Former Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp has insisted that Burnley gave themselves a lifeline in the ongoing relegation battle with their victory over Southampton although he acknowledged that the race for survival is hard to predict. Burnley secured a 2-0 victory against the Saints on Thursday.
Burnley hosted Southampton in Premier League action at the Turf Moor on Thursday in a match that had huge implications on how their season shapes up at the end of the season. Connor Roberts calmed the nerves around the stadium as he curled home a beautiful goal for his first goal with the club to open the scoring in the 5th minute.
The Clarets realized the importance of the occasion and piled on the pressure against Southampton who were kept in the game due to the heroics of goalkeeper Fraser Forster. The goalkeeper was unable to keep out Nathan Collins’ headed effort away from his goal in the 44th minute as the Saints suffered defeat on the road against the Clarets.
Southampton suffered their sixth defeat in their last eight matches in all competitions while the win extends Burnley's unbeaten start to life after Sean Dyche to two matches and sees Mike Jackson's side move to within a point of safety. Redknapp asserted that the victory could springboard the Clarets’ quest to remain in the top flight of English football.
"Burnley have good honest characters and have given themselves a lifeline today. Whether Sean Dyche was in charge or not, Burnley will have identified the matches against Southampton, Wolves and Watford as games where they could really get points,” Redknapp told Sky Sports.
"Wolves are up next at home. That is the really big one - can they put the pressure right on Everton, who head into the Merseyside derby against a formidable Liverpool side? I've been in relegation fights, the last thing you can do is pick and choose where you're going to get results. It's very hard to predict how this relegation fight is going to go,” he added.