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EPL Wrap: Southampton Miss Chance to Go 3rd

EPL Wrap: Southampton Miss Chance to Go 3rd Photo: TT
Wolverhampton Wanderers' Willy Boly, left, and Southampton's Che Adams battle for the ball during the English Premier League soccer match between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Southampton at Molineux Stadium

High-flying Southampton have missed the chance to move back up to third spot after conceding with 15 minutes to go in a 1-1 draw away to Wolverhampton on Monday night.

Southampton had shocked all by leading the Premier League during the last round of fixtures, having enjoyed an outstanding start to the new campaign under Ralph Hasenhuttl.

Buoyed by three straight wins, the Saints took the lead in the 58th minute at the Molineux Stadium when Theo Walcott converted Che Adams’ low cutback.

But Wolverhampton, who finished seventh in the league in 2019-20, found a way back when Pedro Neto tapped in after Raul Jimenez’s shot had cannoned into the post.

The result leaves Southampton in fifth spot, while Wolves move above Manchester United into ninth spot.

“I feel tired. It was so intense, like chess,” Hasenhuttl said.

“Both managers found solutions to cause the other one’s problems. We had the match points to win the game with Theo, was it deserved? No, but I would have liked it.”

Meanwhile, struggling Burnley claimed their maiden win of the new season to move out of the drop zone, edging Crystal Palace 1-0.

New Zealand international Chris Wood scored the only game of the match with an eighth minute strike.

The Clarets had collected just two points from their opening seven games, conceding 12 goals and only scoring three, up until the breakthrough win.

Burnley boss Sean Dyche said: “Its easy to forget that’s three clean sheets now in the last five games. That can be overlooked because you haven’t won a game, but its a building block.

“Tonight was a step in the right direction, but nothing more because there is loads of work to be done. Nothing has been achieved, but the monkey is off our back and the noise all goes away and we can move on.”

It doesn’t get any easier for Burnley, who are away to Manchester City next weekend. Southampton host Manchester United, while Chelsea plays Tottenham and Arsenal entertain Wolves.

Ben somerford
Sports Pundit staff writer @bensomerford
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