Match ends, Southampton 0, Burnley 1.
Southampton 0-1 Burnley
Burnley manager Sean Dyche hailed his "fantastic" side after their narrow win at Southampton moved them level on points with fourth-placed Chelsea and fifth-placed Arsenal.
The victory, which came courtesy of substitute Sam Vokes' header with nine minutes left, moved the Turf Moor club on to 19 points from 11 games, their best start to a top-flight campaign since 1973-74.
The Clarets have collected 11 points on the road this season, four more than they did in the whole of 2016-17.
"I am delighted to be where we are but there are a lot of challenges coming our way," said Dyche. "The group know we will have to work hard for every point we get."
Vokes got in front of Southampton centre-back Maya Yoshida to nod home a cross from Johann Berg Gudmundsson to help the Clarets to their third away win of the season.
Dyche's team, who have only been beaten by leaders Manchester City on the road, had soaked up concerted pressure from the home side, with goalkeeper Nick Pope making a brilliant save to deny Yoshida early in the second half.
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But the introduction of Vokes and Ashley Barnes midway through the second half lifted Burnley and set up the victory.
Southampton had come closest to scoring before the break, with Pope thwarting Sofiane Boufal and Nathan Redmond with excellent saves.
But the hosts ran out of ideas in the second half and dropped to 13th place with their third home defeat of the season.
Dyche's methods continue to impress
Dyche had yet again brushed off more speculation linking him with the vacant manager's position at Everton in the lead-up to this game.
But the win on the south coast showed again why the 46-year-old Englishman, who celebrated five years at Turf Moor earlier in the week, is so highly rated.
His side frustrated Southampton with a typically determined effort when they were without the ball, with captain Ben Mee and James Tarkowski in central defence stopping the home side from converting pressure into chances.
The patient approach paid off when Vokes took one of the few clear-cut chances to come Burnley's way, ensuring that the club's best start to a season in the top flight in 44 years continued.
Pellegrino's side lack punch
Striker Manolo Gabbiadini is the Saints' leading scorer so far this season with three of his side's nine goals, but he could not add to that tally against Burnley's resolute backline.
Manager Mauricio Pellegrino replaced him with Charlie Austin, at the same time as Dyche was making his decisive move, but the results of the substitutions stood in stark contrast.
While Burnley upped the tempo, Southampton's threat receded and the lack of spark in front of goal must worry Pellegrino after 11 games of the season.
Redmond and full-back Ryan Bertrand looked to be a danger from the flanks, but there was a lack of penetration through the middle to the frustration of some Southampton fans, who will be looking for some verve in their side after the international break.
Man of the Match - Nick Pope (Burnley)
What they said
Southampton manager Mauricio Pellegrino: "We did everything we had to do against an opponent that was defending 90% of the game. We were much better than them in all different aspects of the game apart from efficiency. They had one chance and scored. It is really painful for us, we did everything. The intensity and football was good, but we lost.
"I don't want to talk about luck. In this aspect we need to improve our accuracy. Today the spirit of the team and the attitude was really good.
"We had to use this game as a reference about how I would like my team to play. We deserved more."
Burnley boss Sean Dyche: "Fantastic. The two that came on up front were a credit to their professionalism. They came on and really affected the game today and Sam Vokes' header was a fantastic finish. What a header.
"Southampton are a very technical team with people who can carry the ball. You have to be resolute in your defensive shape. I think it is a very important part of the game. We still have to fight for every chance we get but we are willing to do the graft.
Goal-shy Saints - the stats
- Southampton have failed to score in nine of their last 12 Premier League home games (W2 D4 L6).
- Burnley have kept clean sheets in five of their last eight top-flight matches, including both of the last two.
- Burnley have picked up 19 points after their first 11 games this season - their best record at this stage of a top-flight campaign since 1973-74 (24 points - assuming three points for a win).
- The Clarets, who had picked up just one point after their first six away Premier League games last season, have already picked up 11 this season - more than they collected in the whole of last season on the road (seven).
- Four of Sam Vokes' last six Premier League goals have come from headers, with his last two goals being match-winners for Burnley; in this game against Southampton and against Chelsea on the opening weekend.
- Southampton forward Nathan Redmond has had 27 shots without scoring this season; no player has had more in the Premier League (Huddersfield's Tom Ince also has 27 with no goals).
With domestic football taking a break because of international fixtures, Southampton do not play until Saturday, 18 November when they face Liverpool at Anfield (kick-off 15:00 GMT). Burnley host Swansea City at the same time.
- 2Cédric Soares
- 17van Dijk
- 11TadicSubstituted forLongat 76'minutes
- 19BoufalSubstituted forWard-Prowseat 90'minutes
- 20GabbiadiniSubstituted forAustinat 65'minutes
- 17Berg Gudmundsson
- 13HendrickSubstituted forBarnesat 65'minutes
- 11WoodSubstituted forVokesat 65'minutes
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Second Half ends, Southampton 0, Burnley 1.
Attempt blocked. Charlie Austin (Southampton) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Maya Yoshida with a headed pass.
Substitution, Southampton. James Ward-Prowse replaces Sofiane Boufal.
Corner, Southampton. Conceded by James Tarkowski.
Ryan Bertrand (Southampton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Ashley Barnes (Burnley).
Corner, Southampton. Conceded by Jack Cork.
Corner, Southampton. Conceded by Stephen Ward.
Offside, Burnley. Nick Pope tries a through ball, but Ashley Barnes is caught offside.
Goal! Southampton 0, Burnley 1. Sam Vokes (Burnley) header from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Johann Berg Gudmundsson with a cross.
Attempt missed. Steven Davis (Southampton) left footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Cédric Soares.
Attempt blocked. Robbie Brady (Burnley) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.
Substitution, Southampton. Shane Long replaces Dusan Tadic.
Charlie Austin (Southampton) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Foul by James Tarkowski (Burnley).
Steven Davis (Southampton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Ashley Barnes (Burnley).
Substitution, Southampton. Charlie Austin replaces Manolo Gabbiadini.
Substitution, Burnley. Sam Vokes replaces Chris Wood.
Substitution, Burnley. Ashley Barnes replaces Jeff Hendrick.
Attempt missed. Steven Davis (Southampton) right footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right following a corner.
Corner, Southampton. Conceded by Ben Mee.
Attempt missed. Nathan Redmond (Southampton) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Manolo Gabbiadini.
Corner, Southampton. Conceded by Nick Pope.
Attempt saved. Maya Yoshida (Southampton) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner.
Corner, Southampton. Conceded by Johann Berg Gudmundsson.
Attempt blocked. Ryan Bertrand (Southampton) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Nathan Redmond.
Attempt missed. Manolo Gabbiadini (Southampton) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Cédric Soares with a cross.
Corner, Southampton. Conceded by Steven Defour.
Delay over. They are ready to continue.
Delay in match Stephen Ward (Burnley) because of an injury.
Foul by Oriol Romeu (Southampton).
Jeff Hendrick (Burnley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Nathan Redmond (Southampton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Steven Defour (Burnley).
Foul by Dusan Tadic (Southampton).
Jack Cork (Burnley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Second Half begins Southampton 0, Burnley 0.
First Half ends, Southampton 0, Burnley 0.