As Southampton gear up to take on Bournemouth away from home for the first time ever in the Premier League, they will be looking to move a step closer to the Europa League. On the other end of the spectrum, the Cherries will be hoping to take a step closer to Premier League safety.
However, despite both teams’ position in the table, no-one will forget where they have come from in recent years, as the last time the two sides clashed in Bournemouth’s own back yard, the south coast duo were in League One.
Saints were pushing for promotion to the Championship, which they achieved eventually, whilst Bournemouth were looking to stake their own claim throughout the campaign.
Nigel Adkins’ men got off to a poor start, however, as Lauri Dalla Valle opened the scoring after just six minutes.
YouTube: FLASHBACK: AFC Bournemouth 1-3 Southampton (12th March 2011)
But despite Saints’ poor start to proceedings, a response was imminent through fans’ favourite Lee Barnard as he pounced to equalise the scoring in the tie, just 11 minutes in,
It was a toughly contested game throughout, but Saints took the lead 20 minutes from time as Dean Hammond put the visitors 2-1 up, shortly before cult hero Rickie Lambert pounced on the 88th minute to seal all three points for the travelling Southampton faithful to enjoy.
Saints were, however, reduced to ten men in the dying moments of the match as calamitous midfielder Oscar Gobern made an outrageous, kung-fu like challenge in the middle of the pitch, resulting in a highly justifiable red card.
Can the Saints claim another scalp over their south coast companions on Tuesday?