Bournemouth survived a second-half fightback from Southampton to secure a fully deserved win at St Mary’s and move into third place in the Premier League before the weekend’s games.

Eddie Howe’s side produced a superb first-half display against the struggling Saints to establish a two-goal lead as Nathan Ake headed in Diego Rico’s corner in the 10th minute and Harry Wilson’s sweeping finish from Phillip Billing’s pass crowned a superb move.

The Cherries also had a goal from Joshua King ruled out for offside by the video assistant referee as they were in complete control for the first 45 minutes.

Southampton snatched at a lifeline when James Ward-Prowse scored from the spot eight minutes after the break following Steve Cook’s clumsy challenge on Che Adams.

Bournemouth felt they had a credible penalty claim ignored by VAR when Cedric Soares tangled with King but they came through in relative comfort and wrapped up the win with virtually the last kick of the game when a misunderstanding between Southampton goalkeeper Angus Gunn and Jan Bednarek left Callum Wilson with an open goal.

Cherries’ sweet success

Bournemouth’s travelling fans celebrated wildly and acclaimed manager Eddie Howe at the final whistle as this impressive victory lifted them to the lofty heights of third in the Premier League.

And for all Southampton’s huffing and puffing in the second half, the Cherries were by far the more composed, powerful and clinical team and fully merited the three points.

Bournemouth overpowered Southampton during the first 45 minutes, taking full advantage of a lacklustre Saints showing by demonstrating class in midfield and pace in attack to establish a stranglehold on the game.

Their approach was symbolised by the slick passing move that led to Harry Wilson’s goal after 35 minutes. King played in Billing, whose perfect reverse pass was met by the youngster arriving with perfect timing to complete the job to score for the third time since joining on loan from Liverpool.

Bournemouth were resolute when Southampton finally roused themselves after the break, as they had to do, but that ever-present threat on the counter was their most potent weapon and was evident even before that communication breakdown between Gunn and Bednarek left Callum Wilson to complete the formalities.

This was impressive stuff from Bournemouth, who deserve to enjoy what may be a brief spell in the top three – but the fact they are never even mentioned as a club that may struggle in the Premier League is simple testimony to Howe’s work.

Full report to follow.

Line-ups

Southampton

  • 28Gunn
  • 38DansoSubstituted forBertrandat 45′minutes
  • 35Bednarek
  • 4Vestergaard
  • 2Cédric Soares
  • 14RomeuBooked at 80mins
  • 23Højbjerg
  • 16Ward-Prowse
  • 19Boufal
  • 22RedmondSubstituted forArmstrongat 88′minutes
  • 10AdamsSubstituted forIngsat 77′minutes

Substitutes

  • 1McCarthy
  • 3Yoshida
  • 5Stephens
  • 7Long
  • 9Ings
  • 17Armstrong
  • 21Bertrand

Bournemouth

  • 12Ramsdale
  • 17StaceyBooked at 64mins
  • 3S Cook
  • 5Aké
  • 21Rico
  • 22H WilsonBooked at 54minsSubstituted forFraserat 63′minutes
  • 8LermaBooked at 20mins
  • 29Billing
  • 7KingSubstituted forSurmanat 90+3′minutes
  • 13C Wilson
  • 9SolankeSubstituted forL Cookat 77′minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Boruc
  • 6Surman
  • 10Ibe
  • 16L Cook
  • 24Fraser
  • 25Simpson
  • 33Mepham
Referee:
Chris Kavanagh
Attendance:
30,168

Match Stats

Home TeamSouthamptonAway TeamBournemouth
Possession
Home65%
Away35%
Shots
Home25
Away6
Shots on Target
Home6
Away3
Corners
Home4
Away5
Fouls
Home8
Away9

Live Text

Match ends, Southampton 1, Bournemouth 3.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Southampton 1, Bournemouth 3.

Goal!

Goal! Southampton 1, Bournemouth 3. Callum Wilson (Bournemouth) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Aaron Ramsdale.

Attempt missed. Jannik Vestergaard (Southampton) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Ryan Bertrand with a headed pass.

Attempt saved. Sofiane Boufal (Southampton) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Attempt blocked. Danny Ings (Southampton) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Bournemouth. Andrew Surman replaces Joshua King.

Offside, Southampton. Cédric Soares tries a through ball, but Stuart Armstrong is caught offside.

Offside, Bournemouth. Ryan Fraser tries a through ball, but Callum Wilson is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, Southampton. Stuart Armstrong replaces Nathan Redmond.

Corner, Southampton. Conceded by Steve Cook.

Attempt blocked. Danny Ings (Southampton) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

Attempt blocked. Danny Ings (Southampton) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by James Ward-Prowse.

Attempt missed. Philip Billing (Bournemouth) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left from a direct free kick.

Foul by Nathan Redmond (Southampton).

Nathan Aké (Bournemouth) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Corner, Bournemouth. Conceded by Sofiane Boufal.

Attempt missed. Danny Ings (Southampton) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Cédric Soares.

Attempt missed. James Ward-Prowse (Southampton) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Danny Ings.

Attempt missed. Pierre-Emile Højbjerg (Southampton) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Ryan Bertrand with a cross.

Booking

Oriol Romeu (Southampton) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Oriol Romeu (Southampton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Callum Wilson (Bournemouth).

Substitution

Substitution, Southampton. Danny Ings replaces Che Adams.

Substitution

Substitution, Bournemouth. Lewis Cook replaces Dominic Solanke.

Hand ball by Dominic Solanke (Bournemouth).

Attempt blocked. Nathan Redmond (Southampton) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Corner, Southampton. Conceded by Jack Stacey.

Foul by Sofiane Boufal (Southampton).

Jack Stacey (Bournemouth) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. James Ward-Prowse (Southampton) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Sofiane Boufal.

Attempt saved. Sofiane Boufal (Southampton) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Oriol Romeu.

Booking

Jack Stacey (Bournemouth) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Substitution

Substitution, Bournemouth. Ryan Fraser replaces Harry Wilson.

Ryan Bertrand (Southampton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Joshua King (Bournemouth).

Attempt missed. James Ward-Prowse (Southampton) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Che Adams.

VAR Decision: No Penalty Bournemouth.

Foul by Jan Bednarek (Southampton).

Dominic Solanke (Bournemouth) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

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