SOUTHAMPTON, England (AP) — Matej Vydra’s first goal in 17 months made it three victories in four games for Burnley in the Premier League after a 2-1 victory at Southampton on Saturday.
After Ashley Westwood and Danny Ings had traded first-half goals, substitute Vydra produced the winner on the hour mark at a rain-soaked St Mary’s.
It continued Burnley’s brilliant recent form and left home coach Ralph Hasenhuttl with plenty to ponder after Saints’ third straight defeat.
Kyle Walker-Peters made his Southampton debut and conceded an early corner, Westwood went over to take it and the ball went straight in after 93 seconds.
The midfielder curled a cross into the front post and Southampton forward Ings let it go anticipating the ball would go out for a goal kick, but it crept in before goalkeeper Alex McCarthy could stop it going over the line.
Bee Mee converted the rebound, but it was Westwood’s goal and the wet and windy storm on the south coast had already made its mark.
Hasenhuttl’s side recovered from its poor start and began to dominate, but a sliced effort by captain Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg in the seventh minute failed to even go out for a throw.
Stuart Armstrong saw an effort deflected over by Burnley defender James Tarkowski not long after before the equaliser arrived.
Former Burnley striker Ings looked for a back-heel into the path of Armstrong and while that was intercepted, he was first to the loose ball and curled it into the corner from outside the area with 18 minutes played.
It atoned for Ings’ part in the opener and was his 15th goal in the league this season.
Burnley’s problems increased when Chris Wood could no longer continue due to injury and was replaced up front by Vydra.