2018/2019 English Premier League

Joe Hart shines as Southampton held to a goalless draw by Burnley

Burnley were held to a goalless draw away against Southampton in the Premier League on Sunday with Joe Hart making several saves in his league debut.

Burnley dominated the first half and thought they had gone ahead in the eighth minute when former Southampton midfielder Jack Cork side-footed home, but the effort was ruled to have been offside.

Alex McCarthy then kept out a close-range shot from Aaron Lennon and a header from Jeff Hendrik as Burnley pushed for the opening goal.

Despite having played in Istanbul in the Europa League on Thursday, Burnley looked confident and moved the ball around midfield but lacked a cutting edge in attack.

Jannik Vestergaard, signed during the summer, made a strong debut and the Southampton defence looked well-drilled and solid.

They looked more likely to score after the break but Hart, who joined Burnley last week from Manchester City, made several saves.

Hart foiled a close-range effort from Jack Stephens at the back post and produced a reaction save to keep out a glancing header from Mario Lemina.

A misplaced header from Ben Mee beat Hart, but Burnley defender Matt Lowton headed clear off the line.

Danny Ings, brought in on loan from Liverpool, came off the bench to make his Southampton debut against his former club and added some variety and invention to the attack.

"We played really well in the first half but they changed it round at halftime and pushed us in the second half," Joe Hart said. "I think we're both happy with a point in the end."

Said McCarthy: "They were the better side in the first half and we think we were better in the second half. I was just happy to keep the ball out the back of the net."

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