Saints earn a point at Cherries

Vitality Stadium | Sat 20 Oct 3PM | Attendance: 10,986
Match Report Highlights

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Bournemouth vs Saints As It Happened

Key moments so far

  • FULL-TIME: Bournemouth 0-0 Saints
  • The point means Mark Hughes's side remain in 16th place
  • Saints shaded the second period, with chances for substitute pairing Stuart Armstrong and Manolo Gabbiadini
  • Charlie Austin had the best chance of a fairly even first half
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Report: South coast stalemate at Bournemouth

Southampton halted the momentum of free-scoring Bournemouth in an evenly-contested goalless draw. Our report from the Vitality Stadium.

17.15

FULL-TIME: Bournemouth 0-0 Saints

It finishes all square at the Vitality Stadium. Saints had their chances to win it in the second half, with all three substitutes making a positive impact from the bench. Not least Manolo Gabbiadini, who could have nicked it at the death, after clever wide play from Redmond, but it wasn't to be as the visitors are forced to accept a share of the points. 

Final few minutes...

McCarthy goes in search of Redmond. The winger does superbly to beat Ake, and dink a ball towards Gabbiadini, who rises and heads agonisingly over. Begovic was beaten by the accuracy of the cross, but the forward can't convert. 😩

+1’

Ibe escapes

The substitute powered past Bertrand, before Hoedt intervened, but conceded a free-kick. Shane Long provides the defensive header for Saints, at the expense of a corner, which is again cleared.

90’

Mazy run from Stanislas

The winger has looked dangerous since coming on. He cuts inside, but takes one touch too many and is crowded out by Hoedt and Stephens. Cook then launches a long throw, presenting a chance for Gosling to shoot, but Stephens blocks. 

88’

Lerma header

Deep free-kick into the area, which the midfielder is first to. He rises and flicks the ball on, but McCarthy is able to collect easily enough. 

86’

Yellow Card for Callum Wilson (Bournemouth)

For a push on Wesley Hoedt. 

86’

Wilson tumbles in the box

Cédric certainly takes the ball first, but catches the striker who goes over in the area. Shouts of a penalty from the home support, but referee Lee Probert uninterested. 

84’

Bournemouth substitution: Dan Gosling replaces Joshua King

Final change for Eddie Howe.

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Into the final 10

Long with two opportunities to break the deadlock, agonisingly close for Saints. Before the ball dropped out of the sky for Armstrong, headed across goal by Long, but not seized upon by Armstrong, whose control let him down at the final moment. 

78’

Southampton substitution: Manolo Gabbiadini replaces Danny Ings

Frontline changed, as Gabbiadini replaces Ings.

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77’

Southampton substitution: Shane Long replaces Charlie Austin

Double change for Mark Hughes, with Austin making way.

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76’

Bournemouth substitution: Jordon Ibe replaces Ryan Fraser

Second change for the hosts.

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73’

King shot blocked

Good defending from Hoedt initially, and then from Austin, who heads behind for a corner. Ake latched on to the delivery, and got up well, but headed straight into the arms of McCarthy. That was Bournemouth's first attempt on target.

Højbjerg volley

Lovely technique again from the Dane, who forces a one-handed save from Begovic. The ball fell nicely to him, and the chested control was neat, but it would have taken a lot for him to beat the Bournemouth stopper from that distance.

68’

Bournemouth threatening

Francis had the eventual shot, after good work again from Stanislas. The wideman linked with Callum Wilson, before it was spread to Francis, but the shot wasn't overly inspiring. The resulting corner was cleared by Saints.

65’

Southampton substitution: Stuart Armstrong replaces Mario Lemina

The midfielder is forced off with the knee injury picked up earlier. Armstrong is on in his place.

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64’

King mishits

On his weaker side, King miscues the shot, where perhaps he should have done better. Stanislas had broken, and found the reverse pass towards the forward, who didn't get a clean strike. 

62’

Cédric cross

The full-back had got forward well, escaping his marker, but didn't get his head up before crossing. The ball was cut out by Steve Cook, but Ings and Austin had both checked their runs, and looked to be available on the edge of the technical area.

58’

Bournemouth substitution: Junior Stanislas replaces David Brooks

First change of the afternoon for Eddie Howe. Brooks is replaced by Stanislas, who is returning from injury.

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Ings forces save

The forward collected the ball out wide, and drifted in-field before hitting a shot-cum-cross. Begovic watched the ball into his arms, but it does represent another effort on target for Mark Hughes's side. The game is opening up slightly. 

53’

Francis forward

Brooks tries to play a sly ball through to the defender, who had advanced well down the right. But overhit the pass. 

48’

Lemina down

The midfielder looks to have jarred his knee upon landing. He's down receiving treatment.

46’

King heads wide

Much in the same way that the first half started, the home side are on the attack from kick-off. Lerma whipped an inviting delivery towards King, who headed marginally off target.

HT

Brooks restarts

Bournemouth get the second period under way. We're goalless here, so expecting a livelier half!

HALF-TIME: Bournemouth 0-0 Saints

An even first half comes to an end. Charlie Austin had the visitors' best opportunity, but wasn't able to test Begovic. Saints have contained their south coast neighbours effectively enough, but Mark Hughes will no doubt want to see more attacking intent in the second period. 

+1’

Højbjerg drive

The midfielder hits one on the volley from range. He caught it well, and with accuracy, but Begovic was able to save. Some direction either side of the Bournemouth stopper could have provided a different outcome, however.

40’

Yellow Card for Mario Lemina (Southampton)

The midfielder lunges into Josh King, who tumbles over the outstretched leg. Saints' second booking.

38’

Ings senses opportunity...

Bournemouth, looking to get forward at every opportunity, are leaving a two on two situation with Austin and Ings lurking. It could well prove beneficial for the forward pairing...

Saints go close...

Charlie Austin was in behind, and after beating Francis, attempted to take the ball around Begovic. He overran it, but there was a glimpse of goal for the striker there.

33’

Yellow Card for Ryan Bertrand (Southampton)

The full-back goes into the referee's book for kicking the ball away.

Even stevens

Nothing much between the sides here. Both attempting to create chances from wide areas, but goalmouth action has been limited. Saints are containing the hosts. 

29’

Wilson heads wayward

The striker can't control his header, under pressure from returning centre-back Jack Stephens. Good defending from the youngster. 

27’

Austin clashes with Ake

The pairing compete for the ball in the air, but clash heads. Both receive treatment, and are okay to re-enter the pitch.

24’

Redmond one on one

Simon Francis ushers Redmond towards the byline, and he wins a corner off the the centre-half. The delivery is too close to Begovic who catches, and launches a counter attack with Josh King. Saints win the ball back, after a wasteful pass from Cook. 

18’

Optimistic from Lemina

The midfielder had a go from distance, but didn't get enough purchase on the ball as it rolls through to Asmir Begovic. Saints aiming to get on the front foot early.

13’

Brooks shot

The youngster opened his body up for the shot, but failed to get any curl on the ball. McCarthy happy to watch the effort sail past the far post.

Corner...

Fraser found himself in-field, allowing an overload down the right. Saints win a corner, which is delivered by Redmond. The ball eventually fell to Højbjerg, who tried his luck, but there were plenty of Bournemouth shirts to block the effort.

7’

McCarthy catches comfortably

Ryan Fraser curls a cross into the area, but it had enough flight for the Saints stopper to be favourite to claim. The visitors were then on the attack, but Charlie Austin had drifted offside as Bertrand drilled the ball into the striker's feet.

3’

Redmond fires over

The wideman tries his luck from distance, perhaps 40 yards out. The free-kick has plenty of pace, which eventually sees the ball sail over the crossbar. 

2’

From the off...

Callum Wilson tees up Adam Smith, pulling the ball across the box for the full-back to strike, but he rather muddles his feet. The danger is cleared, but that's an early warning sign for Saints.

1’

We're under way...

And we're off in this all south coast affair. Saints in their away strip, blue and yellow in the Dorset sunshine. Let's go, lads! 😇

Saints get set 😎

There's plenty of sunshine on the south coast this afternoon, as Saints' troops get set to do battle with Bournemouth!

14.55

Last thoughts from the manager before kick-off...

Watch as manager Mark Hughes speaks with the media in the tunnel at Vitality Stadium as the start of today's game approaches.

14.32

"Show our best side"

Pierre-Emile Højbjerg has been speaking ahead of kick-off at Vitality Stadium. Watch to see what he had to say.

14.24

The lads arrive at Vitality Stadium! 📸

The Saints squad has arrived in Bournemouth, with the players already out taking in today's surroundings.

14.14

That's three changes for Saints...

In come Jack Stephens, Mohamed Elyounoussi and Charlie Austin from the team that lost to Chelsea before the international break. Out go Maya Yoshida and Manolo Gabbiadini, who drop to the bench, while Jan Bednarek is out of the squad altogether. For Bournemouth, injury doubts Ryan Fraser and Josh King have both made the starting line-up.

14.08

BOURNEMOUTH LINE-UP CONFIRMED!

Starting XI: Begović, Francis (c), S. Cook, Aké, Smith, Brooks, L. Cook, Lerma, Fraser, Wilson, King.

Subs: Boruć, Rico, Gosling, Surman, Ibe, Stanislas, Defoe.

14.02

SAINTS LINE-UP REVEALED!

Starting XI: McCarthy, Cédric, Stephens, Hoedt, Bertrand (c), Højbjerg, Lemina, Elyounoussi, Redmond, Inge, Austin.

Subs: Gunn, Yoshida, Vestergaard, Ward-Prowse, Armstrong, Long, Gabbiadini.

13.59

KEY MATCH-UPS

Tactics writer Sam Tighe has picked out his three key battles today. Have a read by clicking here.

13.37

you always feel against bournemouth, because of the way they play – they're a little expansive, that's the way they play – that, at some point, you'll get good opportunities, so we've got to maximise those.

mark hughes
saints manager
13.30

Cherries' injury concerns

Team news is coming up at 2pm BST, and, while Mark Hughes appeared to have no fresh concerns this week, Eddie Howe has two worries for Bournemouth, both of which are important attacking players. Ryan Fraser is a doubt with a hamstring issue, while striker Josh King has been battling with an ankle injury. 

13.18

i definitely think the rivalry between southampton and us has developed over the last few years. we respect southampton. it will be tough.

eddie howe
bournemouth manager
13.05

💛💙 YELLOWS! YELLOWS! 💙💛

It's the away kit at Vitality Stadium this afternoon, and it's all set in the dressing room for the lads' arrival!

12.51

Getting set for the big game! 📸

Check out our images from Staplewood Campus earlier this week, as Saints continued the build-up to the Bournemouth match.

12.41

Under-23s win a thriller at St Mary's!

Southampton Under-23s beat Premier League 2 leaders Wolves 3-2 in a dramatic game on Friday night, netting the winner deep into added time through Tom O'Connor! The result continues a brilliant start to the season for Radhi Jaïdi's youngsters. Check out the best of the action here in our highlights!

12.32

our away following is fantastic and always has been. but it's up to us to make sure there's something to shout about.

mark hughes
on another sold-out away crowd following saints
12.26

MATCH PACK: Cherries vs Saints

Get all the key team news, form guide, star performers and stats ahead of today's game with our in-depth match preview, in association with SportPesa. Click here to check it out!

12.17
Southampton FC

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12.09

The manager previews today's game...

We spoke with Mark Hughes ahead of this afternoon's match about what he wants to see from his team and what the keys to the game are. Watch our interview here to find out what he had to say.

11.48

MATCHDAY: BOURNEMOUTH 🆚 SOUTHAMPTON

Welcome to Matchday Live, ahead of a big south coast clash between Saints and Bournemouth! Mark Hughes's team are heading to Vitality Stadium today, and we'll be with you every step of the way, so stick with us for build-up, team news, live match updates and free commentary from the game! 

11.47

Bournemouth vs Saints Line Ups

Bournemouth

27
Asmir Begovic (GK)
2
Simon Francis (C)
3
Steve Cook
15
Adam Smith
5
Nathan Aké
8
Jefferson Lerma
16
Lewis Cook
20
David Brooks
Junior Stanislas (59′)
24
Ryan Fraser
Jordon Ibe (77′)
17
Joshua King
Dan Gosling (85′)
13
Callum Wilson
6
Andrew Surman
10
Jordon Ibe
21
Diego Rico
18
Jermain Defoe
4
Dan Gosling
19
Junior Stanislas
1
Artur Boruc

Southampton

1
Alex McCarthy (GK)
21
Ryan Bertrand (C)
6
Wesley Hoedt
5
Jack Stephens
2
Cédric Soares
11
Mohamed Elyounoussi
23
Pierre-Emile Højbjerg
22
Nathan Redmond
18
Mario Lemina
Stuart Armstrong (66′)
10
Charlie Austin
Shane Long (78′)
9
Danny Ings
Manolo Gabbiadini (79′)
7
Shane Long
4
Jannik Vestergaard
20
Manolo Gabbiadini
17
Stuart Armstrong
16
James Ward-Prowse
3
Maya Yoshida
28
Angus Gunn

Bournemouth vs Saints Match Stats

Bournemouth

Head to Head Stats

Southampton
  • Possession (%)
    57
    43
  • Shots
    9
    8
  • Shots on target
    2
    4
  • Corners
    6
    4
  • Passes Complete
    350
    250

Top Saints Player Stats

Shots On Target
2
Pierre-Emile Højbjerg
Pierre-Emile Højbjerg
Chances Created
2
Nathan Redmond
Nathan Redmond
Passes Completed
47
Pierre-Emile Højbjerg
Pierre-Emile Højbjerg
Tackles
6
Pierre-Emile Højbjerg
Pierre-Emile Højbjerg
Clearances
10
Wesley Hoedt
Wesley Hoedt
Saves
2
Alex McCarthy
Alex McCarthy