Southampton player ratings against Bournemouth: Forster off-form in derby defeat

Southampton lost 2-0 against Bournemouth on Tuesday night.

Southampton lost to Bournemouth for the first time since 1958 in the league, courtesy of goals in either half from Steve Cook and Benik Afobe with no reply.

The Saints, who'd been on a good run of form prior to Saturday's defeat against Chelsea, were left frustrated by a well-organised Cherries side, who restricted the visitors to few chances and were clinical with theirs.

And the Blues are now only a point behind Ronald Koeman's men, who would've climbed a place to sixth with a win.

Here's how their players fared at the Vitality Stadium:

Fraser Forster 5/10 - His decision to palm Ritchie's free-kick away was not the right one and Cook profited. Also came wandering off his line for Afobe's goal.

Cedric Soares 6/10 - Provided a lot of Saints' width in the first half especially, but was unable to make anything happen in the final third and had to be wary of Gradel at the other end.

Virgil van Dijk 7/10 - A colossus for so long but couldn't prevent his man Afobe from scoring Bournemouth's second, even though the initial foul by him was harsh.

Maya Yoshida 5/10 - Subbed in the first half with Southampton's 5-3-2 system not working.

Jose Fonte 6/10 - An off-night for Saints' captain, who was caught out by King in the lead up to the first goal.

Ryan Bertrand 6/10 - Much like Cedric, was able to get forward fairly regularly at 5-3-2, though he matched the Portuguese in terms of overall impact. Found Ritchie in particular a handful.

Oriol Romeu 6/10 - Saw little of the ball for long spells, courtesy of Arter and Surman on the opposite side. Found life easier with Davis on.

James Ward-Prowse 6/10 - See Romeu. His delivery was typically spot on, though he created little from open play.

Sadio Mane 6/10 - Found himself shut out by Bournemouth's midfield and back two. A late half-chance was thwarted by Boruc.

Charlie Austin 5/10 - Southampton's best chance fell his way in the early exchanges but the former Cherries trialist fired wide. Headed straight down the tunnel after being subbed.

Shane Long 6/10 - Saw more of the ball in the final third than Austin did, but never really got a sight of goal. 


Steven Davis 6/10 - Brought a bit more structure to Southampton's midfield but was unable to alter the outcome.

Graziano Pelle 6/10 - Provided more of an aerial presence but to no real avail.

Dusan Tadic 5/10 - Perhaps a change that needed to be made earlier, with Long and Austin often isolated. Though, ultimately, it made little difference. 

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