Hart turns in vintage display for Clarets in Saints draw

Burnley's Joe Hart

Hart, who made his Burnley debut in Thursday's 0-0 draw against Istanbul Basaksehir in Europa League qualifying, made a couple of outstanding saves while former Clarets favourite Danny Ings made a similarly eye-catching debut for Southampton after his loan move from Liverpool.

- Southampton are winless in their last five opening day matches in the Premier League (D4 L1), last winning in August 2013 away at West Brom (1-0).

However, as ever, Sean Dyche's side were organised and tough to break down - they totally limited the amount of involvement that Ryan Bertrand and Cedric Soares had as wing-backs and as a result Mark Hughes switched his side to a more generic 4-4-2 just before the hour. But I don't think we were courageous enough early on.

"I was pleased with his performance and I saw him walking around in the dressing room and he looks fine", explained the Saints boss.

Dyche said: "I think he enjoyed the fact he's come into a group who accept people very quickly, and we probably weren't planning on him playing".

Hendrick tested McCarthy at the start of the second-half with a snap shot from the edge of the box, but chances became harder to come by for the visitors as Southampton began to assert themselves. "It's always better to have the ability to change".

Southampton's Jannik Vestergaard in action with Burnley's Sam Vokes
Southampton's Jannik Vestergaard in action with Burnley's Sam Vokes

"I don't think he touched the ball until the 16th minute".

"We do work on different formations in training".

Burnley dominated the first half and thought they had gone ahead in the eighth minute when former Southampton midfielder Jack Cork side-footed home, but the effort was ruled to have been offside.

Mark Hughes' Southampton could be in for another hard season, as they produced a limp performance in Sunday's draw with Burnley.

Southampton's Mario Lemina, left, and Burnley's Johann Gudmundsson battle for the ball during the Premier League soccer match between Southampton and Burnley at St Mary's, Southampton., England.Sunday Aug. 12, 2018.

Ings, Mario Lemina and Jack Stephens all went close to scoring a late victor for the home side, who found Joe Hart in impressive form on his league debut for Burnley.

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