Southampton relieved the pressure on boss Ralph Hasenhuttl with their first win in six video games in opposition to south-coast opponents Bournemouth, who misplaced for the primary time below intervening time supervisor Gary O’Neil.
It is tricky to bear in mind a time when pressure used to be no longer on Hasenhuttl, who has been in control of the Saints since December 2018, however his facet appear to grind out effects when required and this used to be every other instance of that.
Che Adams’ first-half glancing header, after a left-wing move from full-back Romain Perraud, used to be the their first away purpose in 4 video games and in the long run proved sufficient because the Saints gained for the primary time since 30 August.
Perhaps extra importantly, and indisputably extra encouragingly for the rest of the season, they stored their first blank sheet in 17 video games, relationship again to 16 April remaining season.
They invited pressure from Bournemouth after the purpose, however the hosts, who had been unbeaten in six video games below the steering of O’Neil, didn’t in reality take a look at Republic of Ireland world Gavin Bazunu within the Saints’ purpose.
The consequence lifts Southampton to 14th, two issues transparent of the relegation zone, whilst Bournemouth take a seat eleventh.
Caleta-Car impresses however each side lack high quality in ultimate 3rd
Hasenhuttl has spent many of the season a few of the bookmakers’ favourites to be sacked – he sat 2d under Aston Villa boss Steven Gerrard sooner than kick-off – however on this proof his gamers are nonetheless enjoying for him.
They had been neatly organised on the again, with Croatia world Duje Caleta-Car impressing on his 2d get started since becoming a member of from Marseille this summer season.
Hasenhuttl spoke about Caleta-Car’s management being integral in his pre-match interview and that used to be glaring with the 26-year-old appearing composure during, along creating a the most important block to disclaim Phillip Billing in the second one 1/2.
Going ahead the Saints had power with Adams and Adam Armstrong, however they regularly lacked high quality, with Joe Aribo’s toe-poked effort, stored through the outstretched toes of Neto, the nearest they got here to a 2d purpose.
That probability used to be arrange through the spectacular Kyle Walker-Peters at right-back, however he went off injured in the second one length, which can put a dampener on 3 essential issues.
O’Neil has achieved a outstanding process for Bournemouth since taking on the reins from Scott Parker, profitable two video games and drawing 4, and it is advisable to see the boldness in his facet as they attempted to check their very best unbeaten run within the most sensible flight.
But they too confirmed a loss of high quality within the ultimate 3rd, with Billings’ pressure from 22 yards the one time they in reality known as Bazunu into motion.
They just about were given their praise for his or her pressure in stoppage time when Bazunu dropped a nook and Lewis Cook grew to become against purpose however Mohammed Salisu used to be there to hack off the road for Southampton.
This sport will probably be one Bournemouth centered issues from, particularly with difficult video games in opposition to West Ham and Tottenham subsequent on the time table, however a four-point hole to the ground 3 at this level represents a tight get started on their go back to the highest flight.
- 13Murara Neto
- 15A Smith
- 25SenesiSubstituted forRothwellat 77′mins
- 6MephamBooked at 43mins
- 2FredericksSubstituted forDembéléat 83′mins
- 4L Cook
- 10ChristieSubstituted forStanislasat 62′mins
- 29BillingSubstituted forMooreat 83′mins
- 2Walker-PetersSubstituted forS Armstrongat 66′minsBooked at 90mins
- 15PerraudBooked at 15minsSubstituted forLarios Lópezat 88′mins
- 3Maitland-NilesBooked at 43minsSubstituted forDialloat 88′mins
- 7AriboSubstituted forLyancoat 64′mins
- 9A ArmstrongSubstituted forDjenepoat 88′mins
- 17S Armstrong
- 28Larios López
- John Brooks
Match ends, Bournemouth 0, Southampton 1.
Second Half ends, Bournemouth 0, Southampton 1.
Stuart Armstrong (Southampton) is proven the yellow card.
Attempt stored. Moussa Djenepo (Southampton) left footed shot from the proper facet of the field is stored within the centre of the purpose.
Foul through Adam Smith (Bournemouth).
Stuart Armstrong (Southampton) wins a loose kick on the proper wing.
Corner, Bournemouth. Conceded through Gavin Bazunu.
Attempt stored. Marcus Tavernier (Bournemouth) appropriate footed shot from the proper facet of the field is stored within the most sensible centre of the purpose. Assisted through Junior Stanislas.
Attempt blocked. Lyanco (Southampton) header from the centre of the field is blocked. Assisted through James Ward-Prowse with a move.
Corner, Southampton. Conceded through Adam Smith.
Substitution, Southampton. Ibrahima Diallo replaces Ainsley Maitland-Niles.
Substitution, Southampton. Moussa Djenepo replaces Adam Armstrong.
Substitution, Southampton. Juan Larios replaces Romain Perraud.
Foul through Joe Rothwell (Bournemouth).
Adam Armstrong (Southampton) wins a loose kick on the left wing.
Substitution, Bournemouth. Siriki Dembélé replaces Ryan Fredericks.
Substitution, Bournemouth. Kieffer Moore replaces Philip Billing.
Attempt neglected. Mohamed Elyounoussi (Southampton) appropriate footed shot from a hard attitude on the proper is prime and vast to the proper.
Attempt blocked. Che Adams (Southampton) appropriate footed shot from the centre of the field is blocked. Assisted through Romain Perraud.
Attempt stored. Marcus Tavernier (Bournemouth) header from the centre of the field is stored within the backside left nook. Assisted through Junior Stanislas.
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