Southampton secured an absolutely crucial victory on Saturday afternoon as they defeated Bournemouth 2-1.

Saints welcomed the Cherries to St Mary’s Stadium knowing that only a win would do, with the gap between the relegation zone and safety continuing to expand.

Mark Hughes made some changes to his starting line-up and the team started well and on the front-foot against a somewhat uninspired Bournemouth side.

Saints eventually broke the deadlock with a well-worked counter attack. Mario Lemina and Dusan Tadic were able to capitalise on a poorly-executed set-piece routine from Bournemouth, with the latter firing low and beyond Asmir Begovic.

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Bournemouth equalised on the stroke of half-time, however, as Josh King was found unmarked at the back post to tap home with ease.

It was a tight second-half, with Alex McCarthy making a string of good saves throughout the match. The two sides fought hard but it was Saints who took all three points on the day.

Tadic scored the decisive goal and his second of the day with a majestic clip beyond Begovic, sending the St Mary’s crowd into raptures.

The win means Saints now trail 17th-placed Swansea by only one point. Here are our Southampton player ratings following the win over Bournemouth on Saturday.