Southampton 2-0 Bournemouth: A quick-fire double seals Saints’ derby win
Graziano Pelle celebrated his goal with a member of the Saints’ backroom staff 1 A clinical first-half performance helped Ronald Koeman’s Southampton to a 2-0 derby win over Bournemouth on Sunday afternoon. Ronald Koeman’s men extended their unbeaten run to five matches, as goals from Steven Davis and Graziano Pelle, in the space of five minutes, gave the Saints a platform to see out a rather comfortable victory at St Mary’s.They had to complete the match with ten men, after Victor Wanyama was shown his second yellow card 12 minutes from time, but they proved too strong for Bournemouth, who rarely tested goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg. The scoreline means Bournemouth have now conceded 12 goals in nearly two-and-a-half Premier League matches.Billed as a south coast derby, it was the first meeting between the clubs since the 2010/11 season, when they met three times – twice in League One and once in the League Cup – and Southampton emerged victorious on all three occasions.Southampton, whose fans claim to disregard this as a rivalry, named an unchanged side from their draw at Liverpool last week.Eddie Howe’s Cherries, meanwhile, handed a debut to Harry Arter, also changing goalkeepers after Artur Boruc’s string of errors in the defeat against Spurs last week, so Adam Federici was given a start between the sticks.Bournemouth had a nervy start, showcasing exactly why they had shipped five goals at Manchester City before conceding the same amount against Tottenham Hotspur, with Koeman’s side instantly starting on the front foot.The Cherries could not contain Southampton and they were struggling to retain the ball, inviting the hosts to attack and Pelle looked lively.Bournemouth made a rare venture forward after ten minutes, but Virgil van Dijk, a commanding presence, was able to soak up the pressure from Glenn Murray.Sadio Mane squandered another Saints chance as Pelle headed down for the Senegal forward to blast a half-volley over the crossbar, to the relief of Federici but it was only a matter of time before Southampton drew first blood.Federici will have seen this match as an opportunity to stake a claim as first-choice goalkeeper, but he looked uncertain and uncommanding, punching balls away unconvincingly.Saints’ inevitable breakthrough came after 31 minutes, with Davis continuing his goal-scoring form for club and country.The Northern Ireland captain scored his fourth goal in 20 appearances so far this campaign, his second for Southampton, when Pelle flicked the ball on to Ryan Bertrand, marauding down the left, whose low cross to the far post allowed Davis to tap in from close range.It took over half an hour to find an opening and it was two just five minutes later.A wonderfully-floated ball by Mane to the left-hand side found Dusan Tadic. The Serbian winger teased his marker Adam Smith before darting to the byline and crossing, with Pelle rising highest to head past Federici.A poor first period for Howe’s men saw them fail to test Dutch goalkeeper Stekelenburg, but the 37-year-old boss sent his men out fighting, with an obvious improvement as he bolstered his attack with the additions of Junior Stanislas and Joshua King from the bench, to assist Matt Ritchie upfront.Ex-West Ham forward Stanislas went close as he struck an out-swinging free-kick past the wall and it was curling towards the goal, but it went past the side-netting, as Bournemouth looked to pull one back with 25 minutes remaining.Lee Tomlin was introduced for the Cherries as they tried to rescue something from the match. The former Middlesbrough forward soon made a direct run towards the edge of the box, with Wanyama lunging in and he was shown his second yellow card, as Southampton had to see out the match with ten men.