Southampton claimed their second 1-1 draw of the season against south coast sides as they drew away to Bournemouth on Sunday afternoon.
Charlie Austin equalised for the Saints in the second half as they fought back from a goal down after Ryan Fraser put the hosts in front.
The draw is a repeat of Southampton’s other south coast clash this season when they came away with a point from the Amex against Brighton at the end of October.
It might have been worse for Saints though if referee Jon Moss hadn’t booked Bournemouth’s Adam Smith for a dive in the first half. TV replays showed that Sofiane Boufal had in fact made contact with the defender, which warranted a penalty for the home side.
According to Smith, Jon Moss apologised to him after the game and admitted his mistake. Speaking to the press after the game he said: “For the ref to book me doesn’t help because that’s my fifth yellow card of the season. I spoke to him after and he apologised and said it was a penalty.”
Fraser Forster’s questionable form this season was put to the test in the first half, but he came up trumps after pulling off a miraculous reflex save to deny Jermaine Defoe. There was nothing he could do however as Bournemouth took the lead after Wesley Hoedt gave the ball away in a dangerous area which Ryan Fraser punished.
Nathan Redmond has been in the headlines recently after his much publicised discussion with Pep Guardiola during the week, but it was his cross that allowed Austin to draw Saints level. The Saints striker now has 3 goals in his last 3 appearances, but he missed a crucial header in the dying embers which could have won the game for his side.
Speaking after the match, Saints boss Mauricio Pellegrino said: “I think it was a fair result. It was a really tight game. It was a nice derby. Obviously at the end of the first half they were a bit better than us after scoring but our reaction was really positive and for me it was a nice game.”
Cherries boss, Eddie Howe said: “It was disappointing once we’d taken the lead not to win, but we have to acknowledge that Southampton did do very well at times in the second half.”
The result moves Saints up to 11th in the table, as they face a tough trip to Arsenal next, with Bournemouth rising to 14th, who travel to Crystal Palace at the weekend.