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2018/2019 English Premier League

Southampton hold on to claim vital point at Bournemouth

Bournemouth were held to a 0-0 draw by Southampton in the Premier League on Saturday, with the stalemate maintaining their unbeaten record at home in all competitions this season.

The Cherries started the game with more intensity than their opponents but were unable to break down a staunch Southampton defence and Mark Hughes' strugglers grew into the contest.

Saints' Danish midfielder Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg found striker Charlie Austin behind the Bournemouth defenders halfway through the opening period, but his touch let him down for what would have been a rare clear-cut chance.

Hojbjerg then made an opening for himself after the hour mark by chesting the ball down and hitting a fierce volley that was palmed away by goalkeeper Asmir Begovic.

Shortly afterwards, Nathan Ake had one of the best opportunities for the hosts but his header from a Ryan Fraser corner went straight at Southampton keeper Alex McCarthy.

Both sides threatened in the closing stages but could not be separated at the final whistle, leaving Bournemouth still flying high in sixth in the Premier League.

Southampton, now without a win in five league matches, remain 16th and face Newcastle United at home next Saturday while Eddie Howe's side travel to Fulham.

English Premier League Standings