Saints safe after St Mary's thriller

St Mary's Stadium | Sat 27 Apr 3PM | Attendance: 31,310
Match Report Highlights

Saints vs Bournemouth
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Saints vs Bournemouth As It Happened

Key moments so far

  • Targett's header saw Saints retake the lead in an action packed match
  • Long had put Saints ahead before goals from Gosling and Wilson
  • Ward-Prowse levelled with a low, left-footed drive to make it 2-2 before Targett's goal.
  • Wilson gets his second late on from Fraser's cross .
Photo by Matt Watson

FULL TIME: Saints 3-3 Bournemouth

It finishes a point apiece here as Southampton are denied all three points in the final few minutes by a Callum Wilson leveller. With Fulham still 1-0 up against Cardiff, it could prove to be the point that secures Premier League safety.

+5’

King's effort is wide

Solanke chests the ball into the path of King but his left-footed strike is well wide.

90’

Five minutes added time...

There's going to be a minimum of five minutes added time here at St Mary's.

88’

Gunn makes a huge, huge save to deny Wilson

Wilson is played clean through on goal by Brooks, carrying the ball a fair distance before looking to score. Gunn is out to deny him and make a big save.

87’

Southampton substitution: Charlie Austin replaces Shane Long

Austin is introduced for Long in our final change of the game.

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The visitors level

King wins the ball off Armstrong, plays it left to Fraser and his low cross is bundled in at the back post by Wilson.

85’

GOAL

Callum Wilson (85’) | 3 3

84’

Targett's dinked cross runs away

Targett takes up a good position on the left and finds space, before sending a dinked cross to the back post which runs out for a goal kick.

What a moment for Matt Targett! 😇

A first Premier League goal for the Academy graduate...and what a time to get it! 

80’

Southampton substitution: Stuart Armstrong replaces Danny Ings

Second substitution of the afternoon for Saints, who deservedly gets a huge reception. His work to keep the ball alive for the third goal clearly appreciated by the home crowd. He's one of our own 🎶

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77’

Solanke's pass runs out for a goal kick

Solanke looks to set Fraser away in a promising position down the right but he overhits his pass and it goes out for a goal kick.

76’

A Saints corner comes to nothing...

Yan Valery's cross is turned behind by Simpson. Ward-Prowse's delivery comes in to the front post but Lerma clears in front of Ings.

73’

Fraser slots his effort wide

Solanke is immediately into the action as he sets the ball back Fraser, but the Scotland international hits it first time and it's not troubling Gunn.

71’

Bournemouth substitution: Dominic Solanke replaces Nathaniel Clyne

It's an attacking change from Eddie Howe as the former Saints defender departs.

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71’

Højbjerg's effort flies just wide

It's a powerful effort from the skipper who sees his right-footed effort fly wide from the edge of the area.

GOALSCORER 33 Matt Targett

BACK IN FRONT 🔥

Valery delivers a wonderful cross from the right, Targett meets it at the back post with his head and makes it 3-2.

66’

GOOOAL!!!

Matt Targett (66’) | 3 2

62’

Ward-Prowse's corner evades everyone

Saints are well on top here! Ward-Prowse's corner is whipped in with pace and it goes all the way through without a touch.

1️⃣, 2️⃣, 3️⃣

Get in there, Prowsey! 

58’

Ings' effort saved by Boruc

Simpson gets caught under the ball after Højbjerg's long pass, Ings looks to flick it beyond Boruc as it drops down but it doesn't have enough power.

GOALSCORER 16 James Ward-Prowse

YESSSS!!!!!!!!

We're level! Ward-Prowse picks up the ball on the edge of the box and sends a low drive beyond Boruc's reach with his left foot. 

54’

GOOOAL!!!

James Ward-Prowse (54’) | 2 2

52’

Bournemouth substitution: Emerson Hyndman replaces Dan Gosling

There's the change we were expecting earlier. Gosling has tried to shake off an injury but is unable to continue and is replaced by Hyndman.

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51’

Simpson hits the side-netting

Fraser's corner is delivered to the front post and Simpson's header comes back off the side-netting.

50’

Redmond shoots over

Ings dances his way into the box with quick feet before passing the ball short to Long. He sets it back to Redmond on the edge of the area but he fires his shot well over.

48’

Gosling down injured

There's a break in play here as Gosling receives treatment, with Hyndman being prepared on the bench in case he can't continue.

48’

Bertrand's shot is always rising

The ball falls out as far as Bertrand following a Saints corner but he can't keep his left-footed volley down.

46’

Back under way! Come on, Saints

We're up and running for the second-half. Ralph Hasenhüttl has introduced Targett in place of Romeu. Let's get after these.

HT

Southampton substitution: Matt Targett replaces Oriol Romeu

It's a change for Saints at the break.

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HALF TIME: Saints 1-2 Bournemouth

Ralph Hasenhüttl's men started superbly and deservedly led through Shane Long but the game has turned here at St Mary's, with goals from Gosling and Wilson giving the visitors an advantage at the interval.

+1’

Yellow Card for Dan Gosling (Bournemouth)

Cynical from Gosling who is turned by Ings and blocks him off to prevent a counter-attack.

45’

Fraser fouled by Bertrand

Fraser collects the ball on the right, Bertrand runs into the back of him and it's a free-kick to the visitors as we approach half-time. Three minutes additional time indicated.

39’

King's penalty appeal turned down

King holds the ball up on the left before looking to beat Bednarek and Valery to get into the box but he goes down too easily.

36’

Ings' run is blocked by Lerma

Ings lifts the ball over Lerma's head and looks to set Saints on the attack from deep but he's blocked off and a free-kick is given.

35’

Yellow Card for Shane Long (Southampton)

Long gets a yellow card for a foul just inside the Bournemouth half. Brooks looks to sprint away and Long takes a swipe at him. 

Wilson gives Bournemouth the lead

Brooks's powerful effort from the edge of the area is pushed out by Gunn but Wilson pounces to tap home.

31’

GOAL

Callum Wilson (31’) | 1 2

27’

Bednarek makes a vital block 

Bournemouth work the ball to King inside the area but just as he's about to shoot, Bednarek is there to clear it away with a superb challenge. He looked to be in a bit of pain but he's back on his feet.

26’

Yellow Card for Oriol Romeu (Southampton)

Romeu is the first man into the book as he wipes out Fraser from behind. The free-kick is taken short despite being set up to come in from deep and Saints clear.

24’

A HUGE chance for Long!

It should be 2-1! Long sees his initial effort saved by Boruc at close range and has the goal at his mercy, but he hits the post with the rebound from a few yards out.

23’

Bournemouth substitution: Ryan Fraser replaces Chris Mepham

Eddie Howe makes an early tactical switch as Chris Mepham is replaced by Ryan Fraser.

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An incisive counter-attack

The visitors are level after their first attack. It's four against two on the counter, Wilson is found on the left and finds Gosling's run into the box who slots the ball past Gunn right-footed.

19’

GOAL

Dan Gosling (19’) | 1 1

18’

Redmond curls wide

Redmond drifts inside from the left and looks to curl the ball into the far corner right-footed but it goes just wide. CLOSE!

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You just love to see it! 😍

Shane Long wheels away in celebration after netting for the third consecutive home Premier League game. That makes it four goals in his last five games. 🔥🔥🔥

GOALSCORER 7 Shane Long

IT'S THAT MAN AGAIN!!!!

Shane Long makes it three goals in three consecutive Premier League home games for the first time in his career as he slides home Redmond's cut back. GET IN!

11’

GOOOAL!!!

Shane Long (11’) | 1 0

10’

Redmond denied by Boruc

Ings drives through the middle before sliding the ball into Redmond's run and he's thwarted as he looks to lift the ball over Boruc.

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Early pressure from Saints

Jan Bednarek reacts after seeing his left-footed effort inside the box blocked by Jefferson Lerma.

5’

Bertrand's cross too high for Højbjerg

What a start from Saints! They're swarming all over Bournemouth. Bertrand is the latest to send the ball into the box, but it's too high for the rising Højbjerg to get his head to.

2’

Redmond sees an early effort blocked by Simpson

Ward-Prowse, Ings and Redmond combine on the edge of the area before the latter sees a low, right-footed strike blocked behind for a corner, which Bednarek almost turns home but Lerma blocks it.

0’

We're under way at St Mary's! 🔴⚪

Saints get the game under way here. Come on lads! 

It's almost time! ⏳

The warm-ups are done here at St Mary's! Saints are looking to extend a run of scoring at least once in their last 12 home Premier League games. Only Manchester City (19), Arsenal (17) and Liverpool (13) are enjoying a longer run. Let's get those three points secured 👊

14.46

This is how the visitors line-up to face Saints...

Starting XI: Boruc, Cook (c), Ake, Mepham, Simpson, Clyne, Lerma, Gosling, Brooks, King, Wilson.

Subs: Begovic, Hyndman, Fraser, Ibe, Mousset, Surridge, Solanke.

14.12

yesterday morning he was ill and we had to change a few things. this team change so often their basic shape and they get used to it. we have prepared for every option and problem we will face today. i'm looking forward to this game because i know my team is very concentrated.

RALPH HASENHÜTTL
SOUTHAMPTON BOSS ON MAYA YOSHIDA'S ABSENCE
14.06
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Here's your Saints team news for today! 😇

Starting XI: Gunn, Valery, Bednarek, Stephens, Bertrand, Romeu, Højbjerg (c), Ward-Prowse, Redmond, Ings, Long.


Subs: Forster, Ramsay, Targett, Lemina, Armstrong, Sims, Austin.

14.00

we can finish the fight today and make sure southampton football club is safe in the premier league. that's what we want to do; fight, play good football and make our fans proud.

jan bednarek
southampton defender
13.34

Pelle and Davis see off the Cherries! 

It was of course Steven Davis and Graziano Pelle on target in our 2-0 success over Bournemouth in November 2015. Well done to the 30% who got it right 👏

13.18
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The perfect end to the season for Saints Under-18s

It's full-time at Colney Training Centre in the Under-18 Premier League! Saints' youngsters have ended their season in style with a 4-1 win at Norwich City, thanks to goals from Roland Idowu, Kornelius Hansen, Christian Norton and Callum Watts. 

12.52
Jade White

When sisters match ❤️ #MatchDays #SaintsFC #Sisters #WeMarchOn ⚽️🔴⚪️🔴⚽️

12.37
chloe

❤️

12.35
VOTE NOW
In November 2015, Saints were 2-0 winners against Bournemouth at St Mary's! Can you remember who got the goals that day? ��

In November 2015, Saints were 2-0 winners against Bournemouth at St Mary's! Can you remember who got the goals that day? ��

The results so far:

  • Mane and Tadic
    30%
  • Pelle was at the double
    26%
  • Tadic and Davis
    15%
  • Davis and Pelle
    30%

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11.28

southampton have been in great form and done very well since the new manager went in there with their mentality, so we know we're going to need to be at our very best.

eddie howe
bournemouth manager
10.57

Premier League record-breaker Shane Long! ⚡

Shane Long broke a Premier League record against Watford on Tuesday, with a goal after just 7.69 seconds. Tactics writer Sam Tighe has been taking a look at his form under Ralph Hasenhüttl, as he aims to score in three successive Premier League home games for the first time today. Read Tactical Watch here

10.14

Get the thoughts of the Saints boss! 😇

Watch as Southampton boss Ralph Hasenhüttl previews today's home meeting with AFC Bournemouth in the Premier League.

10.08

What a big win this was!  👀

Dušan Tadić was at the double when Saints recorded a vital 2-1 victory back in April 2018 at St Mary's. Relive it with the 90-second highlights.

10.00
Southampton FC

Call this fixture what you want but today is about WINNING: what are your matchday plans for #SaintsFC 🆚 #AFCB?? 😇🍒

09.51

the players know this is a big chance, and the sooner we grab it the better.

RALPH HASENHÜTTL
southampton manager
09.48
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😇🆚🍒

It's matchday as Southampton take on AFC Bournemouth at St Mary's, looking to secure their Premier League safety. Ralph Hasenhüttl's men start the weekend six points above the drop zone and victory as well as anything other than a Cardiff win at Fulham makes relegation impossible. Stay with us for build-up, live updates and free audio commentary. 🔴⚪

09.45

Saints vs Bournemouth Line Ups

Southampton

28
Angus Gunn (GK)
21
Ryan Bertrand
5
Jack Stephens
35
Jan Bednarek
43
Yan Valery
14
Oriol Romeu
Matt Targett (45′)
16
James Ward-Prowse
23
Pierre-Emile Højbjerg (C)
22
Nathan Redmond
9
Danny Ings
Stuart Armstrong (81′)
7
Shane Long
Charlie Austin (88′)
44
Fraser Forster
10
Charlie Austin
17
Stuart Armstrong
18
Mario Lemina
39
Josh Sims
33
Matt Targett
66
Kayne Ramsay

Bournemouth

1
Artur Boruc (GK)
23
Nathaniel Clyne
Dominic Solanke (72′)
3
Steve Cook (C)
5
Nathan Aké
25
Jack Simpson
33
Chris Mepham
Ryan Fraser (23′)
4
Dan Gosling
Emerson Hyndman (53′)
20
David Brooks
8
Jefferson Lerma
13
Callum Wilson
17
Joshua King
29
Dominic Solanke
44
Sam Surridge
22
Emerson Hyndman
9
Lys Mousset
27
Asmir Begovic
24
Ryan Fraser
10
Jordon Ibe

Saints vs Bournemouth Match Stats

Southampton

Head to Head Stats

Bournemouth
  • Possession (%)
    44
    56
  • Shots
    22
    9
  • Shots on target
    7
    5
  • Corners
    9
    3
  • Passes Complete
    258
    352

Top Saints Player Stats

Goals
1
James Ward-Prowse
James Ward-Prowse
Shots On Target
2
Danny Ings
Danny Ings
Chances Created
4
James Ward-Prowse
James Ward-Prowse
Passes Completed
46
Pierre-Emile Højbjerg
Pierre-Emile Højbjerg
Tackles
8
Pierre-Emile Højbjerg
Pierre-Emile Højbjerg
Clearances
9
Jan Bednarek
Jan Bednarek
Saves
2
Angus Gunn
Angus Gunn