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Southampton beat Burnley in FA Cup thriller

Southampton's Jay Rodriguez (9)scores during the FA Cup Third Round match at St Mary's Credit: Chris Ison/PA wire

A 3-0 home defeat to Chelsea, an ugly spat with the Premier League over referee Clattenburg and a three-match ban for club-record signing Dani Osvaldo mean it has hardly been a happy new year to date for Saints fans.

However, the majority of those that braved the wet and windy conditions left St Mary's with a smile on their face after Mauricio Pochettino's side secured a thrilling 4-3 win against Sky Bet Championship promotion hopefuls Burnley.

Southampton goal keeper Kelvin Davis puts his body on the line Credit: Chris Ison/PA wire

Saints, winners in 1976 and finalists 11 years ago, recovered from an uneasy start to go ahead in style midway through the first half, with Nathaniel Clyne smashing home an exceptional volley from the edge of the box.

Southampton's Adam Lallana (20)celebrates his winning goal Credit: Chris Ison/PA Wire

Rickie Lambert followed that up with a fine strike of his own six minutes later, only for two Southampton fans to put Burnley level at the start of the second half.

Sam Vokes and Danny Ings both spent time with the club as schoolboys and showed them just what they were missing, with a header from the former followed by the latter's low strike from an acute angle.

However, Burnley-born Rodriguez - given a warm reception by both sets of fans after replacing Lambert - put Saints back ahead, choosing not to celebrate in respect to the club he left in 2012.

There was no holding back when fellow substitute Lallana put the off-field issues behind him to net from distance - a strike that meant Kevin Long's late strike was merely a consolation.

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