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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 Middlesbrough 35 66
2 Derby County 35 65
3 Watford 35 65
4 Bournemouth 35 63
5 Norwich City 35 62
6 Brentford 35 61
7 Ipswich Town 35 60
8 Wolverhampton Wanderers 35 57
9 Nottingham Forest 35 50
10 Blackburn Rovers 35 48
11 Sheffield Wednesday 35 46
12 Charlton Athletic 35 45
13 Birmingham City 35 45
14 Cardiff City 35 44
15 Leeds United 35 44
16 Huddersfield Town 35 42
17 Bolton Wanderers 35 41
18 Reading 35 41
19 Brighton and Hove Albion 35 40
20 Fulham 35 39
21 Rotherham United 35 37
22 Wigan Athletic 35 31
23 Millwall 35 31
24 Blackpool 35 22

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