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Southampton's Shane Long fires a shot on goal

Southampton's Shane Long fires a shot on goal

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Southampton's Fraser Forster lies injured before being substituted

Southampton's Fraser Forster lies injured before being substituted

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Burnley's Sam Vokes, (left) battles for possession of the ball in the air with Southampton's Jose Fonte, (right)

Burnley's Sam Vokes, (left) battles for possession of the ball in the air with Southampton's Jose Fonte, (right)

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Burnley's goalkeeper Thomas Heaton fails to keep the ball out after Southampton's Shane Long (not in picture) scores the opening goal of the game

Burnley's goalkeeper Thomas Heaton fails to keep the ball out after Southampton's Shane Long (not in picture) scores the opening goal of the game

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Burnley's Ashley Barnes tackles Southampton's Nathaniel Clyne

Burnley's Ashley Barnes tackles Southampton's Nathaniel Clyne

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Southampton's Shane Long fires a shot on goal

Ronald Koeman was full of praise for stand-in goalkeeper Kelvin Davis after the Southampton stalwart stepped in following an early injury to Fraser Forster.

England international Forster was carried off on a stretcher in the early moments of the win over Burnley - with Koeman confirming that the 27-year-old was taken to hospital for a scan on his knee.

Shane Long's third Premier League goal for Saints and a second-half own goal from Burnley skipper Jason Shackell were enough to keep Koeman's side in the hunt for a Champions League spot but it was Davis who will be hailed as the hero of the hour.

The 38-year-old may be Southampton's club captain but he had not tasted first-team football in over a year when he was called upon to replace the stricken Forster.

That did not stop the former Ipswich and Sunderland man producing a number of top quality saves, most noticeably from Sam Vokes and Danny Ings.

"Kelvin is a very experienced goalkeeper," said Koeman, who celebrated his 52nd birthday with another three points. "He was looking very comfortable and confident and made two great saves."

Burnley, on the back of their 1-0 victory over champions Manchester City last weekend, created the best openings of the first half but their spirited fightback waned after Shackell turned a Ryan Bertrand cross past Tom Heaton.

Clarets boss Sean Dyche felt his side were denied a clear penalty by referee Roger East as Jose Fonte challenged George Boyd moments after Davis' first spectacular save. "It is impossible how we didn't get a penalty, I have seen it back," he said.

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