Published: Sun, April 02, 2017
Technology | By Timothy Carter

Arter penalty woe as Bournemouth draw at Southampton

Arter penalty woe as Bournemouth draw at Southampton

Harry Arter blazed a second-half penalty over the bar as Bournemouth blew a golden chance to beat their south coast rivals Southampton in a Premier League stalemate at St Mary's on Saturday (April 1).

Bournemouth looked destined to snatch the points late on after winning a penalty, but Arter was unable to convert from the spot after slipping during his run up and ultimately blazing over the bar.

Both sides struck the post in the contest - Dusan Tadic curled effort for Southampton and Adam Smith's low drive for the away side.

Claude Puel's Southampton side went into the game having lost five of their previous seven games and, while they showed signs of improvement against a resurgent Bournemouth team, their lack of attacking quality prevented them from picking up a much-needed home win.

Southampton striker Manolo Gabbiadini will miss Saturday's clash with neighbours Bournemouth, his manager has revealed, via the club's official Twitter account.

The stage was set for a Bournemouth victory, but Arter slipped at the crucial moment, driving his shot into orbit and sending Howe into turf-thumping anguish on the touchline.

"More pleasing is the fact we're creating those opportunities".

Southampton boss Claude Puel tells BBC Sport: "When you play the first game after the global break it is always hard".

Southampton square off against Bournemouth at the St. Mary's Stadium on Saturday to contest the South Coast derby and the victor on the evening will take huge steps forward in their respective hopes of earning a top half finish.

Following the global break, Southampton square off against rivals Bournemouth in the South Coast derby and the win will be important for the Saints both in terms of pride as well as maintaining their position in the top half of the table.

Bournemouth's Eddie Howe has always been considered a future England manager and while he continues to impress with his team presently overachieving in mid-table, it was something else he showed that might make him such a suitable candidate. "We were not great in the first half but in the second we dominated the game and had great chances put the game to bed".

Bournemouth were away to Southampton in today's late kick-off in the Premier League.

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