Southamp­ton win south coast derby

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Southamp­ton for­ward Jay Ro­driguez bagged a brace to in­spire his side’s 3-1 win against lo­cal ri­vals Bournemouth yes­ter­day.

Ro­driguez hadn’t scored in the Premier League since Au­gust but he ended that bar­ren stretch with a sec­ond half dou­ble in the south coast derby at Dean Court.

Claude Puel’s team had fallen be­hind to Nathan Ake’s early opener, but Ryan Ber­trand lev­elled soon af­ter to set the stage for one of the bet­ter days in re­cent mem­ory for the in­jury plagued Ro­driguez. Southamp­ton’s sec­ond win in their last nine away league matches lifted them into sev­enth place, while Bournemouth re­main in mid-ta­ble. Just 33 miles sep­a­rate these south coast ri­vals, but der­bies be­tween them have been few and far be­tween.

The ra­ri­ety of the fix­ture seemed to give ex­tra in­ten­sity to both teams in a scin­til­lat­ing open­ing. Ed­die Howe’s side made the per­fect start when on-loan Ar­se­nal mid­fielder Jack Wil­shere lofted a per­fect­ly­weighted cross to the far cor­ner, where Ake es­caped his marker to plant a div­ing header past Southamp­ton goal­keeper Fraser Forster.

Joshua King had a chance to in­crease Bournemouth’s lead with a pow­er­ful shot that Forster kicked away. But Bournemouth were in front for only eight min­utes as Saints left-back Ber­trand equalised with a su­perb in­di­vid­ual ef­fort. Twist­ing and turn­ing on the left edge of the penalty area, Ber­trand weaved through the Bournemouth de­fence be­fore driv­ing a blis­ter­ing low strike into the far cor­ner of Ar­tur Boruc’s goal.

Puel sent on Steven Davis at half-time and the North­ern Ire­land mid­fielder played a key role as Southamp­ton swept into the lead three min­utes af­ter the in­ter­val.

Sofi­ane Bo­ufal’s back­heel flick set Davis free and he surged into the penalty area be­fore clip­ping a cross into the six-yard box for Ro­driguez to score with a slid­ing ef­fort.

Cal­lum Wil­son should have equalised mo­ments later but the Bournemouth striker blasted over from inside the area. Ro­driguez threat­ened to fol­low his third goal of the sea­son with an­other mid­way through the half, but Boruc was equal to his ef­fort. Pierre-Emile Ho­jb­jerg al­most wrapped up the points with a sting­ing shot that Ake cleared off the line, but it wasn’t long be­fore Ro­driguez de­liv­ered the killer blow in the 85th minute.

When Nathan Red­mond lost con­trol on the edge of the penalty area, the ball ran to Ro­driguez, who un­furled a bril­liant dip­ping shot that raced into the top cor­ner.

— AP

BOURNEMOUTH: AFC Bournemouth’s Nathan Ake, left, and Southamp­ton’s Du­san Tadic bat­tle for the ball dur­ing the English Premier League soc­cer match at the Vi­tal­ity Sta­dium, Bournemouth, Eng­land, yes­ter­day.

Bournemouth Southamp­ton 1


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