Bournemouth - Steve Cook and Benik Afobe
scored in each half as Bournemouth enhanced their chances of avoiding Premier
League relegation with a 2-0 victory over south-coast rivals Southampton on
Cook volleyed home in the 31st minute and
$14.5 million record signing Afobe headed in 11 minutes from time as Eddie
Howe's side ended a run of three league games without a win.
It was Bournemouth's first league win over
Southampton in 58 years and took them eight points clear of the relegation
Southampton, who saw a six-game unbeaten
run ended by Chelsea at the weekend, remain seventh, four points off the
Encouraged by an improved display in
Saturday's 0-0 draw at Watford, Bournemouth started with purpose and visiting
goalkeeper Fraser Forster had to save with his feet from Matt Ritchie inside
the first minute.
The early storm passed and Southampton
began to create inroads, Sadio Mane shooting over from an angle on the left,
but just beyond the half hour Bournemouth went ahead.
Forster could only palm Ritchie's
right-wing free-kick into the air and centre-back Cook showed the agility of a
number nine to readjust his body and hook home a volley from inside the
Bournemouth's Ivorian forward Max Gradel,
making his first start since August after a knee ligament injury, threatened to
make it 2-0 with a shot that whistled over the bar.
Southampton manager Ronald Koeman took
reparative action before half-time, introducing midfielder Steven Davis in
place of centre-back Maya Yoshida and abandoning his back three.
The start of the second half was delayed by
five minutes after fourth official Kevin Friend passed out and banged his head
on the Dean Court dug-out. Friend was taken to hospital and Dean Treleaven took
A harmless shot from Graziano Pelle was all
Southampton could muster in the second half and Afobe put them out of their
misery in the 79th minute when he beat Forster to Ritchie's in-swinging