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    Southampton beat Bournemouth in South Coast Derby.

    Southampton extended their unbeaten run in the Premier League to five as they with a comprehensive 2-0 victory over South Coast neighbours Bournemouth.

    The Saints dominated the first half with Dusan Tadic, Graziano Pelle, and Sadio Mane occupying the Cherries defence.

    It took a lot longer than expected for Southampton to make the breakthrough, but it was the wait. Ryan Bertrand galloped down the left wing and produced an accurate cross for Davis to score his second goal in the Premier League this season.

    Five minutes later, Pelle held off the challenge of Sylvain Distin to glance past Adam Federici after Tadic’s precision cross.

    The Italian has seven goals in the top flight and is only second to Leicester City’s striker Jamie Vardy.

    Kenyan international Victor Wanyama was sent off after receiving a second yellow card in the second half after a reckless tackle against Lee Tomlin.

    This was the 24-year-old’s first red card for Southampton, prior to that his disciplinary record has been exemplary in the famous red and white shirt.

    Bournemouth improved after the break and controlled the match after the interval but were unable to break down Southampton’s tough defence.

    For the Cherries, this was their fourth defeat in five but there were reasons to be positive after Eddie Howe’s inspired half time team talk.

    They started the last 45 minutes of the game with a different shape as Bournemouth moved from a five-man midfield, which has seen them concede 10 goals in the previous two Premier League games.

    The youngest manager in the top flight introduced Junior Stanislas and Josh King to collaborate Glenn Murray up front. Bournemouth dominated the possession in the second half but they could not get the breakthrough.

    Graziano Pelle was rightly the man of the match after scoring in the first half, the Italian also was an outlet for his side as Southampton were under pressure in the second half.

    He now has 10 goals in his last 12 Premier League games at the St Mary’s stadium and is quickly becoming a key player in Ronald Koeman’s side.

    The former Feyenoord boss said that Southampton’s performance in the first half was the best so far this season, but he reminded his players about Leicester’s come back from the same position Bournemouth were in at half time.

    Eddie Howe believed his side after the interval showed they can compete technically at this level but the mistakes needed to be marginalised.

    Bournemouth visit fellow strugglers Newcastle next week after the Magpies 0-0 with Stoke whilst Southampton face Sunderland away from home after the Black Cats were thumped 6-2 by Everton.
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