Friday 18 October 2019

Cherries claim local bragging rights as they soar up to third

Southampton 1 Bournemouth 3

Eddie Howe: Up to third. Photo: Getty Images
Eddie Howe: Up to third. Photo: Getty Images

Jeremy Wilson

Southampton fans are adamant that the real south-coast derby won't take place until Tuesday night when their side face Portsmouth in the League Cup, but it is Bournemouth who have the most convincing claim on local bragging rights now.

This win not only took the Cherries up to third in the Premier League, but is also the first time in their entire history that they have ever won at Southampton.

Add in two consecutive finishes above Southampton in the Premier League and there can be no serious argument just now at the ecstatic claim from Bournemouth fans that 'the south coast is ours'.

Manager Eddie Howe started with Joshua King and Harry Wilson pushing up from the wide positions and they were far more incisive whenever they broke forward, even if they needed only a well-executed but still basic corner to take the lead.

Diego Rico had floated in the cross, with Nathan Ake then exploiting a dreadful lapse in concentration by Oriel Romeu to power forward into space and beat Kevin Danso to the header.

Bournemouth thought they'd doubled their lead when Dominic King fired home, but the video assistant referee Graham Scott correctly ruled that Jannik Vestergaard had just stepped out in time and narrowly played the Bournemouth winger offside.

Their second goal duly followed though when King released Philip Billing and, with Southampton again caught square and flat-footed in defence, Harry Wilson slotted home.

It was Wilson's third goal in only five Premier League appearances since joining on loan this summer from Liverpool.

The Saints looked more balanced in the second half and there was also a noticeable rise in their intensity both on and off the ball. And they were rewarded. Che Adams made a direct run into Bournemouth's penalty area and Steve Cook, who had been hitherto handling Southampton's strikers with ease, stepped out and clumsily upended the £15 million summer signing.

Adams has not yet scored since arriving from Birmingham but Ward-Prowse converted the penalty to hand his team a lifeline.

The momentum was now with Southampton. Boufal had a shot well saved by Aaron Ramsdale and Jack Stacey made an excellent block to deny Nathan Redmond. Ward-Prowse also had an excellent chance after his run was spotted by substitute Danny Ings but his mistimed shot bobbled to safety.

But a famous night for Bournemouth was then completed when Callum Wilson pounced to score his team's third in added time.

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