Football: Chris Wood's Burnley remain winless in Premier League after goalless draw against Brighton

Chris Wood's Burnley fought out a dull 0-0 draw with Brighton & Hove Albion in the Premier League and the stalemate did neither side any favours in their attempts to ease relegation worries after a lacklustre clash at the Amex stadium.

The Clarets, having their worst ever start to a top-flight season, are on two points from seven games, while the Seagulls have not won in six league games.

Brighton were more purposeful going forward and missed several chances although the visitors nearly drew first blood when Matt Lowton hit the crossbar in the fourth minute.

Robert Brady fired wide for Burnley with an acrobatic overhead kick before theri keeper Nick Pope pulled off a fine reflex save to deny Brighton's new signing Danny Welbeck at the other end, keeping out the forward's shot with his feet.

Brighton's Neal Maupay had a shot blocked after a promising move midway through the second half as the home side pressed, but Burnley's defence kept a clean sheet after making several timely clearances in the closing stages.

Brighton visit Aston Villa in their next match on November 22 when Burnley are at home to Crystal Palace.

At the other end of the table, Southampton moved into first place in England's top flight for the first time since 1988 after a comfortable 2-0 home victory over Newcastle United.

Che Adams volleyed the hosts into a seventh-minute lead and the only surprise was that it took them until the 82nd minute to double their advantage as Stuart Armstrong fired into the net.

Che Adams.
Che Adams. Photo credit: Reuters

The margin of the defeat flattered Newcastle who offered next to nothing as an attacking force.

Southampton's fifth league win of the season, having lost their opening two games, moved them to 16 points from eight games and above champions Liverpool on goal difference.

Newcastle are in 11th on 11 points.

This time last year Saints manager Ralph Hasenhuttl's job looked on the line after a 9-0 thrashing at St Mary's by Leicester City - a record away win in the English top flight.

But the transformation with virtually the same squad has been outstanding and Southampton do not look out place on top of the Premier League for the first time.

They were without leading scorer Danny Ings, who underwent knee surgery after being injured in last week's win over Aston Villa, but it did not blunt their attacking threat.