Southampton fans may still regard Tuesday’s match against Portsmouth as the authentic south-coast derby but the inconvenient truth is that it is now Bournemouth who have the most convincing claim to local bragging rights.
AFC 3-1 win not only takes Eddie Howe’s team up to third in the Premier League ahead of the other weekend matches; it is also the first time in their entire history that they have won at Southampton.
“It was a nice feeling for the supporters,” he said. “You could feel the emotion. To win here in the Premier League would have seemed impossible not so long ago.”
Bournemouth started with an aggressive 4-4-2 formation that allowed Joshua King and Harry Wilson to break forward incisively from the wide positions in support of two strikers. Southampton was actually powerful usually in possession but required a comparable presence in attack and Bournemouth needed only a well-executed but still fairly basic set-piece to take the lead.
The Bournemouth winger perfected accurately, but video assistant referee Graham Scott correctly ruled that Jannik Vestergaard had narrowly played the Bournemouth winger offside.
The key moments from Southampton’s Premier League meeting with AFC Bournemouth at St Mary’s, on Friday 20th September 2019. Bournemouth won 3-1, with goals from Nathan Aké, Harry Wilson and Callum Wilson, while James Ward-Prowse scored from the penalty spot for Saints.
Southampton 1-3 AFC Bournemouth Full highlights
Southampton vs AFC Bournemouth Player ratings
Southampton: Gunn (5), Cedric (6), Danso (5), Vestergaard (6), Bednarek (5), Hojbjerg (6), Ward-Prowse (7), Romeu (7), Boufal (7), Redmond (6), Adams (6).
Subs used: Bertrand (6), Ings (6), Armstrong (n/a).
Bournemouth: Ramsdale (7), Rico (6), Stacey (7), S. Cook (8), Ake (7), Lerma (6), Billing (7), H. Wilson (7), King (8), Solanke (7), C. Wilson (7).
Subs used: Fraser (6), L Cook (6), Surman (n/a).
Man of the match: Josh King.
A famous night for Bournemouth was then completed when Callum Wilson pounced on a breakdown in communication between Bednarek and Angus Gunn to score his team’s third in added time. “ A gift,” said Wilson. It was, but the recipients had already made their own luck en route to yet another landmark in Howe’s tenure.
A deserved win for Bournemouth who was much the better team. Hasenhuttl will be furious with some of the performances he’s just seen.