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Bournemouth 1-1 Southampton: Player ratings

Bournemouth 1-1 Southampton: Player ratings

South coast rivals Bournemouth and Southampton provided the Sunday lunchtime entertainment as the bloodthirsty masses waited for West Ham to be fed to the slaughter against Man City.

Bournemouth's Ryan Fraser curled home the opener in the 42nd minute of an even first half after Southampton defender Wesley Hoedt, guilty of overplaying, was dispossessed by Joshua King.

Southampton looked much more purposeful in the second half, and the introduction of Nathan Redmond brought about the equaliser when his cutback found Charlie Austin, who made no mistake with his finish.

On Sunday, he was the most threatening player on the pitch, combining his physical presence with smart movement and incisive finishing. Front post, the same as last week, I think I should have scored but these things happen. I was still in the right place at the right time.

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"Unfortunately we didn't get the three points today but - like I say - it's a point away from home and we've got big games coming up".

Bournemouth's Adam Smith has revealed that referee Jon Moss apologised to him and admitted that he should have been given a penalty after booking him for diving against Southampton. "I've jumped to go over it and he took me down", Smith told Sky Sports.

Smith in the process earned his fifth yellow card of the season and will miss his side's next game unless he appeals the decision. He added: "I'm just in the team to score goals, work hard and try to help us to win games and that's what I've been doing so far".

The Cherries have won only one of their last nine league matches against the Saints and both need the points to avoid being dragged into a potential relegation scrap.


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