Bournemouth and Southampton performed out a attract an entertaining south-coast derby on the Vitality Stadium on Sunday.
The Cherries led within the first-half when Ryan Fraser was readily available to capitalise on an unforced error and convert, earlier than Charlie Austin levelled after the break because the away facet seemed to finish a turnaround.
However neither facet may discover a winner, regardless of quite a lot of promising alternatives all through an open second-half.
After a scrappy and considerably disjointed begin to the sport, it was the guests that started to claim their authority and almost led inside twelve minutes. Virgil van Dijk met an in-swinging nook with an emphatic leap however planted his header broad of the far submit.
Bournemouth seemed to be missing confidence and had been notably subdued within the opening phases, though they themselves got here near an opener when Jermain Defoe flicked on a goal-bound effort however was denied by a reflex Fraser Forster save.
The chance appeared to elevate the hosts, who started a interval of strain of their very own. A well-guided Nathan Ake header was parried away by Forster earlier than Bournemouth noticed vehement protests for a penalty dismissed, and Adam Smith booked, controversially, for what referee Jon Moss deemed to be a dive.
However minutes earlier than half-time, Bournemouth had been in entrance after Wesley Hoedt was caught on the ball and a swift passing transfer culminated in a neat end from the unmarked Fraser.
Southampton had not been with out probabilities. Austin’s close-range header was well-saved by Artur Boruc, whereas Sofiane Boufal, in house within the field, blazed over moments earlier than the break.
However Bournemouth had been rewarded for a much-improved show, and Josh King got here inside inches of doubling the lead instantly after half-time with a left-footed shot throughout purpose.
The away facet had been enhancing too, although, placing their hosts below rising strain because the second-half progressed. And with an hour performed, they had been degree, Austin changing clinically having been picked out by substitute Nathan Redmond.
Having equalised, Southampton had been firmly within the ascendancy. Mauricio Pellegrino’s facet loved nearly full domination of the ball, and seemed more and more threatening, however could not convert the alternatives they created.
Austin missed the most effective of them with ten minutes remaining when he climbed highest to fulfill a Ryan Bertrand cross however headed over, clutching his head in his palms in realisation on the high quality of the possibility.
There was nonetheless time for Bournemouth’s Ake to go over a late, late nook, however neither facet may discover a successful purpose in an entertaining south-coast derby. The draw left the house facet in 14th, and Southampton two factors higher off in 11th.