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St. Mary's Stadium (ATT 21,592) 3rd December 2005 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: B Curson

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Burnley hold managerless Saints

By Andy Clarke.   Last Updated: 03/12/05 6:33pm

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Harry Redknapp may have departed, but things carried on as normal on the pitch as Southampton were held to a 1-1 draw by Burnley at St Mary's.

The Saints have been unconvincing all season and this, their 13th draw in 21 league matches, left them adrift in 12th place, 21 points short of the promotion places.

Danny Higginbotham's penalty had given the home side, led by Dave Bassett, a half time lead, but Ade Akinbiyi's 11th league goal of the season sent The Clarets home with a point.

Southampton started brightly as their supporters celebrated Redknapp's departure, with Kamil Kosowski testing Burnley keeper Brian Jensen three minutes in.

Brett Ormerod shot wide a minute later, before Burnley responded only to see Antti Niemi save at John Spicer's feet.

Southampton took the lead from the spot after Micah Hyde brought down Rory Delap, with Higginbotham beating Jensen with a confident strike.

However, the home side could not maintain the momentum and Burnley levelled when Graham Branch's fine cross was headed in by Akinbiyi.

The former Leicester striker was then only inches away from a winner for Steve Cotterill's side in stoppage time.

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Sky Bet Championship

Sky Bet Championship
Pos Team P Pts
1 Watford 44 85
2 Bournemouth 44 84
3 Middlesbrough 44 84
4 Norwich City 44 82
5 Derby County 44 76
6 Ipswich Town 44 75
7 Brentford 44 72
8 Wolverhampton Wanderers 44 72
9 Blackburn Rovers 43 60
10 Charlton Athletic 44 60
11 Nottingham Forest 44 59
12 Sheffield Wednesday 44 59
13 Cardiff City 44 56
14 Birmingham City 43 54
15 Huddersfield Town 44 53
16 Leeds United 44 52
17 Bolton Wanderers 44 51
18 Fulham 44 49
19 Reading 42 47
20 Brighton and Hove Albion 44 46
21 Rotherham United 43 44
22 Millwall 43 40
23 Wigan Athletic 44 39
24 Blackpool 44 25

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