Manager, Goalkeeper and Defenders
Ralph Hasenhuttl, Manager – 7
Set his team out with one arguable change. Made his subs reactive far too late, but still how do you fault him for this result? The players had the opportunity to put Burnley away in the first half and they lack a killer instinct you cannot teach.
Alex McCarthy, Goalkeeper – 7
Came and calmly gathered an early set piece. Absolutely no fault for the Burnley opener. Big save low to his left on Chris Wood. Maybe could have gotten to the second goal, but it was a dipping snapshot. Excellent take on a cross in the final 10 minutes which could have given Burnley the lead. Distribution and calmness on the ball was strong today.
Romain Perraud, Left-Back – 6
No nonsense in the early-going with McNeil. His first chance to cross was well overhit. Wants to get involved offensively, but nothing seems to be coming off. In fairness his crossing isn’t bad, the runners in the box are not anticipating his play. Saints fans will be smart to give him time, because he isn’t far away from being an excellent Premier League LB.
Mohammed Salisu, Centre-Back – 8
First tackle cleanly wiped out Brownhill, setting the tone defensively. A 22nd minute 1v1 win against Chris Wood at midfield was beyond brilliant. Salisu consistently wins balls when you think he is beaten, stretching past opposing attackers. Is becoming a vocal leader from the back, demanding performance from those in front of him. Still the pace of his passing must improve, but he is the real deal.
Jan Bednarek, Centre-Back – 5
Took zero risks to open the match. Good pressure when he needed to step out today, but was rolled and slow to react on the second goal. Lack of quickness was an issue today and it seems he has been entirely removed from a forward passing role. Decent in the air and scrambling for clearances, but emphasized an injury to Salisu would be catastrophic.
Tino Livramento, Right-Back – 8
Rode a few challenges beautifully before slipping in Theo Walcott for an early chance. Fell asleep in the 13th minute leading to the Burnley goal. Hit Broja twice in a 5 minute span after well-timed runs down the right side. Was open all day on his wing. Scored a great header getting in behind of Broja jumping at the near post. His curling effort just minutes earlier, was so unlucky to hit the post. His battle with McNeil was captivating, and he is a next-level talent.