Saints inflict more pain on Cherries

By SFC Media time Sun 19 Jul Bournemouth v Saints
Photo by Matt Watson
Sun 19 Jul 2PM
Premier League
Ings [41'] Adams [90+8']
Billing (47') Cook (78')
yellow card
Vestergaard (34') Ward-Prowse (90+3')
Referee: Craig Pawson | Venue: Vitality Stadium | Attendance: 0

Danny Ings and Ché Adams were on target to heap more pain on Bournemouth, as Southampton left their south coast neighbours three points and four goals adrift of safety.

Ings was on target against his former club when he scored with his first chance of the game four minutes before half time, curling a low shot inside the far post from 20 yards.

Saints’ top scorer had the perfect chance to move within one goal of Jamie Vardy in the Golden Boot race when Harry Wilson was penalised for handball, but goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale read his intentions and thwarted Ings’s penalty on the hour.

The margin of victory was doubled by Adams’s 98th-minute clincher, extending the club record to nine Premier League away wins in a season, as Saints climbed to 11th in the table – the highest position they can finish – with one game to play.

Bournemouth thought they had snatched an equaliser just before Adams struck, when substitute Sam Surridge pounced inside a crowded penalty area, but Callum Wilson was offside in the build-up and the goal was chalked off by VAR.

After making five changes for Thursday’s home draw with Brighton, Ralph Hasenhüttl did the same again for the short trip to the Vitality Stadium.

Jack Stephens, Kyle Walker-Peters, Ryan Bertrand and Stuart Armstrong were all recalled to the side, along with Shane Long, who was making just his second start since the Premier League restart.

A muscle injury forced Jan Bednarek to miss out, as Jannik Vestergaard continued in central defence, while Jake Vokins, Will Smallbone, Pierre-Emile Højbjerg and Michael Obafemi dropped to the bench.

Saints were straight on the front foot, winning the game’s first corner inside 30 seconds, from which Ryan Bertrand’s shot was blocked as the visitors claimed handball against Lloyd Kelly.

BOURNEMOUTH, ENGLAND - JULY 19: Danny Ings(R) of Southampton shoots and scores during the Premier League match between AFC Bournemouth and Southampton FC at Vitality Stadium on July 19, 2020 in Bournemouth, United Kingdom. Football Stadiums around Europe remain empty due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in all fixtures being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Matt Watson/Southampton FC via Getty Images)
Danny Ings takes aim from the edge of the area to fire Saints in front

Under-pressure Bournemouth responded well. Kelly’s shot on the turn deflected narrowly wide, before top scorer Callum Wilson headed over when he should have at least troubled Alex McCarthy.

Then Joshua King sprinted into the box, chased by Jack Stephens, and went to ground in front of McCarthy, but neither referee Craig Pawson nor the VAR felt there was sufficient contact to punish the retreating Stephens.

This was a very watchable game. After James Ward-Prowse threaded a pass through the Bournemouth defence for Nathan Redmond, goalkeeper Ramsdale raced from his line to prevent the winger rounding him, before the Cherries broke through Junior Stanislas, whose ball towards King was just fractionally over-hit. 

Things calmed down a little after the drinks break, as Saints enjoyed some more sustained spells of possession. From one of those, Ward-Prowse made a late run into the box and was picked out by midfield partner Oriol Romeu, but the skipper’s header was easily caught by Ramsdale.

But it was from another rapid Bournemouth counter that the hosts threatened to break the deadlock, as King led the charge down the right and delivered a low cross that required emergency action from Walker-Peters, who did remarkably well to intercept without finding his own net, before Stephens completed the clearance.

Vestergaard was the first player in the book, 10 minutes before the interval for a tough tackle from behind on Callum Wilson, while Redmond tested Ramsdale’s handling with a sweetly-struck left-foot volley.

For all their good play, Saints were still yet to force Ramsdale to fully extend himself, but when Ings checked back on to his right foot the outcome seemed inevitable, even from 18 yards, as the striker kept his Golden Boot hopes alive with his 21st Premier League goal of the campaign.

Again he was assisted by Redmond, after the same duo combined against Brighton. This time a short pass to his left found Ings on the edge of the box, who took a touch away from goal to buy himself space, and whipped a low shot around his marker to find the bottom corner.

BOURNEMOUTH, ENGLAND - JULY 19: Ché Adams(centre) of Southampton celebrates after scoring during the Premier League match between AFC Bournemouth and Southampton FC at Vitality Stadium on July 19, 2020 in Bournemouth, United Kingdom. Football Stadiums around Europe remain empty due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in all fixtures being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Matt Watson/Southampton FC via Getty Images)
Ché Adams celebrates his second goal in five games to clinch victory

The goal arrived four minutes before the interval, and within two minutes of the restart Ings was looking to repeat the trick, again shifting the ball to his right and looking to curl one inside Ramsdale’s left-hand post, but this time he was narrowly off target.

Saints sensed a second goal, and Ward-Prowse connected sweetly on his left foot to send the Bournemouth stopper sprawling to his left to make a fine low save.

An even better chance was to follow, when VAR reviewed a handball appeal from a Ward-Prowse corner, in which Romeu’s near-post header struck Harry Wilson’s raised arm.

After a lengthy delay, Saints were awarded a penalty. All of Ings’s 24 goals this season in all competitions have come from open play, but now he had a chance to add to his tally from 12 yards, taking over spot-kick duty from Ward-Prowse, who has missed two of his last three.

But as Ings waited for Ramsdale to commit himself, the keeper stood his ground, and was able to smother the shot with a diving save, low to his right, to give his team a lifeline.

Eager to take advantage of the reprieve, Harry Wilson had the chance to level the scores from King’s lay-off, but McCarthy was equal to his placed effort, which was sneaking inside the far post.

Eddie Howe made a double change at the drinks break, having already introduced winger Wilson at half time, as Bournemouth pushed for the equalising goal that would give their survival hopes a much-needed shot in the arm.

Hasenhüttl’s first change was like for like, as Adams replaced Long, who had worked tirelessly for the cause as ever, before Pierre-Emile Højbjerg replaced Romeu.

Dominic Solanke, one of the Bournemouth substitutes, was next to be denied by McCarthy, whose outstretched foot kept the striker at bay inside the final 15 minutes.

At the other end, Ramsdale made further saves from Redmond and Adams to ensure a nervy finale, showing impressive speed off his line for the first of those, before Vestergaard threw himself at another shot from Solanke to preserve Saints’ clean sheet.

In the closing seconds of the 90 minutes, McCarthy excelled himself with his best save of the day to keep out Wilson’s low curler, as Bournemouth threw everybody forward. 

The hosts thought they had the equaliser they desperately needed when Surridge scored from close range four minutes into added time, but VAR intervened before Adams finished them off with a clinical finish from Michael Obafemi’s cutback.


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Diego Rico
Steve Cook (C)
Jack Stacey
Lloyd Kelly
Jefferson Lerma
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David Brooks
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Philip Billing yellow card
replace Dan Gosling (87′)
Junior Stanislas
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Joshua King
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Callum Wilson
Lewis Cook
Dan Gosling
Jack Simpson
Arnaut Danjuma Groeneveld
Sam Surridge
Artur Boruc
Dominic Solanke
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Ryan Bertrand
Jack Stephens
Jannik Vestergaard yellow card
Kyle Walker-Peters
James Ward-Prowse (C) yellow card
Oriol Romeu
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Nathan Redmond
Stuart Armstrong
Shane Long
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Danny Ings goal
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Angus Gunn
Pierre-Emile Højbjerg
Kevin Danso
Che Adams
Yan Valery
William Smallbone
Jake Vokins
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