Saints are unbeaten in their four Premier League matches against AFC Bournemouth at St Mary's, with two wins and two draws since 2015.


April 27 2019

SAINTS guaranteed Premier League safety with this thrilling draw five months ago.

A see-saw match saw Saints twice lead only to concede an equaliser with four minutes remaining.

However, with Cardiff losing at Fulham the point was enough to preserve Saints’ top-flight status.

Shane Long opened the scoring on 12 minutes with his fourth goal in five games, a classy first-time side-footed finish, from Nathan Redmond’s pass.

After ditching their three centre-halves to match up Saints, Bournemouth equalised with a 20th-minute counter attack involving Josh King and Callum Wilson, whose pass to Dan Gosling was driven low past Angus Gunn.

Following a save by Artur Boruc, Long hit the post from close range with the goal at his mercy and Bournemouth took a 32nd-minute lead when Wilson reacted quickest to Gunn’s save from David Brooks.

Ward-Prowse was allowed time and space to fire in a left-footed,55th-minute equaliser from 20 yards and Saints made it 3-2 on 67 minutes when Matt Targett headed Yan Valery’s cross back across goal into the far corner

Bournemouth, having barely threatened in the second half, nicked a point when Wilson bundled in Ryan Fraser’s cross.

SAINTS: Gunn, Stephens, Bertrand, Bednarek, Valery, Romeu (Targett 45), Ward-Prowse, Redmond, Hojbjerg, Long (Austin 88), Ings (Armstrong 81).

CHERRIES; Boruc, Cook, Ake, Clyne (Solanke 72), Simpson, Mepham (Fraser 23), Gosling (Hyndman 53), Lerma, Brooks, Wilson, King


April 28, 2018

Dusan Tadic was at his imperious best with two goals in a virtuoso performance that helped Saints to a vital win in their battle against relegation.

Saints remained in the bottom three but this result took them to within a point of Swansea, who they beat ten days later to effectively secure their Premier League status.

Tadic gave Saints the lead after a counter-attack from Nathan Redmond and Mario Lemina set up a one-on-one that the Serb finished into the far corner.

Josh King equalised just before half-time but Saints won thanks to Tadic’s left-footed, toe-poked finish across Asmir Begovic in the 54th minute.

SAINTS: McCarthy, Hoedt, Bednarek, Yoshida, Lemina, Bertrand, Soares, Romeu, Tadic (Ward-Prowse 87), Austin (Hojbjerg 72), Redmond (Long 59).

CHERRIES: Begovic, Ake, S Cook, Francis, Cook, Fraser, Gosling (Surman 72), Daniels, Wilson (Ibe 64), King, Mousset (Defoe 64).


April 1, 2017

SAINTS were grateful for a goalline clearance and a 78th-minute penalty miss by Harry Arter, who blazed his spot-kick several feet over Fraser Forster’s cross bar after his standing foot slipped in front of the Northam Stand.

It summed up a match that seemed destined to finish goalless.

Steven Davis denied ex-Saint Andrew Surman with a 33rd-minute goal-line clearance and a brilliant save by Artur Boruc kept out Jay Rodriguez’s stunning 44th-minute volley.

Adam Smith struck a post and Arter nearly made amends for his spot-kick miss but Forster flew to his left to keep out the midfielder’s swerving late cross-shot.

SAINTS: Forster, Soares, Yoshida, Bertrand, Stephens, Davis, Romeu, Ward-Prowse (Boufal 63), Redmond, Rodriguez (Long 63), Tadic (McQueen 80).

CHERRIES: Boruc, Francis, Cook, Daniels, Smith, Gosling, Surman (Arter 46), Pugh, Fraser, Afobe King (Wilshere 70).


November 1, 2015

TWO first-half goals won Saints the first match between the sides since their Leagiue One days.

Saints took a 31st-minute lead after a ten-minute spell in which Cherries barely touched the ball.

Ryan Bertrand swept in a terrific cross that found Steven Davis arriving unmarked at the far post to side-foot home a volley which Adam Federici got to but couldn’t keep out.

Just five minutes later it was 2-0. Brilliant work from Dusan Tadic on the left ended with him standing up a cross which Sylvain Distin got caught under, allowing Graziano Pelle the chance to storm in to head home from six yards.

Cherries did not have a shot on target till the 87th minute, when Saints were down to ten men after a second yellow card for Victor Wanyama.

SAINTS: Stekelenburg, Soares, Fonte (Yoshida 45), Van Dijk, Bertrand, Clasie (Romeu 71), Davis, Wanyama (s/o 78), Mane, Tadic (Ward-Prowse 80) , Pelle.

CHERRIES: Federici, Francis, Daniels, Smith, Distin, Gosling, Surman, Pugh (Stanislas 45), Arter (Tomlin 73), Ritchie, Murray (King 45).