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Saints 4 Burnley 3
Updated 5:38pm Saturday 4th January 2014 in Sport
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- FT 4-3
- Adam Lallana deflected attention from the Mark Clattenburg saga with an excellent winning goal from the edge of the area.
- Rickie Lambert and Nathaniel Clyne gave Saints a 2-0 half-time lead.
- But Burnley's Southampton-born Saints rejects, Sam Vokes and Danny Ings, restored parity before Jay Rodriguez netted against his old club.
- Lallana ensured that Kevin Long's 87th-minute goal was a consolation.
FT 4-3. Saints are in the hat but it wasn't nearly as straightforward as it might have been following that comfortable first half.
4 minutes' injury time announced as JRod curls one beyond the top corner
Vokes scuffs his shot at Davis following Ings' pass
4-3. Kevin Long's close range effort from Stanislas's corner has ensured a nervy lat few minutes...
Ings gets the better of Shaw and his cross-shot is tipped behind by Davis
Rodriguez fires across goal but his shot is deflected beyond the far post for a corner, which Fonte heads over the bar
Saints' third and final substitution: Fonte on for Hooiveld
Davis saves at the feet of Ings as Burley try to get back into this game, having done so well to liven this game up with their second-half response.
4-2. Who else but Adam Lallana has surely sealed Saints' place in the fourth round with a venomous low shot inside Heaton's left-hand post from 20 yards.
Danny Ings goes close to another with a snap shot that comes back of the outside of the right-hand post.
3-2. Rodriguez has restored Saints' lead, slamming one past his old club with his instep. His celebration is predictably subdued. Relief all round, let's hope there's no equaliser this time. It's been a terrific second half so far.
The crowd today is just 15,077
Rodriguez cuts in from the left but fires straight at Heaton.
Brilliant save by Kelvin Davis, low to his right, denies Sam Vokes. Saints all over the place at the back.
2-2. Danny Ings, the other half of Burnley's Southampton-born strike partnership, has fired a brilliant equaliser from a tight angle. He showed pace and the sort of clinical finishing that has now got him 20 goals this season.
Davis puts Ramirez away but his cross is turned away by Heaton before Rodriguez fires powerfully at Burnley's custodian
2-1. Sam Vokes, the Southampton-born Saints reject who grew up supporting the club, has headed Burnley back into this game. There were pockets of celebrations in the St Mary's stands, where many of his family and friends are sat, when he found the far corner following Dean Marney's cross.
HT 2-0. Very comfortable for Saints. A nondescript game lit up by two classy strikes from Clyne and Lambert.
Excellent work from Davis. After escaping a clutch of defenders with a Cruyff turn he put Luke Shaw away down the left. The left-back's fierce shot was blocked by Heaton at the near post.
Steve Davis slips in the penalty area attempting to collect a slide-rule pass from Ramirez, a move that ends with Clyne shooting well wide as he attempted to score his second of the afternoon.
Rickie Lambert limps off to be replaced by former Burnley star Jay Rodriguez
Kieran Trippier fired a direct free kick low into the Saints' wall
2-0! Rickie Lambert has found the same top corner from the other side of the 'D', another top-notch goal that has put Saints in control of this contest.
Stunning strike from Nathaniel Clyne, his second Saints goal. After chesting the ball down on the right-hand edge of the penalty area from Davis's pass he smashed a half-volley into the top right corner. Pick. That. Out. Saints 1 Burnley 0
Kelvin Davis plucks Danny Ings' header from under his crossbar
Ramirez shoots high and wide...this game needs a goal
Sam Vokes's shot is blocked by Yoshida
Clyne's cross is deflected into the arms of Heaton.
Gaston Ramirez's tame shot is comfortably saved by Tom Heaton. Torrential rain here at St Mary's.
Scott Arfield goes close for Burnley, curling a 25-yard effort narrowly wide of the far, top corner of Kelvin Davis's goal
The teams are out on the pitch
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Just 15 minutes until kick off.
It's still wet at St Mary's...plenty more rain to come
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Danny Ings can fire himself into the England squad and Burnley back to the Premier League, according to former team-mate Jay Rodriguez.
Southampton striker Rodriguez is hoping to put one over hometown club Burnley in FA Cup third round action at St Mary's Stadium on Saturday.
But while the 24-year-old wants to dump his old club out of the competition, England man Rodriguez still wants them to join Saints in the Premier League.
Persistent ankle problems ruled Rodriguez out of Premier League action with Burnley in 2009/10, and he hopes the second-placed Championship side can win promotion to face Southampton in league action next term.
"They deserve to be there and I just hope they can stay there," said Rodriguez.
"It was frustrating seeing the Premier League come to Turf Moor and not be able to play but I think it improved me physically because when I was out I did a lot of gym work."
Free-scoring Ings has blasted 19 goals in 27 games for Burnley so far this term, and Rodriguez believes the England Under-21 striker will progress to full international status in time.
Ings was released by Southampton as a schoolboy before breaking through at Bournemouth to make his name and earn a move north.
Rodriguez has headed the other way, after impressing at his hometown club and now winding up on the south coast.
Whatever their differing routes, Rodriguez hopes the pair end up in the same place: Roy Hodgson's England squad.
Backing Ings to win full international honours, he said: "I don't see why not, he's a great player with a great future.
"Unfortunately he picked up a bad injury when I was there but when he came back he was a great player and it's no surprise he's scoring goals for fun.
"He's a great talent and a good lad as well so there'll be a lot of interest in him [during the January transfer window].
"But I'm sure Burnley will be able to keep hold of him and do well this year."
Southampton assistant manager Jesus Perez believes the acclaim afforded to success in the FA Cup is still the envy of Europe.
Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert has glumly conceded that modern players value money and big contracts more than cup glory.
The pragmatic Scot also unashamedly admitted he prizes Premier League points over cup victories without second thought.
Saints' Spanish number-two does not believe the knockout competition has lost any of its lustre, though.
Southampton host second-paced Championship club Burnley at St Mary's in Saturday's FA Cup third round tie.
And former Espanyol and Rayo Vallecano coach Perez is adamant no other European domestic cup is revered in quite the same way as the FA Cup.
"If you do well in the FA Cup then you gain big respect from supporters, other clubs and the media," said Perez.
"It's completely different in this case from Italy, Spain and other countries we know well."
Confident that he and manager Mauricio Pochettino have found the Premier League's measure, Perez said the world's oldest knockout competition still retains an unrivalled aura.
"I agree it's the most exciting cup competition there is," he said.
"You have to respect this competition, it's the tradition in England, and it's a little bit different from the other cups.
"In terms of the games, when you play the fans are expecting to see this type of game.
"There's something special about this competition, we've got full respect for it.
"We understand the Premier League and the way you have to play.
"The club helps us to make an easy job of it, especially in the daily task.
"So we have everyone helping us try to do a nice job over here."
Southampton lifted the FA Cup with a 1-0 victory over Manchester United at Wembley in 1976.
Perez insists he and Pochettino are well aware of Saints' decorated cup history, but are not dreaming of a repeat quite yet.
Expecting a stern test from Burnley on Saturday, he said: "We are thinking to play to win this game.
"The Premier League is a long competition, but in the cup everything is possible.
"They won one time and one final as well, we are aware of that.
"You never know, in the cup, because it's special, you play with a different pressure.
"You're not thinking about the table, you're not thinking about getting one point here and three there, it's just a case.
"Both sides play with a different mindset, and that's what makes it exciting."
Some of the fans waiting for today's action to begin.
That's five changes for Saints with Maya Yoshida, Jos Hooiveld, Nathaniel Clyne, James Ward-Prowse and Rickie Lambert coming back into the side.
Jose Fonte, Dejan Lovren, Calum Chambers, Adam Lallana and Jay Rodriguez drop out.
Lallana is amongst the subs, along with Rodriguez against his old club, in what is probably a stronger Saints team than many anticipated.
SAINTS: K Davis, Clyne, Yoshida, Hooiveld, Shaw, Cork, Schneiderlin, S Davis, Ward-Prowse, Ramírez, Lambert.
Subs: Gazzaniga, Fonte, Chambers, Reed, Rodriguez, Lallana, Gallagher.
BURNLEY: Heaton, Trippier, Lafferty, Shackell, Long, Treacy, Marney, Arfield, Jones, Ings, Vokes.
Subs: Cisak, Stock, O'Neill, Edgar, Stanislas, Hewitt, Dummigan.
Ref: Robert Madley
We are expecting to get the teams in about ten minutes.
We will bring them to you as soon as we have them.
There is also a lot of talk about Adam Lallana, who may be removed from the firing line after the blaze of publicity that has surrounded Saints’ complaint regarding Mark Clattenburg.
One player definitely not available for Saints is Dani Osvaldo after he picked up a three game ban for violent conduct at Newcastle.
Hello and welcome to the Daily Echo’s live coverage of this afternoon’s FA Cup third round tie against Burnley at St Mary’s.
Mauricio Pochettino is expected to field a fairly youthful side for the game against the side who are second in the Championship.
Southampton born strikers Danny Ings and Sam Vokes could feature for Burnley while Jay Rodriguez will be hoping for a chance against the side who brought him through and sold him to Saints for £7m.
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