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Eight of Nathan Ake's 11 Premier League goals have been scored from corners

Bournemouth survived a second-half fightback from Southampton to secure a fully deserved win at St Mary's and move into third place in the Premier League before the weekend's games.

Eddie Howe's side produced a superb first-half display to establish a two-goal lead as Nathan Ake headed in Diego Rico's corner in the 10th minute and Harry Wilson's sweeping finish from Phillip Billing's pass crowned a superb move.

The Cherries also had a goal from Joshua King ruled out for offside by the video assistant referee as they were in complete control for the first 45 minutes.

Southampton snatched at a lifeline when James Ward-Prowse scored from the spot eight minutes after the break following Steve Cook's clumsy challenge on Che Adams.

Bournemouth felt they had a credible penalty claim ignored by VAR when Cedric Soares tangled with King but they came through in relative comfort and wrapped up the win with virtually the last kick of the game when a misunderstanding between Southampton goalkeeper Angus Gunn and Jan Bednarek left Callum Wilson with an open goal.

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Cherries' sweet success

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Southampton 1-3 Bournemouth: It was 'pure emotion & joy' - Howe on Saints win

Bournemouth's travelling fans celebrated wildly and acclaimed manager Eddie Howe at the final whistle as this impressive victory lifted them to the lofty heights of third in the Premier League.

And for all Southampton's huffing and puffing in the second half, the Cherries were by far the more composed, powerful and clinical team and fully merited the three points.

Bournemouth overpowered Southampton during the first 45 minutes, taking full advantage of a lacklustre Saints showing by demonstrating class in midfield and pace in attack to establish a stranglehold on the game.

Their approach was symbolised by the slick passing move that led to Harry Wilson's goal after 35 minutes. King played in Billing, whose perfect reverse pass was met by the youngster arriving with perfect timing to complete the job to score for the third time since joining on loan from Liverpool.

Bournemouth were resolute when Southampton finally roused themselves after the break, as they had to do, but that ever-present threat on the counter was their most potent weapon and was evident even before that communication breakdown between Gunn and Bednarek left Callum Wilson to complete the formalities.

This was impressive stuff from Bournemouth, who deserve to enjoy what may be a brief spell in the top three - but the fact they are never even mentioned as a club that may struggle in the Premier League is simple testimony to Howe's work.

Unbalanced Saints deserved nothing

Southampton gamely battled their way into contention in the second half and occasionally threatened to grab what would have been an undeserved draw but they paid the price for a mess of a first 45 minutes.

Manager Ralph Hasenhuttl has had plenty of praise since arriving on the south coast but only he can explain the muddled thinking that left Saints totally unbalanced and a shambles for that crucial period.

The Austrian mysteriously played Soares, a Portugal right-back, at left-back and a central defender in Kevin Danso at right-back - with an England left-back in Ryan Bertrand on the bench.

The results were predictably chaotic as King ran Danso ragged and Soares, understandably, looked out of sorts in his accustomed position.

Square pegs. Round holes.

Hasenhuttl made the predictable adjustments at half-time, sending on Bertrand for Danso and putting Soares on the right, where he performed admirably.

Sadly for Southampton, the damage had been done and Hasenhuttl must take his share of responsibility for this disappointing defeat.

Man of the match - Joshua King (Bournemouth)

Joshua King had a goal disallowed and penalty appeal turned down by VAR in a bright performanceMatch stats - Cherries' first win at Saints

    Bournemouth earned their first ever win away at Southampton in any competition, on their 16th visit (D6 L9). Of ever-present Premier League sides since the start of last season, Southampton have kept fewer clean sheets at home in the competition (three in 22 games at St Mary's) than any other side. Bournemouth have won four of their last eight away league outings (D1 L3), this after having previously lost nine in succession on the road. Bournemouth have scored more goals from set-pieces (five) than any other team in the Premier League this season (excluding penalties). Harry Wilson's strike was his 25th goal in English league football (excluding play-offs), with three of those coming in just five Premier League games for Bournemouth. Since the start of last season, no player has scored more Premier League goals for Southampton than midfielder James Ward-Prowse (eight, level with Danny Ings). Since the start of last season, Callum Wilson has been directly involved in 16 goals away from home in the Premier League (11 goals, 5 assists), more than any other player.

What's next?

Next up for Southampton is the 'proper' South Coast derby, at Portsmouth in the Carabao Cup on Tuesday. Bournemouth go to Burton the following day.

Both sides have 15:00 BST kick-offs in the Premier League next Saturday, Bournemouth are at home to West Ham and Southampton are at Tottenham.

    Line-ups Match Stats Live Text

Line-ups

Southampton

    28Gunn

    38DansoSubstituted forBertrandat 45'minutes

    35Bednarek

    4Vestergaard

    2Cédric Soares

    14RomeuBooked at 80mins

    23Højbjerg

    16Ward-Prowse

    19Boufal

    22RedmondSubstituted forArmstrongat 88'minutes

    10AdamsSubstituted forIngsat 77'minutes

Substitutes

    1McCarthy

    3Yoshida

    5Stephens

    7Long

    9Ings

    17Armstrong

    21Bertrand

Bournemouth

    12Ramsdale

    17StaceyBooked at 64mins

    3S Cook

    5Aké

    21Rico

    22H WilsonBooked at 54minsSubstituted forFraserat 63'minutes

    8LermaBooked at 20mins

    29Billing

    7KingSubstituted forSurmanat 90+3'minutes

    13C Wilson

    9SolankeSubstituted forL Cookat 77'minutes

Substitutes

    1Boruc

    6Surman

    10Ibe

    16L Cook

    24Fraser

    25Simpson

    33Mepham

Referee:

Chris Kavanagh

Attendance:

30,168

Match Stats

Home TeamSouthamptonAway TeamBournemouth

Possession

Home65%

Away35%

Shots

Home25

Away6

Shots on Target

Home6

Away3

Corners

Home4

Away5

Fouls

Home8

Away9

Live Text

Posted at

Match ends, Southampton 1, Bournemouth 3.

Full TimePosted at 90'+6'

Second Half ends, Southampton 1, Bournemouth 3.

Goal!Posted at 90'+5'

Goal! Southampton 1, Bournemouth 3. Callum Wilson (Bournemouth) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Aaron Ramsdale.

Posted at 90'+4'

Attempt missed. Jannik Vestergaard (Southampton) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Ryan Bertrand with a headed pass.

Posted at 90'+4'

Attempt saved. Sofiane Boufal (Southampton) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Posted at 90'+3'

Attempt blocked. Danny Ings (Southampton) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

SubstitutionPosted at 90'+3'

Substitution, Bournemouth. Andrew Surman replaces Joshua King.

Posted at 90'+2'

Offside, Southampton. Cédric Soares tries a through ball, but Stuart Armstrong is caught offside.

Posted at 90'

Offside, Bournemouth. Ryan Fraser tries a through ball, but Callum Wilson is caught offside.

SubstitutionPosted at 88'

Substitution, Southampton. Stuart Armstrong replaces Nathan Redmond.

Posted at 88'

Corner, Southampton. Conceded by Steve Cook.

Posted at 88'

Attempt blocked. Danny Ings (Southampton) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

Posted at 86'

Attempt blocked. Danny Ings (Southampton) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by James Ward-Prowse.

Posted at 85'

Attempt missed. Philip Billing (Bournemouth) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left from a direct free kick.

Posted at 84'

Foul by Nathan Redmond (Southampton).

Posted at 84'

Nathan Aké (Bournemouth) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Posted at 83'

Corner, Bournemouth. Conceded by Sofiane Boufal.

Posted at 82'

Attempt missed. Danny Ings (Southampton) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Cédric Soares.

Posted at 82'

Attempt missed. James Ward-Prowse (Southampton) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Danny Ings.

Posted at 82'

Attempt missed. Pierre-Emile Højbjerg (Southampton) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Ryan Bertrand with a cross.

BookingPosted at 80'

Oriol Romeu (Southampton) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Posted at 78'

Oriol Romeu (Southampton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Posted at 78'

Foul by Callum Wilson (Bournemouth).

SubstitutionPosted at 77'

Substitution, Southampton. Danny Ings replaces Che Adams.

SubstitutionPosted at 77'

Substitution, Bournemouth. Lewis Cook replaces Dominic Solanke.

Posted at 75'

Hand ball by Dominic Solanke (Bournemouth).

Posted at 74'

Attempt blocked. Nathan Redmond (Southampton) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Posted at 74'

Corner, Southampton. Conceded by Jack Stacey.

Posted at 71'

Foul by Sofiane Boufal (Southampton).

Posted at 71'

Jack Stacey (Bournemouth) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Posted at 69'

Attempt missed. James Ward-Prowse (Southampton) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Sofiane Boufal.

Posted at 69'

Attempt saved. Sofiane Boufal (Southampton) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Oriol Romeu.

BookingPosted at 64'

Jack Stacey (Bournemouth) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

SubstitutionPosted at 63'

Substitution, Bournemouth. Ryan Fraser replaces Harry Wilson.

Posted at 61'

Ryan Bertrand (Southampton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Posted at 61'

Foul by Joshua King (Bournemouth).

Posted at 61'

Attempt missed. James Ward-Prowse (Southampton) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Che Adams.

Posted at 59'

VAR Decision: No Penalty Bournemouth.

Posted at 56'

Foul by Jan Bednarek (Southampton).

Posted at 56'

Dominic Solanke (Bournemouth) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

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Source: bbc.com

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