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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 Bournemouth 27 51
2 Middlesbrough 27 50
3 Ipswich Town 27 50
4 Brentford 27 49
5 Derby County 26 48
6 Watford 27 47
7 Wolverhampton Wanderers 27 44
8 Norwich City 27 43
9 Sheffield Wednesday 26 37
10 Blackburn Rovers 26 36
11 Birmingham City 26 35
12 Nottingham Forest 27 34
13 Cardiff City 27 34
14 Fulham 27 34
15 Huddersfield Town 27 34
16 Bolton Wanderers 26 33
17 Charlton Athletic 27 32
18 Reading 26 30
19 Brighton and Hove Albion 27 29
20 Leeds United 27 29
21 Rotherham United 26 26
22 Millwall 26 23
23 Wigan Athletic 27 21
24 Blackpool 27 17

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