Dyche sees his Burnley side knocked out of Europe by Southampton

Southampton 2, Burnley 2 Sean Dyche saw Brentford oust his Burnley team from the Europa League to return to the Championship. This was just the 11th game at St Mary’s since South Coast CEO…

Dyche sees his Burnley side knocked out of Europe by Southampton

Southampton 2, Burnley 2

Sean Dyche saw Brentford oust his Burnley team from the Europa League to return to the Championship.

This was just the 11th game at St Mary’s since South Coast CEO Les Reed informed Dyche in May 2009 that he could spend only a season at the club while still under contract at Turf Moor.

Dyche, now 40, had spent 16 years in west London but this victory kept him on course for a manager’s equivalent of the England team’s £60million ($75m) summer transfer window spending spree.

Burnley made their first home appearance in the League Cup since October 2002 and went 1-0 up after eight minutes when Sam Vokes arrowed home Michael Keane’s cross.

Southampton immediately looked to make amends and Rene Howe gave Southampton a shot in the arm by virtue of a red card following an equaliser in the 16th minute.

James Ward-Prowse crossed for Nathan Redmond, who scored in his 23rd game of the last two seasons.

That looked to leave Southampton in the unlikely position of a man down, against League One opposition, but Charlie Austin secured a replay with an 87th-minute equaliser.

Vokes was at it again three minutes later, his header from Burnley’s corner deflecting off James Ward-Prowse to go over the line for 2-1.

Southampton look to have a far greater chance of finishing in the top half of the Premier League after a first-ever goalless draw against Burnley in the top flight at Turf Moor in April.

That result ultimately proved to be Dyche’s final home fixture in charge, with Mike Phelan landing his old job on a short-term contract as interim head coach on Monday.

With the Clarets out of Europe, this seemed the ideal opportunity for the Reds to impress at St Mary’s and knock Rickie Lambert off his start.

The 34-year-old, whose new club Stoke have made a £12m bid, has fallen out of favor at Southampton, where he had expected to be leading the line in their opening season of the new era with their manager Mauricio Pellegrino.

Lambert lasted just 17 minutes before he was forced off after catching the back of James Ward-Prowse’s knee.

Having started and starred on his last appearance at Turf Moor, a 2-1 win over Chelsea on August 16, Lambert was replaced by Argentinean striker Dusan Tadic.

Lambert had been left out of Southampton’s pre-season preparation fixtures as Mauricio Pellegrino decided to rest the club’s senior players to ease the workload on potential new arrivals before the new campaign begins.

Saints manager Mauricio Pellegrino opted to be cautious and that decision paid off as Tadic, who was struggling for fitness through the first two weeks of training, made a crucial contribution within a minute.

Alberto Aquilani unleashed a long-range drive and Burnley keeper Tom Heaton had to rush out, but he could only push the ball into the path of Tadic.

The Serbian scored his first goal for the club and first in open play since May 2014 with a tap-in on 49 minutes.

With the play in an ominous fog at St Mary’s, Dusan Tadic had one last chance for a second as he picked up the ball inside the box and picked his spot as the mood loosened.

But the ball landed on the roof of the net with just minutes remaining to ensure the draw.

It was a bonus for Dyche and his Clarets colleagues as a third penalty given to Saints in 12 months proved to be the difference between the sides.

Erik Lamela had two efforts saved inside the area before Victor Wanyama struck the bar, setting up an intriguing finish in Thursday’s return leg.

“I’m really pleased because it was a really tough fixture,” Dyche said.

“I said beforehand that you didn’t want a trip here and certainly not 1-0. I was really pleased to see the guys really go for it.

“I thought we moved the ball well and it was a very hard game. Our focus really was to get in front and it went down to the wire.”

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