Bournemouth climbed to third place in the Premier League as they won away at Southampton for the first time with a 3-1 triumph in Friday’s south-coast derby.
They profited from first-half goals by Nathan Ake and Harry Wilson but had to fight off a home resurgence after the break before wrapping up the points with a Callum Wilson goal to end a run of 15 previous games without a win at Saints.
Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe said: “In the first half, we were okay but I don’t think we hit the heights we know we are capable of, but we had the spirit, drive and determination to win and sometimes that is the most important ingredient.”
Ake’s 10th minute header from the game’s first corner handed Bournemouth the early ascendancy at St Mary’s Stadium.
It might have been a bigger lead but Josh King’s 25th minute effort was chalked off as VAR ruled him offside by the width of his foot after he netted at the end of a swift counter attack.
However, 10 minutes later another quick turnover saw the Scandinavian duo of King and Philip Billing storming down the left to set up Harry Wilson for his third goal of the season.
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