JOE HART made his Premier League debut for Burnley but watched from afar as Alex McCarthy performed a masterclass in goal.
The Saints’ No1 was by far the busier of the two keepers produced five great saves of which three were outstanding as Southampton were forced to hang on to avoid an embarrassing home defeat in their first game of the season.
Getty Images – Getty Aaron Lennon was denied by Alex McCarthy early on
Getty Images – Getty Burnley came up against an inspired McCarthy who provided a man-of-the-match performance
Reuters Jannik Vestergaard denied Chris Wood a golden opportunity to open the scoring early in the second half
PA:Press Association Ben Mee almost scored an own goal but was saved by team-mate Ashley Westwood
McCarthy saved with his feet, his body and his hands in a display of athleticism and instinct as Burnley shook off jet lag from Thursday’s Europa League trip to Turkey with a surprisingly energetic performance.
Hart, who joined Burnley for £3.5 million in the summer from Manchester City, had only one save to make – a decent but comfortable effort to thwart a flicked header by Mario Lemina in the first half.
Indeed, Hart did not even have to make the best save for his team – that was down to Ashley Westwood who was handily positioned under his own crossbar to get his nut in the way of a wayward header by Ben Mee which was en route to an own goal before the timely intervention.
Hart’s last Premier League game was to watch four goals sail past him in a humbling 4-1 defeat at Arsenal last season while on loan at West Ham.
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