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2018/2019 English Premier League
  • Shane Long (12')
  • James Ward-Prowse (55')
  • Matt Targett (67')
  • Dan Gosling (20')
  • Callum Wilson (32', 86')

Southampton stay up after thrilling draw with Bournemouth

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Saints safe after 6-goal south coast thriller (2:30)

A thrilling 3-3 draw with Bournemouth earned Southampton a point which keeps them in the Premier League for another season. (2:30)

Southampton secured their Premier League status for another year after a thrilling 3-3 home draw with Bournemouth on Saturday as Cardiff City slumped to a 1-0 defeat at Fulham.

The draw put Southampton in 16th place on 38 points, seven ahead of Cardiff and four clear of Brighton & Hove Albion with two games left to play.

"It was a crazy game, we are very happy now. It was a tremendous match," Ralph Hasenhuettl told reporters after steering his club to safety.

Fresh from scoring the fastest goal in Premier League history against Watford, Irish striker Shane Long again got Southampton off to a flying start with a goal in the 12th minute, but Dan Gosling equalised eight minutes later.

Long missed a sitter in the 24th minute, stabbing the ball against the post with the keeper stranded and the goal at his mercy, and it was to prove costly as Callum Wilson pounced to rattle home a rebound in the 32nd minute.

James Ward-Prowse put the Saints level with a skimming shot that flew in at the foot of the post 10 minutes into the second half.

Matt Targett thought he had put the icing on the cake for Southampton when he leapt to meet Yann Valery's cross, sending his header into the net to spark scenes of wild celebration.

They were interrupted when Wilson scuffed home his second goal, but news that Cardiff had gone behind to Fulham had filtered through to the ground and Southampton were able to enjoy confirmation of their survival in the top flight.

Southampton had nine points after winning just one of their opening 15 games when Austrian coach Hasenhuettl took over from Mark Hughes in December, and the 51-year-old went on to guide them to eight wins and five draws in 21 league games at the helm.

"We deserve this, we invested a lot in this time and learned a lot. We showed how beautiful we can play," he told reporters, adding that he would be aiming to rebuild his squad during the summer.

"The next step must be to get more clinical in some situations. Two games before the end, to be clear [of relegation] is fantastic for us."

English Premier League Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 Liverpool 12 +18 34
2 Leicester City 12 +21 26
3 Chelsea 12 +10 26
4 Manchester City 12 +22 25
5 Sheffield United 12 +4 17
6 Arsenal 12 -1 17
7 Manchester United 12 +4 16
8 Wolverhampton Wanderers 12 +1 16
9 AFC Bournemouth 12 0 16
10 Burnley 12 -1 15
11 Brighton & Hove Albion 12 -2 15
12 Crystal Palace 12 -6 15
13 Newcastle United 12 -7 15
14 Tottenham Hotspur 12 +1 14
15 Everton 12 -5 14
16 West Ham United 12 -6 13
17 Aston Villa 12 -3 11
18 Watford 12 -15 8
19 Southampton 12 -18 8
20 Norwich City 12 -17 7