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

Southampton Southampton vs Burnley Burnley

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 Norwich City 10 20
2 Nottingham Forest 10 20
3 Watford 10 20
4 Derby County 10 19
5 Ipswich Town 10 18
6 Charlton Athletic 10 18
7 Wolverhampton Wanderers 10 18
8 Middlesbrough 10 17
9 Sheffield Wednesday 10 16
10 Reading 10 15
11 Blackburn Rovers 10 14
12 Leeds United 10 14
13 Brentford 10 14
14 Cardiff City 10 13
15 Bournemouth 10 12
16 Millwall 10 11
17 Rotherham United 10 11
18 Huddersfield Town 10 11
19 Brighton and Hove Albion 10 10
20 Birmingham City 10 10
21 Wigan Athletic 10 9
22 Fulham 10 7
23 Bolton Wanderers 10 5
24 Blackpool 10 3

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