October 20, 2018 / 4:07 PM / a month ago

Soccer-Southampton hold on to claim vital point at Bournemouth

* Bournemouth and Southampton play out goalless draw

* Result maintains the Cherries’ unbeaten home record this season

* Saints’ Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg came close with a second-half volley

* Bournemouth’s Nathan Ake had a header saved

* Southampton welcome Newcastle United next; Bournemouth travel to Fulham BOURNEMOUTH 0 SOUTHAMPTON 0

Oct 20 (Reuters) - Bournemouth were held 0-0 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. Mark Hughes’ struggling side then 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. However, it was palmed away by goalkeeper Asmir Begovic.

Shortly after, 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 to leave Bournemouth still flying high in sixth in the Premier League standings.

Southampton, now without a win in five league matches, remain 16th and face Newcastle United at home next Saturday. Eddie Howe’s side travel to Fulham. (Reporting by Christian Radnedge, Editing by Pritha Sarkar)

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