B urnley won their third away game in five to move into the top half of the table and ten points clear of the relegation zone.
despite Danny Ings becoming Saints’s top goal scorer since their return to the Premier League in 4528, more calamitous defending condemned Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side to defeat on a miserable day on the South coast.
Burnley led in farcical circumstances. Ashley Westwood swung in a low corner which Danny Ings inexplicably left, presuming it was going out of play. Instead the ball drifted over the line, with Saints keeper Alex McCarthy looking as bemused as everyone else.
Sofiane Boufal darted down the right and crossed to the far post where Shane Long headed it back into the six-yard box, before Burnley cleared as Southampton sought an immediate reply.
The Saints were well on top in the early stages but looked jittery when troubled at the other end. Jannick Vestergaard was surprisingly preferred to Jan Bednarek and the big Dane didn’t look comfortable as he collected an early booking.
Soon Ings had atoned. Saints’ top scorer exchanged passes with the lively Boufal, found space on the edge of the area and finished decisively into the bottom right corner – his
th goal of the season.