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Posted Sun 18 Dec 16 at 15:25 PM

AFC Bournemouth 1-3 Southampton - Cherries undone in south coast derby

Nathan Ake’s third goal in six games was not enough for the Cherries this afternoon as they lost 3-1 at Vitality Stadium to fellow south-coast outfit Southampton. 

The 21-year-old opened the scoring within 10 minutes, only for Ryan Bertrand to cancel it out shortly after with a menacing run and shot from the left-hand side. 

Two further goals from Jay Rodriguez sealed the three points for the Saints as Bournemouth were defeated for just the third time at home this season. 

Eddie Howe made one change from the side that beat Leicester in the week, with Callum Wilson coming in for Benik Afobe. 

The Cherries started brightly, forcing the visitors to concede successive corners early on and it wasn’t long before they were rewarded for their efforts. 

Harry Arter played the ball short for Jack Wilshere, who flicked a delightful cross into the increasingly impressive Ake, allowing for him to head home just six minutes in. 

The home side continued to press, with Adam Smith finding room down the left and pulling it back for Marc Pugh, who’s cross narrowly evaded everyone in the box and went for a goal kick. 

Moments later, it was Simon Francis who was steaming forward, neatly finding Joshua King who danced around Maya Yoshida and pummelled his shot straight at Fraser Forster.  

However, the Saints responded swiftly thanks to the work of Bertrand. 

The England left-back found room down the left and made his way around Smith, before firing a shot from a tight angle past Artur Boruc and into the back of the net for 1-1. 

Nevertheless, it was the Cherries who continued to press, with King winning the ball back in the middle of the park and playing in Wilson, but he was unable to capitalise after some strong defending from Virgil Van Dijk. 

Up the other end of the pitch, Sofiane Boufal played in Cedric Soares whose searching ball into the box was cleared by Francis inches away from goal. 

Claude Puel’s side were soon in the thick of it once again, with Bertrand causing more problems and fizzing in a ball for Nathan Redmond, but the 22-year-old couldn’t make contact. 

As the second half commenced, the visitors started well with Redmond pouncing onto a loose header from Francis and getting an early shot away. 

Minutes later, the Saints made it count. 

Second-half substitute Steven Davis collected the ball off Boufal, directing it goalwards and leaving it on a plate for Jay Rodriguez to slot home. 

As Southampton continued to press, Boruc was called into action once more after Rodriguez struck an effort goalwards from close-range, but the Pole coolly palmed it away to safety. 

It was then Ake who was forced into a goal-line clearance after Redmond’s cross found Pierre-Emile Hojberg in space at the back post as the Dane thumped another shot on target. 

With 20 minutes to go, Howe’s side were presented with an opportunity to draw the scores level. 

A Smith set-piece was played short before eventually being crossed into the box by Francis, but no Cherries player could direct the ball goalwards. 

The visitors came close shortly after with Redmond the protagonist once more, firing a shot from 20-yards just over the crossbar. 

Southampton’s dominance was soon rewarded as Rodriguez collected his second of the afternoon. 

The ball fell kindly to the Saints number nine as he produced a superb volley from outside the area that flew past Boruc and into the top corner with five minutes to go. 

There was still time for a Cherries attack as Steve Cook sent a low shot at Forster from distance, but the England keeper was able to collect and ensure the game ended 3-1. 

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