Southampton welcomed Bournemouth to St Mary’s Stadium earlier today for our latest Premier League action and fans knew that victory would make relegation a mathematical impossibility this year given our advantage over Cardiff City.
It was another bright start and Republic of Ireland striker Shane Long continued his own form, getting back on the scoresheet for a fourth time in five games 12 minutes in. Bournemouth hit back twice though with goals of their own. James Ward-Prowse continued his own improvement and hit the leveller in the 55th minute.
Matt Targett sent the advantage our way with just over 20 minutes remaining, but the win wasn’t to be as Bournemouth found a leveller of their own to tie the scores up a 3-3 four minutes from time and that was where the game ended.
Plenty of positives for the gaffer though you would’ve thought after that one but the point was enough for survival as Cardiff lost to Fulham.
Speaking to the BBC following the end of the game, manager Ralph Hasenhuttl said of the performance.
“It was a crazy game – a tremendous match. We’re very happy now – we deserve this. We had to take a lot of points, it’s amazing, and to be clear two games before the end is fantastic for us. We invested a lot in this time, learned a lot and showed how beautiful we can play. This summer we will rebuild. We can start planning for next year tomorrow and the target is to get 40 points earlier than this year. A bit less stress would be nice. I’m very happy to be in the best league in the world. Every weekend is a tremendous experience. Every day I enjoy this job very much. It’s everything I expected from the Premier League.”