Ward-Prowse: It will be tough

By SFC Media Sat 17 Dec Bournemouth vs Saints
Photo by Matt Watson | Ward-Prowse applauds fans

James Ward-Prowse says Southampton must stand up to a tough test in order to come away with three points against AFC Bournemouth in the Premier League.

Saints were frustrated by ten-man Stoke City in midweek and head into a South Coast derby hoping to return to make it seven points from nine.

Opponents Bournemouth will be buoyed by their home victory over reigning champions Leicester City.

“It’s a battle of styles and Bournemouth are going to try and use the home advantage to make it a hostile atmosphere for us,” said Ward-Prowse.

“We all know what this game is about and we’ve got a few of the lads who have been here a long time now and know the rivalry between the two clubs.

“It’s going to be a tough test but it’s one we’ll have to stand up to and fight for.

“They’re in a good run of form at the minute and we’ve been looking to pick up a few good results.”

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