Sean Dyche’s Clarets were as high as fourth in December, but their European dreams have diminished thanks to a lengthy run without a Premier League victory.
Ashley Barnes looked to have propelled Burnley to a much-needed victory, only for their winless top flight run to extend to an 11th match as Gabbiadini fired home late on to snatch Saints a 1-1 draw.
Barnes’ close-range header looked to worsen Saints’ plight at Turf Moor, only for the last-gasp leveller to see the visitors sneak a point that had looked beyond them.
This is a match that may be remembered for controversy but not quality.
England manager Gareth Southgate must have been questioning his decision to come to Turf Moor during a first half devoid of entertainment.
Johann Berg Gudmundsson headed wide and Aaron Lennon got a snapshot on target for the hosts, while Burnley goalkeeper Nick Pope denied Dusan Tadic with a fine one-handed save at the other end.
January signing Lennon was denied by a timely block from Oriol Romeu after Nathan Redmond saw an attempt stopped at the other end – but neither side had grabbed the match by the scruff of the neck.
Redmond saw both a cross and attempt blocked, while Saints goalkeeper Alex McCarthy did well to prevent Jeff Hendrick going through.
Barnes nodded wide for Burnley, but the hosts would not be denied for long.
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