Southampton - Bournemouth's Harry Arter blazed a late
penalty high over the crossbar as his side were forced to settle for a 0-0 draw
at local rivals Southampton on Saturday.
Eddie Howe's team had a chance to secure their first ever
win at Southampton when Ryan Bertrand conceded the penalty with a foul on Ryan
But Cherries midfielder Arter lost his footing as he ran up
to take the spot-kick and blasted it into the fans behind Fraser Forster's
Arter's howler meant a frenetic derby finished in a
stalemate that did little for either team's hopes of climbing out of mid-table
in the Premier League.
Southampton's Dusan Tadic had complained this week about the
frequency with which Claude Puel substitutes him and his manager responded by
telling him to do his talking on the pitch.
Inevitably, Tadic was gifted the game's first chance, but he
wasn't able to prove his point.
Finding himself with time and space to run into at the edge
of the area in the fourth minute, the Serbian midfielder could only send his
left-footed shot well wide.
An end-to-end encounter saw Southampton's Steven Davis clear
off the line after Andrew Surman touched Fraser's right-wing corner beyond
Tadic played an incisive ball over the top of Bournemouth's
defence towards Jay Rodriguez, whose shot was tipped away by Artur Boruc.
Bournemouth's Benik Afobe fired wide when he should have hit
the target after the interval, while Nathan Redmond drew a fine save from
In the 78th minute, Bertrand was harshly penalised by
Jonathan Moss as the referee ruled the Saints defender's tug on Fraser was
worthy of a penalty.
The stage was set for a Bournemouth victory, but Arter
slipped at the crucial moment, driving his shot into orbit and sending Howe
into turf-thumping anguish on the touchline.