Southampton 0-0 Bournemouth

Harry Arter



Spot the ball: Arter manages to lift it way over the crossbar

Harry Arter blazed over a late penalty for Bournemouth in their goalless Premier League draw against south coast rivals Southampton.

The visiting midfielder slipped while taking his spot-kick with 13 minutes to go – awarded after Ryan Bertrand’s tug on Ryan Fraser – which ended up high in the stand behind Fraser Forster’s goal.

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

Andrew Surman’s poked effort was cleared off the line by England international James Ward-Prowse, while Jay Rodriguez’s thumping drive forced Cherries goalkeeper Artur Boruc into a reflex save.

The two strikers for each team should have done better when presentable opportunities fell to them in the box, but both Benik Afobe and Saints’ Shane Long failed to hit the target with their efforts.

Relive the goalless draw from St. Mary’s

Arter bends it like Beckham

Amusing for those watching, but not for the player himself.

Arter’s left foot gave way at the point of contact with the ball, meaning he was off balance and ended up horribly shanking his penalty deep into the south stand at St Mary’s.

It was similar to former England captain David Beckham’s penalty against Portugal at Euro 2004, losing his standing foot and smashing his effort over the crossbar.

Arter tried to make amends with a couple of minutes remaining, but his well-struck shot from the edge of the area was pushed away by Forster.

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After scoring 10 of their first 11 Premier League penalties, Bournemouth have missed the last three in a row
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Beckham missed as England lost to Portugal on penalties at Euro 2004
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Earlier this season, Tottenham striker Harry Kane also saw the turf go from under him as he missed from the same spot as Arter

‘I didn’t intentionally miss’

Bournemouth midfielder Harry Arter on his penalty miss: “I feel if I score we would have got three points. I didn’t intentionally miss. As much as it is disappointing it is part and parcel of football.

“It is my fault, one of the lads said Harry Kane did something similar, maybe they need to have a look at it.”

Mid-table comforts

The result leaves Southampton in 10th place, one position above Bournemouth with both sides on 34 points. The Saints have played two fewer games because of their run to the EFL Cup final.

Eddie Howe’s side had been looking over their shoulders having started 2017 without winning their first eight league games, but they have collected 10 points from their last four games to climb seven clear of the relegation zone.

Meanwhile, Claude Puel’s men continue to perform steadily and have lost just once in their last four games.

Man of the match – Artur Boruc (Bournemouth)

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Boruc made four vital saves to preserve a clean sheet for his side

‘A draw is normal’

Southampton boss Claude Puel tells BBC Sport: “When you play the first game after the international break it is always difficult. Bournemouth have just three international players. It is not an excuse. We had opportunities to score but a draw is normal.

“We had good intensity at the beginning. Without scoring it is difficult, the opponent took confidence and it was difficult to finish.”

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Tiredness not an excuse for missed chances – Puel

Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe: “It should have been three wins in a row. 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.”

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Bournemouth deserved more – Howe

What next?

Southampton host Crystal Palace on Wednesday (kick-off 19:45 BST), while Bournemouth travel to face Liverpool on the same day (kick-off 20:00 BST).

Bournemouth love the woodwork – the stats

  • Southampton remain unbeaten against Bournemouth on home soil, having won eight and drawn five matches.
  • Bournemouth have kept back-to-back clean sheets in the Premier League for the first time since March 2016.
  • Eddie Howe’s side are now unbeaten in their last four league games, their longest such run since October 2016 (also four).
  • Ryan Fraser has won more penalties than any other player in the Premier League this season (5).
  • The Cherries are the first side since Crystal Palace in October 2016 to miss three penalties in a row in the Premier League.
  • Dusan Tadic had the most shots and created the most chances for Southampton in this match (four each).
  • No team has hit the woodwork more times than Bournemouth in the Premier League this season (16).

Live Text

Match ends, Southampton 0, Bournemouth 0.

Second Half ends, Southampton 0, Bournemouth 0.

Maya Yoshida (Southampton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Benik Afobe (Bournemouth).

Attempt missed. Adam Smith (Bournemouth) right footed shot from outside the box is too high from a direct free kick.

Oriol Romeu (Southampton) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Oriol Romeu (Southampton).

Ryan Fraser (Bournemouth) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt saved. Harry Arter (Bournemouth) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Jack Wilshere.

Shane Long (Southampton) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Dan Gosling (Bournemouth).

Corner, Southampton. Conceded by Harry Arter.

Attempt blocked. Nathan Redmond (Southampton) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Sofiane Boufal.

Attempt missed. Cédric Soares (Southampton) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

Attempt saved. Shane Long (Southampton) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Sofiane Boufal.

Jack Stephens (Southampton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Harry Arter (Bournemouth).

Substitution, Southampton. Sam McQueen replaces Dusan Tadic.

Attempt missed. Benik Afobe (Bournemouth) right footed shot from the right side of the box is too high. Assisted by Ryan Fraser.

Penalty missed! Bad penalty by Harry Arter (Bournemouth) right footed shot is too high. Harry Arter should be disappointed.

Penalty conceded by Ryan Bertrand (Southampton) after a foul in the penalty area.

Penalty Bournemouth. Ryan Fraser draws a foul in the penalty area.

Foul by Sofiane Boufal (Southampton).

Ryan Fraser (Bournemouth) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Shane Long (Southampton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Simon Francis (Bournemouth).

Attempt blocked. Marc Pugh (Bournemouth) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Foul by Shane Long (Southampton).

Harry Arter (Bournemouth) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Dan Gosling (Bournemouth) left footed shot from the left side of the box is too high.

Attempt saved. Marc Pugh (Bournemouth) right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Attempt missed. Adam Smith (Bournemouth) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

Substitution, Bournemouth. Jack Wilshere replaces Joshua King.

Attempt missed. Shane Long (Southampton) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Dusan Tadic with a through ball.

Foul by Maya Yoshida (Southampton).

Benik Afobe (Bournemouth) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution, Southampton. Shane Long replaces Jay Rodriguez.

Substitution, Southampton. Sofiane Boufal replaces James Ward-Prowse.

Attempt missed. James Ward-Prowse (Southampton) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the left.

Attempt saved. Nathan Redmond (Southampton) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Steven Davis.

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