Bournemouth 0-1 Southampton: Che Adams header seals much-needed win for Saints

Tom Gott
Adams got the job done
Adams got the job done / Mike Hewitt/GettyImages

Southampton became the last team in the Football League to earn a clean sheet this season as they saw off Bournemouth 1-0 on Wednesday evening.

The Saints secured their first win in six games thanks to an early strike from Che Adams, handing Bournemouth their first defeat under interim manager Gary O'Neil.

The Scotland international's glancing header just nine minutes in, courtesy of a cross from Romain Perraud, was Southampton's first away goal in four games

The hosts did their best to claw their way back into the game but struggled to ask any real questions of Gavin Bazunu in the Southampton net, although the Republic of Ireland international did pull out an impressive save to deny Philip Billing's strike from range on the half-hour mark.

Bournemouth maintained that pressure into the second half and were overwhelmingly dominant at times, but they lacked quality in the final third and gave Southampton plenty of opportunities to double their advantage on the counter.

Adam Smith had to pull off an excellent block to deny Adams inside the final ten minutes after the Scot looked certain to finish off another cross from Perraud.

The hectic action wasn't done there, however, and Bournemouth saw a potential equaliser cleared off the line in stoppage time. Bazunu fluffed a cross but Mohammed Salisu was there to divert the ball away and seal the victory.

Three points for Southampton, but perhaps more importantly, a first clean sheet in 17 games.