Saints’ Hughes, Tadic thrilled to put pressure on relegation rivals

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Southampton’s big derby win over Bournemouth will have any number of teams craning their necks behind them at the Premier League drop zone.

[ RECAP: Saints 2-1 Bournemouth ]

Dusan Tadic scored twice to pull Saints to 32 points, one back of Swans and three behind West Ham and Huddersfield.

“We need to have the teams above us looking over their shoulder and this result does that,” said Mark Hughes. “They know we have good quality, we just need to keep momentum. If we keep going like today it will go close.”

Hughes, for his part, is getting plenty of credit from his charges. Tadic, for one, says it’s all different under the Welsh boss.

“The new coach gave us extra power and experience and finally we gave him something back,” Tadic said. “We need to be at our best when it is the most difficult.”

“I think this is one of the most important wins in our history because we are fighting for our lives and I think we showed that.”

Saints have played one fewer match than Swans but could pass them with a win, as Swansea faces 18th placed Southampton and 19th place Stoke City on its run in to Decision Day.