Southampton battled back from two goals down to secure a vital 3-2 win at home to Burnley.

Three more points in the bag move the Saints to the brink of top-flight with Sean Dyche’s Burnley still having work to do.

Despite the final result it was the Clarets who dominated the opening stages with New Zealand star Chris Wood tucking home from the spot before Matej Vydra lashed home a second.

However, the hosts were swift to respond as Stuart Armstrong’s instinctive finish and Danny Ings’ close-range strike got them back level in a goal filled first half.

And that meant it was all to play for after the break and it was Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side that snatched the initiative on the hour.

Burnley failed to clear Ings’ effort inside the box and Nathan Redmond kept his head to turn home Theo Walcott’s pass.

This did almost see saw back in Burnley’s favour late on but Fraser Forster produced two superb stops to keep out Wood.

Full Time at the St. Mary’s Stadium it’s Southampton 3 Burnley 2

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