Southampton 0 Bournemouth 0: Late missed penalty from Harry Arter costs Cherries victory in south coast derby

Tom Prentki
Harry Arter blazes the ball over - Rex Features

Harry Arter missed a penalty 11 minutes from time to cost Bournemouth a first win at near neighbours Southampton in a game which surprisingly ended in stalemate.

Each of these defences has been relatively porous but, without the Premier League’s Player of the Month, Manolo Gabbiadini, Southampton’s goalscoring woes returned.

They had plenty of chances to win this game but neither Jay Rodriguez nor Shane Long could take them.

For Southampton fans, this is not the derby, but it is a derby and, with Portsmouth currently 60 places beneath them, it is the next best thing.

They have had the better of recent skirmishes, though there haven’t been many, and they dominated the first half.

Dusan Tadic had an excellent chance to put Puel’s men in control as early as the third minute but, with the Cherries’ defence in retreat, he fired narrowly over.

Five minutes later the Serbian had another sight of goal after collecting Rodriguez’s flick-on but this time he dragged his volley wide of the left post.

Southampton were the team on the offensive for much of the first half, with Nathan Redmond, fresh from his England call, looking dangerous as he drifted off the left flank.

Bournemouth’s closest effort came as former Saint Andrew Surman almost put the finishing touch on Steve Cook’s header after he had met Ryan Fraser’s corner.

Tadic, who this week held clear-the-air talks with his manager after saying that Puel “lacked respect” for repeatedly substituting him, then clipped the left post after good work from James Ward-Prowse as the home team continued to press.

Rodriguez scored twice in the reverse fixture but has been a spectator since the arrival of Gabbiadini.

Joshua King vies with Southampton's Japanese defender Maya Yoshida Credit: AFP

Here, he was looking to make the most of a rare opportunity with the Italian injured and only a brilliant save from Artur Boruc prevented him from putting his team ahead with a fiercely struck volley.

This was not a game being played with the frenetic pace one might expect of a derby. The second half was mostly played in neat triangles among the midfielders.

But when Josh King outmuscled Maya Yoshida and fed Benik Afobe the Congolese striker had the simple task of beating Forster at close range. Instead, he side-footed wide of the post. It was by far the Cherries’ best chance.

By this time, Long had replaced Rodriguez for Southampton and the Irishman might have been the one to break the deadlock as Tadic weighted an excellent pass in his direction.

Shane Long misses a golden opportunity Credit: REUTERS

He chipped Boruc but missed the target and Puel returned to his dugout with a bewildered gesture.

Bournemouth looked to capitalise and minutes later when Southampton failed to clear convincingly, Adam Smith thumped an effort against the base of the post.

With the game destined for stalemate, Bournemouth won a penalty. Ryan Betrand pulled back Fraser as he advanced on goal and, after pausing for thought, Jonathan Moss pointed to the spot.

Arter appeared to move the turf with his standing leg as he went to strike it, the ball sailed over and with it went Bournemouth’s chances of victory.

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Average touch positions (90 + 3 min)

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Full time: Southampton 0-0 Bournemouth

It's all over at St. Mary's Stadium.

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Full time: Southampton 0-0 Bournemouth

It's all over at St. Mary's Stadium.

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Second half: Southampton 0-0 Bournemouth

We're back under way at St. Mary's Stadium.

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Half time: Southampton 0-0 Bournemouth

The first 45 minutes is up at St. Mary's Stadium.

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The shot count is similar

Southampton have attempted six shots so far, compared to three for Bournemouth.

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Bournemouth respond

A first attempt at goal for Bournemouth, in reply to five from Southampton so far.

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Southampton are dominating the ball so far

Southampton have had 217 touches of the ball compared to 127 by Bournemouth.

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Kick off: Southampton vs Bournemouth

The action gets started at St. Mary's Stadium.

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Match preview

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Martin Caceres could make his Southampton debut after being declared fit for the first time. The defender recently arrived as a free agent and will vie with Maya Yoshida and Jack Stephens for selection in central defence, with long-term absentee Virgil van Dijk still out of action. Shane Long and Jay Rodriguez are in contention to start up front after Manolo Gabbiadini (groin) joined Charlie Austin (shoulder) on the sidelines.

Bournemouth will check on the fitness of midfielder Ryan Fraser (hamstring). Winger Junior Stanislas (groin) and midfielder Harry Arter (calf) both missed the win over Swansea before the international break but are expected to be available, while French forward Lys Mousset has been carrying a hamstring problem.

Defender Tyrone Mings continues to serve his five-match suspension for a stamp on Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Forward Callum Wilson, goalkeeper Adam Federici and defender Rhoys Wiggins all continue their recoveries from knee injuries.

Last season: Bournemouth 2 Southampton 0, Southampton 2 Bournemouth 0

Last five league matches: Southampton L L W W L; Bournemouth L L D W W

Top scorers (all competitions): Charlie Austin (Southampton) 9; Joshua King (Bournemouth) 11

Match odds: H 8-13 A 9-2 D 16-5

Referee: Jonathan Moss (County Durham)

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