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Summary

  1. Davis converts from fine Bertrand cross
  2. Pelle heads in second from Tadic cross
  3. Wanyama sent off for two yellow cards
  4. Saints move up to seventh in table

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By Jonathan Jurejko

All times stated are UK

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Goodbye!

That's another weekend of Premier League action done and dusted. Well, sort of. Of course we have the small matter of Tottenham and Aston Villa tomorrow night - without Tim Sherwood of course. Perhaps he will be following our live text and radio commentary, and make sure you do too! See you tomorrow....

Stats of the day

Southampton 2-0 Bournemouth

  • Southampton are unbeaten in their last six league meetings with Bournemouth (W5 D1).
  • The Cherries have failed to score on six of their nine visits to Southampton in the league.
  • Southampton are unbeaten at home in league competition against Bournemouth, winning seven and drawing two.

Davis happy with scoring form

Southampton 2-0 Bournemouth

Southampton's opening goalscorer Steven Davis has now netted twice in his last four Premier League appearances - after scoring two in his previous 86 games.

"It has been nice to get on the scoresheet, it was frustrating when I didn't manage to," he tells BBC Sport.

"It was a well worked team goal and so was the second. We were delighted with the first half, frustrated with the second. It's something we are going to have to look at, although we did expect them to produce a reaction and put pressure on us."

Francis frustrated by defeat

Southampton 2-0 Bournemouth

Bournemouth captain Simon Francis: "It is another frustrating result for us. We're going behind in games then playing our best stuff afterwards. We're asking ourselves why we can't start games like that. We try to get the ball down and pass the ball, but we didn't do that in the first half."

Manager reaction - Howe

Southampton 2-0 Bournemouth

"I thought the second half was everything we wanted the first to be. We were off the pace first half and Southampton played well. It was a reverse in the second but the only thing missing were goals.

"We wanted a bit more pace after the break. We got our passing rhythm going in the second half. The overall performance and work ethic was very good.

"Technically we showed we can compete. Our passing and movement were to a high level. We need to cut out the mistakes."

Eddie Howe Bournemouth manager

Player reaction

Southampton 2-0 Bournemouth

Southampton defender Virgil van Dijk: "We have to learn not to let our second-half performance drop, we did the same against Leicester. In the end we got a 2-0 win and a clean sheet - it was an important win. So it was a good day. we need to look at ourselves, we gave them the opportunity to come back and gave them confidence. We need to do much better and find a solution. With the quality we have we need to keep going."

Southampton 2-0 Bournemouth

Steve Claridge

BBC Radio 5 Live at St Mary's

There will be things that Eddie Howe can take from this game and look forward with optimism.

Manager reaction

Southampton 2-0 Bournemouth

"The first 45 minutes was the best football so far this season. Good movement and great goals. We learned a bit from the Leicester game at 2-0 to defend better. Always an opponent will give a reaction and you have to deal with that. We lost balls and had no control. We need to do that better.

"In every Premier League game, even at 2-0 up is difficult. You need good defending and more control and to win every battle. Still, I think it was a very good performance.

"We know we can play fantastic football. If we take that and learn from the second half we will finish in a high position.

[On Jose Fonte's injury] "We will have to wait until tomorrow. He had some pain in his hamstring so we didn't want to take the risk."

Ronald Koeman Southampton manager

FULL-TIME

Southampton 2-0 Bournemouth

A tale of two halves is shown by the average positions of all 22 players. The first half shows Southampton's XI were on the front foot, while Bournemouth hardly made it out of their own half.

Bournemouth
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But the same graphic after 90 minutes shows Southampton were forced back by Bournemouth's increased attacking play after the break.

Bournemouth
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Southampton 2-0 Bournemouth

Saints boss Ronald Koeman is smiling as he faces the cameras in the St Mary's tunnel. But he might not have been if Bournemouth found a breakthrough. The Dutchman reckons his side's first-half performance was the best he had seen this season, but prefers to pin their second-half struggles on Bournemouth's intensity rather than their own deficiencies. Full quotes to come shortly....

FULL-TIME

Southampton 2-0 Bournemouth

Here's the evidence that Bournemouth were 'plucky'/'brave'/'unlucky'. The Cherries hardly had a kick in the first half, but their improved performance after the break helped them to shade possession and territory over the 90 minutes.

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Arthur Fane: Good 2nd half from Cherries, but will be patronisingly described as ‘plucky’ I’m sure. Fear from them without a decent striker.

Player reaction

Southampton 2-0 Bournemouth

Southampton striker Graziano Pelle on Sky Sports: "We worked hard because Bournemouth were trying to reduce the gap. We need to improve in some parts when we are winning 2-0."

Southampton midfielder Steven Davis on Sky Sports: "We were happy with how we played first half and knew they would come out in the second. There are things we can improve on, particularly in keeping hold of the ball.

"It is nice to get in the right areas and score. It was an important goal at an important time.

"Gradually we are getting better each game. It is important now to put a run together."

FULL-TIME

Southampton 2-0 Bournemouth

Steve Claridge

BBC Radio 5 Live at St Mary's

First half was abut the performance from Southampton but second half was about the result. In the first half they were really impressive but after the break it was a whimper. There is much more to Saints than that second half, but job done. Bournemouth were much better and started to ask questions but lacked the quality to make that count.

Simon Francis
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FULL-TIME

Southampton 2-0 Bournemouth

That victory means Saints are now unbeaten in five Premier League matches, moving them up to seventh in the table. Bournemouth stay 17th, one point away from danger. Their next match? Third-bottom Newcastle at home. Huge.

FULL-TIME

Southampton 2-0 Bournemouth

All over! Huge relief from Southampton after surviving that second half onslaught. Talk about a game of two halves! Southampton dominant before the break to lead 2-0, Bournemouth showing great spirit and determination in the second half. But they couldn't score and paid the price.

Graziano Pelle
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Southampton 2-0 Bournemouth

....but Adam Smith cannot keep his header down when he meets Junior Stanislas's deep corner. That should be about that...

Southampton 2-0 Bournemouth

Bournemouth are still plugging away, forcing another corner through Josh King....

INJURY TIME

Southampton 2-0 Bournemouth

Four minutes of injury-time. Four minutes for Bournemouth to snatch the unlikeliest of points...

Southampton 2-0 Bournemouth

Bournemouth are still knocking on the Southampton door. I'm not sure how they haven't scored. Ah, here's partly the reason why - poor finishing. Junior Stanislas shanks one wide from 15 yards to huge, relieved cheers from the home fans.

Southampton 2-0 Bournemouth

The primary concern of Southampton's 10 men now is to keep Bournemouth out. But they do spring forward - for the first time in a while - as Steven Davis's low ball flashes across the away goal.

Southampton 2-0 Bournemouth

Lee Tomlin has injected some energy into this Bournemouth side since his arrival. The forward wriggles into space after picking up the ball on the left edge of the Saints box, driving a low left-foot shot towards the near post. But the legs of home keeper Marten Stekelenburg block his shot.

Lee Tomlin
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Final five

Southampton 2-0 Bournemouth

Tempted to think that this game is over as we enter the final five? Don't be silly. Bournemouth are still making all the running - a goal now would set up a grandstand finish. But they have to be quick....

Southampton 2-0 Bournemouth

Steve Claridge

BBC Radio 5 Live at St Mary's

The way Southampton are set I don't know if they could have got out of this mindset of just defending if Bournemouth had scored. They have gone from such an attacking way of playing to almost subservience.

Sadio Mane
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Southampton 2-0 Bournemouth

Chaos in the Saints box as Junior Stanislas pings in another corner from the left side. Saints try to clear, Bournemouth try to prod goalwards. The ball is partially cleared to Matt Ritchie, whose drive from 25 yards is blocked by a home body.

Southampton 2-0 Bournemouth

Ronald Koeman is up on his feet, urging calm from his players as they concede another corner...

Southampton 2-0 Bournemouth

The Bournemouth fans are making all the noise inside St Mary's as they urge their side to find a foothold in the game. Junior Stanislas' first corner is cleared by the Saints defence, before his second delivery is met by Dan Gosling's head. But the Cherries midfielder can't keep the ball down and Southampton survive...

Southampton 2-0 Bournemouth

Adam Williams

BBC Sport at St Mary's

An absolutely needless challenge by Victor Wanyama on Lee Tomlin as the Kenya international had been keeping things in check for the hosts despite Bournemouth's increased pressure this half.

A goal here for the visitors would set up a very interesting finish to this one.

Victor Wanyama
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Southampton 2-0 Bournemouth

Junior Stanislas stands over the free-kick again. This time he doesn't even make it over the wall. Deflected over for a corner....

Southampton 2-0 Bournemouth

Steve Claridge

BBC Radio 5 Live at St Mary's

It is a crazy challenge. Wanyama doesn't have to make it. He is going nowhere, Tomlin. No complaints from him, though.

RED CARD - Wanyama

Southampton 2-0 Bournemouth

Moments ago, we spoke about Bournemouth sub Lee Tomlin providing a more direct approach - and that is what he has done. Tomlin charges through the Saints side from deep, forcing Victor Wanyama into hacking him down 25 yards out. A second booking for the Kenyan - and yellow + yellow = red.

Victor Wanyama
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Southampton 2-0 Bournemouth

Steve Claridge

BBC Radio 5 Live at St Mary's

It makes you wonder what kind of performance would have got from Southampton had Glenn Murray scored at the end of the first half? Would they have come out with greater pace and purpose?

Glenn Murray
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Southampton 2-0 Bournemouth

Here's a move which ended with Harry Arter having a pop at goal in the 70th minute. Look how many times Bournemouth passed the ball. But should they sacrifice the nice football and be more direct now? Lee Tomlin's arrival might signal that...

Harry Arter
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Southampton 2-0 Bournemouth

Saints need something to settle their jitters here. Victor Wanyama has a crack from outside the Bournemouth box, dragging his low shot wide.

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Dave More: The gulf between Prem & Championship. Tomlin, best player in Champ last year, coming off the bench for the Prem's bottom club.

SUBSTITUTIONS

Southampton 2-0 Bournemouth

Southampton boss Ronald Koeman is moaning on the home bench - he can't believe the difference in his side's performance. He decides to bring a change, shoring up his midfield with the arrival of Oriol Romeu for Jordy Clasie. Bournemouth make their final change shortly after, midfielder Harry Arter replaced by striker Lee Tomlin. Positive.

Southampton 2-0 Bournemouth

Steve Claridge

BBC Radio 5 Live at St Mary's

Southampton are at 50%, whereas they were at 150% in the first half.

Ronald Koeman
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PENALTY APPEAL

Southampton 2-0 Bournemouth

Bournemouth are piling on the pressure! And the 3,000 or so away fans think they should have a penalty. Saints defender Cedric appears to stick his arm out to block a Cherries ball into the box. Oooh, close. I'd like to have another look at that before committing to a decision. Ref Craig Pawson says no though and his opinion is the one which matters.

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Simon Anderson: Leicester & Chelsea have dominated the headlines. But Southampton rebuilding, yet again, from key losses is a great achievement.

Southampton 2-0 Bournemouth

Steve Claridge

BBC Radio 5 Live at St Mary's

Bournemouth have a foothold in the game now. All they need is a bit of quality to make something happen. They have got in to some good areas but haven't been able to take advantage. It is almost a role-reversal from the first half but the difference is that Southampton are better at the defensive side and Bournemouth aren't as good in attack.

Eddie Howe
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