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Referee Moss ‘apologised for dive mistake’ after Cherries and Saints draw

Adam Smith (right) falls under the tackle of Sofiane Boufal

Adam Smith (right): “The fact he booked me and can’t get it rescinded means I’ll miss the next game”

Bournemouth defender Adam Smith said referee Jon Moss admitted he wrongly booked him for diving instead of awarding a penalty during Sunday’s 1-1 draw against Southampton.

With 32 minutes gone, and the score 0-0, Smith fell to the ground under the challenge of Sofiane Boufal.

But, rather than point to the spot, Moss showed Smith his fifth yellow card of the season, which means he will be suspended for one game.

“For the ref to book me doesn’t help because that’s my fifth yellow card of the season,” said Smith. “I spoke to him after and he apologised and said it was a penalty.

“I don’t mind him admitting it but the fact he booked me and can’t get it rescinded means I’ll miss the next game.”

Manager Eddie Howe said: “I can’t work out what the referee has seen, but that’s football.”

Bournemouth took the lead just before the break when Scotland winger Ryan Fraser slotted a first-time effort past Fraser Forster.

But the Cherries, seeking their first win over the Saints since March 2016, were pegged back when Southampton striker Charlie Austin swept home the equaliser just after the hour mark.

England winger Nathan Redmond – whose post-match conversation with Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola in midweek prompted much discussion – provided the pass for the striker to score after coming on as a half-time substitute.

The point takes Southampton up to 11th in the Premier League, while Bournemouth move above Newcastle into 14th.

Howe’s men have league games against Manchester United, Liverpool and Manchester City coming up in what appears a tough run of matches.

Saints discover bite after Redmond introduction

Saints boss Mauricio Pellegrino must have had his reasons to leave Redmond, one of his most influential forwards, out of the starting XI.

But bar a couple of half-chances for Austin in the first half, the home defence coped comfortably with what threat the Saints offered.

That changed after the break when Redmond replaced James Ward-Prowse. Given a roving role behind Austin, he provided the thrust the visitors had been lacking.

The key moment came in the 61st minute when he played a simple pass to Austin, who swept in past Asmir Begovic.

Redmond also went close with a drive from 20 yards during a second half Southampton largely dominated.

Does Forster deserve to go to Russia?

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Fraser Forster (centre) has the sixth-best save percentage in the Premier League this season

Had it not been for a brilliant first-half save from Forster, it could have been a different outcome for Southampton.

The 29-year-old has been criticised for some of his displays this season and did not feature in the last England squad.

His excellent one-handed save to deny Jermain Defoe was as good as any of David de Gea’s lauded stops for Manchester United at Arsenal on Saturday. He then produced another good block to keep out Joshua King’s stinging effort after the break.

The former Celtic man has made 15 saves in the Premier League this season – more than any other English keeper – and apart from Burnley’s Nick Pope he has the best save percentage of any of his rivals for the England squad.

If he produces performances of this calibre for the remainder of the season, he will be a strong candidate for a seat on England’s plane to Russia.

‘The ref’s decision has a knock-on effect’ – Howe

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Bournemouth 1-1 Southampton: Cherries denied ‘clear penalty’ – Eddie Howe

Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe: “I think it’s a clear penalty.

“At the time I had a good view of it and I think if the defender doesn’t get the ball he’s in trouble because he’s committed, he’s on the floor. Adam goes over his leg.

“It’s hugely disappointing because not only do we not get the penalty but we lose Adam to suspension and it has a knock-on effect to the next game.”

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Austin form important for Saints – Pellegrino

Southampton manager Mauricio Pellegrino: “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.”

On the penalty appeal: “I haven’t seen the clip but I understand the reaction of the people because every single action, it is important to take advantage. Now I cannot talk about our players.”

Man of the match – Charlie Austin (Southampton)

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Another goal – in only his second league start of the season. A certain starter against Arsenal next week?

Austin in form – the stats

  • Bournemouth have recorded just one win in their past 10 league meetings with Southampton (W1 D3 L6), winning 2-0 in this fixture in March 2016.
  • Only West Brom (six) have dropped more points from winning positions in home games than Bournemouth (five) in the Premier League this term.
  • Southampton are winless in their past five Premier League away games (D2 L3), and have only won once on the road in the competition this term (1-0 at Crystal Palace).
  • Saints have only won one of their past 51 games in the Premier League when trailing at half time (3-2 v Liverpool in March 2016), drawing 11 and losing 39.
  • Fraser scored his first Premier League goal since 3 January (v Arsenal), ending a run of 24 appearances without finding the net.
  • Austin has netted seven goals in his past 10 Premier League starts for Southampton, including three in his past two.
  • This was Austin’s 11th goal in the competition for Southampton. He is the only player to score 10 or more for the Saints since his debut in the competition (in January 2016).
  • Redmond has provided an assist in each of his past two games at the Vitality Stadium and has equalled his best assist total in a Premier League campaign (three – in 2015-16 and 2013-14).
  • Only Lukasz Fabianski (35) has made more saves than Forster (34) in Premier League away games this season.

What’s next?

Bournemouth travel to Crystal Palace on Saturday (15:00 GMT) and Southampton host Arsenal next Sunday (12:00 GMT).

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Match ends, Bournemouth 1, Southampton 1.

Second Half ends, Bournemouth 1, Southampton 1.

Attempt missed. Nathan Aké (Bournemouth) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Jordon Ibe with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Bournemouth. Conceded by Ryan Bertrand.

Substitution, Bournemouth. Benik Afobe replaces Ryan Fraser.

Corner, Bournemouth. Conceded by Ryan Bertrand.

Foul by Charlie Austin (Southampton).

Adam Smith (Bournemouth) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Oriol Romeu (Southampton) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Sofiane Boufal.

Attempt blocked. Callum Wilson (Bournemouth) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Ryan Fraser.

Sofiane Boufal (Southampton) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Jordon Ibe (Bournemouth).

Substitution, Southampton. Manolo Gabbiadini replaces Steven Davis.

Offside, Southampton. Nathan Redmond tries a through ball, but Charlie Austin is caught offside.

Offside, Southampton. Wesley Hoedt tries a through ball, but Steven Davis is caught offside.

Attempt missed. Charlie Austin (Southampton) header from very close range is just a bit too high. Assisted by Ryan Bertrand with a cross.

Attempt missed. Nathan Redmond (Southampton) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Ryan Bertrand.

Offside, Southampton. Nathan Redmond tries a through ball, but Mario Lemina is caught offside.

Mario Lemina (Southampton) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Mario Lemina (Southampton).

Lewis Cook (Bournemouth) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt saved. Joshua King (Bournemouth) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Substitution, Southampton. Mario Lemina replaces Dusan Tadic.

Corner, Southampton. Conceded by Andrew Surman.

Attempt blocked. Sofiane Boufal (Southampton) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Dusan Tadic.

Offside, Southampton. Virgil van Dijk tries a through ball, but Charlie Austin is caught offside.

Substitution, Bournemouth. Jordon Ibe replaces Junior Stanislas.

Substitution, Bournemouth. Callum Wilson replaces Jermain Defoe.

Ryan Bertrand (Southampton) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Jermain Defoe (Bournemouth).

Offside, Southampton. Ryan Bertrand tries a through ball, but Charlie Austin is caught offside.

Goal! Bournemouth 1, Southampton 1. Charlie Austin (Southampton) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Nathan Redmond.

Attempt missed. Jérémy Pied (Southampton) right footed shot from outside the box is too high following a corner.

Corner, Southampton. Conceded by Simon Francis.

Attempt blocked. Dusan Tadic (Southampton) right footed shot from very close range is blocked.

Attempt missed. Andrew Surman (Bournemouth) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Junior Stanislas.

Attempt saved. Junior Stanislas (Bournemouth) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Adam Smith.

Foul by Sofiane Boufal (Southampton).

Adam Smith (Bournemouth) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Oriol Romeu (Southampton).

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