to release from the Saints and was the home team’s most fruitful outing at all times. It was rather in keeping with the surge of insanity, then, that his most decisive contribution came from within the crowded confines of the penalty area. Four minutes before the break, Livramento ran into Redmond’s corner.
His head butt bounced off the roof of Pope’s net and disbelief belatedly gave way to relief at St. Mary’s.
The noise went up another notch shortly after the break when Burnley gave the Saints a second: James Tarkowski’s woeful pass from defense was cut off by Ibrahima Diallo, who dropped a pass for Broja to finish in front of Pope. Everything quite simple. Unfortunately, Southampton has forgotten the route to the easy road.
Cornet had drifted to the periphery of the game until Ashley Westwood lifted a hopeful ball into the Southampton penalty area. Out of nowhere, Cornet stepped in front of Jan Bednarek and hit the bouncing ball for the first time past McCarthy.
From there, Burnley could (and probably should have) snatched all three points. McNeil sent a fierce effort over the bar; Westwood fired just past the post. Meanwhile, frustration bubbled up around St Mary’s once more.
Cornet put Burnley up there with a forceful blow from outside the area for his second of the day.