Tadić inspires Saints to vital victory

St Mary's Stadium | Sat 28 Apr 3PM | Attendance: 31,778
Match Report Highlights

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Saints vs Bournemouth As It Happened

Key moments so far

  • Mark Hughes gained his first three points as manager!
  • Dušan double! A brace from the Serb seals the win for Saints.
  • Josh King leveled for Bournemouth on the stroke of half time.
  • Tadić opened the scoring in the 24th minute for Saints.

Class from start to finish...

The game's match winner, Dušan Tadić! 👏

17.16

REPORT: Saints 2-1 Bournemouth 

Tadić inspires Saints to vital win. Read our report by clicking here!

17.06

Get in!

What a massive win that could prove to be! A superb effort from all involved, from players to fans! 👊

17.02

FULL-TIME: Saints 2-1 Bournemouth

And breathe! 😅

+4’

Yellow Card for Pierre-Emile Højbjerg (Southampton)

It's lively. 

+4’

Another huge save!

McCarthy is keeping Saints alive here. A fantastic one handed save. 

+2’

Yellow Card for Alex McCarthy (Southampton)

For time wasting.

+1’

Yellow Card for Cédric (Southampton)

Cards beginning to stack up.

+1’

Visitors press

Saints under pressure here in the dying stages. Another huge save from McCarthy, again with his legs, before King fires over.

89’

Yellow Card for James Ward-Prowse (Southampton)

For kicking the ball away.

88’

Surman lashes wide

Alex McCarthy happy to watch the shot sail wide. We're into the final stages here. Stay strong, Saints!

Standing ovation 👏

The crowd are on their feet as goalscorer Dušan Tadić departs. Replaced by James Ward-Prowse. 

85’

Southampton substitution: James Ward-Prowse replaces Dušan Tadić

Final throw of the dice for Mark Hughes. Saints continue to lead.

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83’

Long robs Francis...

The striker nicks the ball from Francis, who hesitated inside his own defensive third. Long charged towards goal, but the centre-half recovered well, conceding a corner in the process. 

Massive ten minutes remain!

A huge final ten minutes await at St Mary's. Come on Saints, see this one out! 👊

74’

Lemina with the latest chance!

He's been superb today. Catches Bournemouth napping at the back, before linking with Shane Long. Chance eventually cleared, but the visitors are living dangerously. 

73’

Southampton substitution: Pierre-Emile Højbjerg replaces Charlie Austin

Second change.

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Chaz pressurising!

Saints continue to probe. Austin hits the side netting with a fearsome shot, and that'll be the striker's last contribution of the afternoon.

Skipper with the chance...

Ryan Bertrand runs the length of the pitch to get up with play. Superb vision from Tadić to spot the full-back, who takes one touch before firing low. Begovic saves.

68’

Almost!

Saints almost had their third. Lemina with a lovely pass to Tadić, who worked the ball to Austin. Shot took a deflection, nearly landed at the feet of Long. But was eventually cleared. 

64’

Bournemouth substitution: Jordon Ibe replaces Lys Mousset

Second change for the visitors. 

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63’

Bournemouth substitution: Jermain Defoe replaces Callum Wilson

First change for Eddie Howe.

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62’

King the creator!

The Norwegian gives Wesley Hoedt the slip, before firing at McCarthy's goal. Good hands from the Saints stopper, catching comfortably. 

58’

Southampton substitution: Shane Long replaces Nathan Redmond

First change of the afternoon for Mark Hughes. Redderz is withdrawn, Shane Long in his place.

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📸

Roared on by the crowd inside St Mary's, Saints regain the lead. It's 2-1!

GOALSCORER 11 Dušan Tadić

Dušan at the double!

Saints retake the lead! Tadić robs the ball in midfield, uses the decoy run of Charlie Austin to make the space, then fires into the far corner. Cue a rendition of "When the Saints go marching in"...

53’

GOOOAL!!!

Dušan Tadić (53’) | 2 1

51’

Cook's awkward shot

Lewis Cook catches it well from 20 yards, sending the ball swerving in the air. McCarthy watches it on to his gloves, making the save comfortably enough. 

Redderz in behind...

Lovely pass from Bertrand, to find the run of Redderz. Evading the offside trap, he looks to cross, as the ball cannons off Simon Francis. Shouts of hand ball, not given.

HT

Yellow Card for Jan Bednarek (Southampton)

First booking of the afternoon for Saints. 

HT

Tadić gets us back under way...

A half of huge significance here at St Mary's! Come on you Saints...

Passion from Tadić!

More of the same in the second half please, Dušan!

HALF-TIME: Saints 1-1 Bournemouth

Saints pegged back on the stroke of half time, but certainly an encouraging 45 minutes! Tadić with the opener, King with the leveller. A big half to follow!

King equalises

After a half solely dominated by Saints, Josh King is left unmarked at the back post from a corner and has the easiest of finishes to draw Bournemouth level.

45’

GOAL

Joshua King (45’) | 1 1

44’

Superb save!

Alex McCarthy saves with his leg to deny Nathan Akè from close range. Really confident goalkeeping, and maintains Saints' lead as we approach half time.

Attendance: 31,778 (3,248)

As always, thank you for your continued support! The noise inside St Mary's is superb. Keep it up, Saints fans!

40’

Penalty shouts...

Charlie Austin is bundled over in the penalty area, after clashing with Begovic. Referee Anthony Taylor isn't interested. Play continues.

The scorer! 👏

Saints still leading, as we approach the halfway point. Tadić looking very threatening down the right.

32’

Saints in ascendancy! 

Nearly two! Mario Lemina catches the ball sweetly on the half volley, producing a fine save from Begovic, who dived to his left and palmed to safety. 

31’

Lemina fires high and wide

Tried his luck from distance, didn't quite come off. But Saints with all the intent here!

30’

Austin shot...

Well saved by Begovic, but the effort rather took the Cherries stopper by surprise. Austin faked to cross, but the shot was sneaking inside the post, before intervention from Begovic.

GOALSCORER 11 Dušan Tadić

Saints take the lead!

Quick fire break, orchestrated by Mario Lemina. He charges over the halfway line, finds Tadić on the run, who latches on to the ball and cooly puts it beyond Begovic, and into the far corner.

24’

GOOOAL!!!

Dušan Tadić (24’) | 1 0

24’

Bournemouth's turn to attack...

Ryan Fraser advances well down the right, with light blue shirts in support. The low delivery flashes across the six yard box, without a touch. And Saints counter...

Good battle between Tadić and Aké

Honours even as it stands, but Tadić is looking to get beyond the full-back whenever opportunity arises. Assisted by Cédric.

18’

Misplaced pass from Cook...

Tadić is nearly gifted a glorious chance, as Cook plays a blind pass back to his goalkeeper. Begovic clears, but again Saints go close.

15’

Good spell for Saints...

The crowd willing Saints forward at every opportunity - and they are responding! Good spell of pressure here, committing players forward and looking dangerous. 

14’

Double chance!

Smart footwork from Tadić in the box, evades two defenders. Falls kindly to Bertrand, whose shot is charged down, then Romeu with the follow up, again bodies in the way!

13’

Sustained pressure...

Austin harassing the Cherries backline, forces a mistake from Begovic and Saints regain the ball. Looking to go forward with Lemina, as Tadić then finds Cédric - no takers in the box. 

10’

Nervy...

Jan Bednarek turns the ball behind for a corner, without any immediate pressure from a Bournemouth player. Danger is eventually cleared, but just need to remain calm in these early exchanges!

8’

Redderz on the offensive...

The wideman gets down the left wing, with support from Austin and Tadić. Rolls the ball square, but doesn't find a red and white shirt. Early intent from Saints, though! 👊

4’

Yellow Card for Lewis Cook (Bournemouth)

4’

Tadić down...

The Serb goes down under the pressure of Lewis Cook, looked a nasty one. Back on his feet, and the Bournemouth midfielder is booked for his troubles.

We're off...

Dan Gosling gets us under way here at St Mary's. Immediately retrieved by Alex McCarthy and Saints regain possession...

15.01

Handshakes 🤝

Formalities complete, we're ready for kick-off. And it's loud inside St Mary's! 


A very big three points on offer, let's do this, Saints! 😇

14.58

Cover ⭐️: Josh Sims

A reminder that Josh Sims is the feature interview for this week's matchday magazine! Available around the ground for just £4.


Also available online, by clicking here!

14.49

Time to get warm! 💪

Both sets of players are out on the St Mary's turf warming up. We're 30 mins away from kick-off here!

14.33

🗣👏

We want to hear you today, Saints fans! You were fantastic at Wembley stadium last weekend, more of the same please! 

14.30

📸

Full focus inside the home dressing room, ahead of kick-off today!

14.11

👋😇Arrivals!

Ahead of a massive day of Premier League football, watch Saints arrive at the stadium!

14.10

🏟Saints in the building!

Take a look through a selection of our photographers photos, as the Saints players and management made their way in to St Mary's earlier today.

14.06

Two changes! 😇

Manager Mark Hughes makes two changes to the side that started at Wembley last weekend. Shane Long and Pierre-Emile Højbjerg drop down to the bench, making way for Nathan Redmond and Dusan Tadić!

14.03

BOURNEMOUTH XI

Starting XI: Begovic (GK), Francis (c), Cook, Gosling, Akè, Daniels, Wilson, L.Cook, King, Fraser, Mousset. 

Subs: Boruc (GK), Surman, Pugh, Smith, Defoe, Mings, Ibe. 

14.00

SAINTS XI CONFIRMED! 👊

Starting XI: McCarthy (GK), Cédric, Yoshida, Hoedt, Bednarek, Bertrand (c), Tadić, Romeu, Lemina, Redmond, Austin.

Subs: Forster (GK), Stephens, Ward-Prowse, Højbjerg, Sims, Gabbiadini, Long.

14.00

⏰ Team news: 10mins and counting...

Who would you like to see in the Saints starting XI today?

13.48

Last time out: Bournemouth 1-1 Saints

Watch back the best of the action from the meeting between the teams in December, as Charlie Austin's second-half goal earned a point at Vitality Stadium.

13.07

Watch the boys get set! 🎥

Our cameras were at Staplewood on Thursday, as the squad was put through its paces by Mark Hughes. Watch as the players trained ahead of today's game...

12.59

Saints get set for Cherries 📸

View some of our images from this week, as the players built-up to this afternoon's match.

12.38

we welc0me back jack stephens from his suspension. steven davis is unfortunately struggling with his achilles again, which is an irritant to us and him. 

mark hughes
saints boss delivers his team news
12.25
TractorSaint

Here we go #saintsfc fans. Let's recreate the atmosphere from Wembley last week but not repeat the result. #wemarchon #notaderby

12.14

The manager looks ahead to a huge game

We spoke with Saints boss Mark Hughes in the build-up to the match, and he was not hiding from the importance of it. Watch our interview with him to find out what he had to say.

12.04

IT'S MATCHDAY... And it's a big one!

Welcome to our coverage from St Mary's, where it's undeniably a huge day for Southampton. Saints begin the afternoon in 18th position, four points behind Swansea, who occupy the place above them.


A win would mean a precious three points and send the side into the away games at Everton and the Swans with confidence. Stay with us for all the build-up, match updates and live commentary!

11.49

Saints vs Bournemouth Line Ups

Southampton

13
Alex McCarthy (GK)
6
Wesley Hoedt
35
Jan Bednarek
3
Maya Yoshida
21
Ryan Bertrand (C)
2
Cédric Soares
14
Oriol Romeu
18
Mario Lemina
11
Dusan Tadic
James Ward-Prowse (87′)
10
Charlie Austin
Pierre-Emile Højbjerg (72′)
22
Nathan Redmond
Shane Long (59′)
7
Shane Long
44
Fraser Forster
20
Manolo Gabbiadini
5
Jack Stephens
16
James Ward-Prowse
23
Pierre-Emile Højbjerg
39
Josh Sims

Bournemouth

27
Asmir Begovic (GK)
5
Nathan Aké
3
Steve Cook
2
Simon Francis (C)
4
Dan Gosling
Andrew Surman (72′)
11
Charlie Daniels
16
Lewis Cook
24
Ryan Fraser
31
Lys Mousset
Jordon Ibe (64′)
13
Callum Wilson
Jermain Defoe (64′)
17
Joshua King
14
Brad Smith
33
Jordon Ibe
18
Jermain Defoe
6
Andrew Surman
1
Artur Boruc
26
Tyrone Mings
7
Marc Pugh

Saints vs Bournemouth Match Stats

Southampton

Head to Head Stats

Bournemouth
  • Possession (%)
    40
    60
  • Shots
    14
    14
  • Shots on target
    6
    7
  • Corners
    5
    8
  • Passes Complete
    251
    397

Top Saints Player Stats

Goals
2
Dušan Tadić
Dušan Tadić
Shots On Target
2
Dušan Tadić
Dušan Tadić
Chances Created
5
Dušan Tadić
Dušan Tadić
Passes Completed
33
Oriol Romeu
Oriol Romeu
Tackles
4
Wesley Hoedt
Wesley Hoedt
Clearances
6
Jan Bednarek
Jan Bednarek
Saves
6
Alex McCarthy
Alex McCarthy