Danny Ings makes debut as Saints draw at home to Burnley

Charlie Austin of Southampton with Sofiane Boufal and Ryan Bertrand

Charlie Austin of Southampton with Sofiane Boufal and Ryan Bertrand

"I'm not crying over that, but you just hope that over the course of the season you get one back".

"I was a little bit reluctant to throw him on so soon", said Hughes.

Neither substitute showed any alacrity in getting on to the field and the suspicion that Dyche was by then happy to leave St Mary's with a point was confirmed as the game ebbed away to a stalemate.

He said, "We played really well in the first half but they changed it round at half time and pushed us in the second half".

"So we're really pleased with that cameo from him".

"I don't think he touched the ball until the 16th minute".

Mark Hughes's side were certainly more durable here than they had been for so much of last year's sorry campaign, and by the end they even showed some genuine attacking intent as they sought a victor against a typically obdurate Burnley.

Former Southampton midfielder Jack Cork went closest to breaking the deadlock, slotting home early on only to be judged offside in a contentious call.

Valverde still amazed by Barcelona ace
The free kick goal was Barcelona's 6000th La Liga goal. "We started a year ago with this midfield and it has great strength". Celta Vigo were held to a 1-1 draw by Espanyol, while on Friday Levante pulled off a surprise 3-0 win at Real Betis.

Summer recruit Joe Hart impressed for Burnley, staying calm as Saints built the pressure late on - leaving his boss Sean Dyche impressed with the 31-year-old's start to life with the Clarets.

Mark Hughes' Southampton could be in for another hard season, as they produced a limp performance in Sunday's draw with Burnley.

Southampton failed to break the St Mary's Stadium deadlock but Ings produced an encouraging cameo off the bench as the hosts pushed for a late victor.

With the addition of new signings Danny Ings and Mohamed Elyounoussi, the formation switched to a 4-4-2 and suddenly Southampton were asking questions of their own.

Southampton did force Joe Hart into a save in the 18th minute, with the former England goalkeeper tipping a powerful Mario Lemina header over the bar.

Burnley initially took control again in the second half, but they had a lucky escape just after the hour - Ashley Westwood clearing off the line when Mee looked destined to score an own goal.

- Burnley have won two and drawn two of their last four Premier League matches against Southampton, this after losing back-to-back games between March 2015 and October 2016.

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