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Bournemouth picks up first-ever win away to Southampton

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Bournemouth picked up its first-ever victory (16 visits – all competitions) away to Southampton in the Premier League‘s budding south coast rivalry, 3-1 at St. Mary’s Stadium on Friday.

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Nathan Ake and Harry Wilson got goals for Eddie Howe‘s side during a wonderfully dominant first-half performance before the roles were reversed in the second half. James Ward-Prowse pulled Southampton back to 2-1 not long after halftime and Saints pressed and pressed for an equalizer but ultimately came up empty. To make matters worse, Callum Wilson put the game away on a late Saints howler.


3 things we learned

  1. Slow starts for Saints — Through six games, Saints have conceded the first goal four times. For a team that’s built around the idea of defensive solidity and limiting chances, Ralph Hasenhuttl‘s side appears especially limited once forced to change its plan of attack and… well, attack. In the two games they didn’t concede first, two clean sheets and two wins.
  2. Halftime adjustments — Hasenhuttl certainly got his tactics wrong from the start, but whatever was said at halftime made a noticeable difference in the second half. Given loads more freedom to push forward in attack and to win back possession, Southampton made it a game from 45:01 onward.
  3. Making few chances count a lot — Bournemouth needed just six shots to get their two goals. On the other hand, they managed just six shots in 90 minutes. Highly efficient, or lacking in overall production? Both, perhaps?

Man of the Match: Oriol Romeu


Ake put the Cherries ahead in the 10th minute, rising high above the crowd to get his head to Diego Rico‘s corner kick. It was Bournemouth’s fifth goal (of nine scored) from a set piece this season.

It didn’t take long for Bournemouth to easily cut through Saints’ four-man backline — a tactical change from the three-man operation which secured a victory away to Sheffield United last weekend — and put the ball in the back of the net again. Joshua King finished a devastating counter-attack with a sublime finish, only to have the goal taken off the board for being narrowly offside, via video review.

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Once again, Bournemouth met little resistance en route to doubling their lead, only this time the goal stood. Philip Billing got to the endline down the left side of Saints’ penalty area and cut the ball back to the penalty spot where Wilson was waiting to sweep it past a helpless Angus Gunn.

Saints were gifted their way back into the game in the 52nd minute, when Steve Cook went straight through Che Adams as Southampton broke down the left side of the box. Ward-Prowse stepped up to the spot and hammered the ball past Aaron Ramsdale to cut the deficit in half.

Saints’ best chance at drawing level came in the 82nd minute, but Ward-Prowse was denied Ramsdale from close range, and though he spilled the rebound in front of goal, Bournemouth were able to clear the ball away in just the nick of time.

Gunn and center back Jannik Vestergaard ran into one another outside the Saints penalty area in the 95th minute, allowing Wilson to pick the ball up and walk it over the end line for the late exclamation point on Bournemouth’s historic night.

Bournemouth’s defensive desperation was such that they attempted just the six shots in the game, including zero between the 38th and 85th minutes. Alas, Saints couldn’t find the equalizer and Bournemouth catapulted all the way up to third in the PL, for the time being.

Southampton ease past sorry Fulham (video)

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  • Romeu, Ward-Prowse score goals
  • Saints two points above bottom three
  • Fulham 10 points from safety
  • Cottagers yet to win away

Southampton beat Fulham 2-0 at St Mary’s on Wednesday to drag themselves out of the relegation zone and pour more misery on the Cottagers.

First half goals from Oriol Romeu and James Ward-Prowse did the business for Ralph Hasenhuttl‘s side, while Fulham’s fans booed Claudio Ranieri and mocked their players throughout a woeful display.

Their status as a Premier League club is now in real jeopardy as they failed to turn up for a game they had to win to have any chance of staying up. Fulham are now 10 points from safety with 10 games to go.

With the win Saints now have 27 points and move two points above Cardiff, while Fulham have 17 points and remain in 19th place.

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Saints had plenty of the ball early on with Nathan Redmond smashing over after some smart footwork.

Calum Chambers had a shot deflected wide after a wonderful flowing move from Fulham, then Redmond had a shot deflected over as the game got going.

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Charlie Austin almost got on the end of a Ryan Bertrand cross before half time and from the resulting corner Saints took the lead. Bertrand’s corner caught Segio Rico flapping at it and Oriol Romeu’s shot from outside the box deflected in. 1-0.

Before the break Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg sent a shot from the edge of the box inches wide as Saints took control of the game. Fulham were a threat on the break as Aleksandar Mitrovic turned well in the box but Yan Valery blocked the shot and then Mitrovic fired over.

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However, Saints got their second goal before the interval after good pressure forced Fulham into a mistake and Ward-Prowse followed up Redmond’s shot after Rico parried it. 2-0.

At the start of the second half Redmond was found with a short free kick but he dragged his shot wide with Saints attackers unable to get on the end of it.

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Saints had several chances to stretch their lead but Fulham almost made it interesting as Ryan Babel hit the crossbar with a shot.

The Fulham fans then vented their frustration at Claudio Ranieri and Director of Football Operations Tony Khan in the final moments, as the Cottagers are now in a huge amount of trouble in 19th place.

Hasenhuttl “unbelievably proud” of Southampton’s warriors

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Ralph Hasenhuttl hailed his 10-man Southampton side for digging deep to win away at Leicester City and drag themselves out of the relegation zone. 

Saints were 2-0 up at half time but had Yan Valery sent off in the 45th minute, putting them up against it in the second half. Leicester had 85 percent possession and 19 attempts at goal in the second period, but scored just once as Saints put in a valiant defensive display to secure a huge three points.

Speaking after the game, Hasenhuttl praised the mentality of his players and suggested they rather enjoyed the challenge.

“The second half was getting in the same compact with the defense and to try to defend,” Hasenhuttl said. “This manner and mainly the passion and the mentality was the winner of this game today. I thought we got too early 2-1, so it would be a long time then to get something here. The players enjoyed it. They felt the way we defend it is very difficult for the opponents to score. The longer the game went on, the more stable we were.”

Hasenhuttl also told BBC’s Match of the Day that he is “unbelievably proud” of his players.

“To be manager of this team, it’s a fantastic job,” Hasenhuttl said. “Today they showed their quality. To go 2-0 in the lead at Leicester is not easy and we defended with fantastic commitment.”

This feels like a massive moment in Southampton’s season.

Saints have dropped more points from winning positions than any other team in the Premier League this season but their players stood up to the challenge and were calm despite being pegged back to 2-1 with over 30 minutes remaining. Jan Bednarek, Oriol Romeu, Long, Jannik Vestergaard and Jack Stephens were all impressive as they made sure Hasenhuttl will have a selection dilemma in the weeks to come.

They were without regulars Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, Charlie Austin (both suspended), Danny Ings, Michael Obafemi, Mario Lemina, Ryan Bertrand (all injured) and Maya Yoshida (on international duty at the Asian Cup) and had eight players from their famed academy in their 18-man squad. Callum Slattery made his Premier League debut as a sub, while Sam Gallagher played his first minutes of the PL season late on as Hasenhuttl’s squad was stretched to the limit.

No matter who was out there Saints’ players showed they are fighting for their new manager, and Hasenhuttl has now won three of his first seven PL games as Southampton manager. That equals as many victories as Mark Hughes, the man he replaced, managed in 22 matches as Saints boss.

Hasenhuttl has momentum and Southampton now have a favorable run of games with Everton, Crystal Palace and Cardiff City at home, plus a trip to Burnley. The next few weeks are pivotal for their chances of not only staying in the Premier League but pushing themselves into midtable.

Anderson leads West Ham to comeback win at Saints

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  • Southampton led through Redmond
  • Anderson scored twice to win it for Hammers
  • 10 first team players out injured for West Ham
  • Felipe Anderson has scored 7 goals in his last 9 PL games

SOUTHAMPTON — West Ham United fought back to beat Southampton 2-1 at St Mary’s on Thursday, as all three goals arrived in nine wild second half minutes.

Saints took the lead through Nathan Redmond, but Felipe Anderson scored twice in six minutes to turn the game on its head as Manuel Pellegrini‘s men had to deal with 10 first team players out through injury.

With the victory — their fifth in their last six PL games — West Ham move up to ninth place on 27 points, while Saints remain in 16th on 15 points.

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Saints came flying out of the traps with Redmond getting a shot on goal from distance and Ings then wriggling free before firing a shot into the side-netting.

At the other end Felipe Anderson was the main threat as he dribbled past several Saints defenders but then slipped just as he was about to get a shot on goal.

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As the first half wore on West Ham were dominant and they should have been ahead through Lucas Perez. Aaron Cresswell crossed from the left and picked out the Spaniard who was totally unmarked but scuffed his shot into the ground and harmlessly wide. A huge letoff for Southampton.

The Hammers went close again just before the break as Robert Snodgrass whipped a shot just wide, but West Ham couldn’t get the goal their first half dominance deserved.

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In the second half the game sprung into life in dramatic fashion.

First Southampton took the lead after an almighty goalmouth scramble saw both Oriol Romeu and Redmond denied, then Redmond seemed to bundle the ball over the line with his hand but the goal stood as Saints led 1-0.

West Ham then came flying back, with an equalizer just 168 seconds after they went behind. Anderson cut in from the left and smashed home a low shot which beat Alex McCarthy at his near post. 1-1.

Lukasz Fabianski then made a superb stop to deny Stuart Armstrong as Saints pushed to retake the lead, but moments later the Hammers were ahead.

A Southampton corner was blocked by the Hammers and they raced into a counter led by Michail Antonio. He fed Anderson who clipped the ball over McCarthy for his and West Ham’s second goal in six minutes.

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Saints continued to have chances to equalize as the game turned into an end-to-end encounter with substitute Shane Long almost getting on the end of a cross at the back post. Anderson was causing Saints all kinds of problems as he ran down the left and crossed for Perez but Jannik Vestergaard blocked his shot.

Late on Southampton threw everything at West Ham in search of an equalizer, however it was the Hammers who came closest as Anderson almost wrapped up his hat trick but McCarthy saved twice at his near post.

Saints win six-pointer at Huddersfield

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  • Redmond, Ings, Obafemi score
  • Huddersfield lose fifth-straight game
  • Second-straight win for Saints
  • First consecutive PL wins for Saints since April 2017

Southampton’s revival under Ralph Hasenhuttl continued on Saturday at the John Smith’s Stadium, as they beat Huddersfield Town 3-1.

Saints led 2-0 at half time thanks to goals from Nathan Redmond and Danny Ings, and although Philip Billing‘s strike have Huddersfield hope of a comeback, Saints found another gear late on as teenager Michael Obafemi scored his first-ever Premier League goal.

With the win Saints move on to 15 points for the season, while Huddersfield remain on 10 points.

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The first big chance of the game went to Saints as Matt Targett‘s cross was pushed away by Jonas Lossl and Huddersfield hacked the loose ball away with Oriol Romeu‘s shot saved by Lossl. Soon after Saints were ahead.

Ings played it to Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg and his pass opened up the Huddersfield defense. Redmond ran on to it and slammed home his first goal of the season after his 28th attempt on goal.

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Huddersfield were dangerous from long throws and corner kicks but Southampton were lively on the counter and that is how they got their second.

The ball was played in to Ings and despite his heavy touch, Mathias Jorgensen brought him down and the hometown hero dusted himself off to score from the penalty spot and put Saints 2-0 up.

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Huddersfield threw everything at Saints in the second half and only some fine goalkeeping from Southampton kept them out at first. Alex McCarthy saved Jorgensen’s header superbly after some hesitant Saints defending but he then made a hash of Billing’s shot from distance soon after.

Billing’s shot was straight at McCarthy but the swerve deceived him and it was 2-1. Moments later he made a solid stop from Issac Mbenza and was then brave to deny Jorgensen as Huddersfield were back in the game.

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The introduction of 18-year-old striker Obafemi changed the game for Saints, as he had several chances to score on the break and finished one of them for his first-ever career goal to make it 3-1 and seal back-to-back wins for Southampton for the first time in almost 18 months.