Burnley beat Saints 3-0 to inflict the St Mary’s side’s heaviest opening day defeat since they returned to the Premier League.

Here are five things we learned from the game:

1. Defensive errors haunt Saints:

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It was a case of new season but same problems at the back for Ralph Hasenhuttl’s team.

Ashley Barnes twice took advantage of poor defending to hand the Clarets a 2-0 advantage before Johann Berg Gudmundsson bagged the third.

Jannik Vestergaard was at fault for two of the goals, although the wind made it difficult for him to time his header for the first.

Saints added Kevin Danso to their squad on deadline day and it’s going to be interesting as to whether he will be the answer to all of their problems.

2. Danny Ings and Che Adams didn’t work in the chosen system:

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When Saints played FC Koln at St Mary’s on 3 August, Hasenhuttl deployed Adams down the right with Ings through the middle.

And for the time they were on the pitch, they both looked dangerous, especially with Yan Valery providing the overlap for Adams.

However, at Turf Moor, Hasenhuttl decided to play Adams through the middle and use Ings out wide which didn’t look right.

The former Liverpool striker doesn’t have the same physical attributes to cause havoc down the right as Adams does, while the ex-Birmingham hitman lacks the experience that his teammate has through the middle.

3. Nathan Redmond could be set for another good season:

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Although Saints failed to create too many opportunities of note, Redmond continued to offer the team hope of a goal.

The winger had a couple of chances that he created for himself and always looked to be the one who was going to make something happen for Hasenhuttl.

4. Burnley’s style of play didn’t suit Saints:

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With the St Mary’s side wanting to press from the get-go, Burnley opted to deploy an occasional long ball in the blustery conditions.

Because of this, they were able to take Saints’ midfield out of the game and put the defenders under immense pressure.

This proved to be the club’s downfall as the balls they failed to deal with, especially in the second half, tended to end up in the back of the net.

5. There are still 37 games to go:

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Although it was not the start anyone would want, this isn’t the time for panic.

No team wants to begin the season with a comprehensive defeat but with plenty of football ahead, and Hasenhuttl saying they lost their focus at Turf Moor, there is no doubt they will improve.

Although they will need to get better quickly due to a tough run of fixtures that has them playing Liverpool next weekend.