April 28, 2018 / 4:27 PM / 9 months ago

Soccer-Tadic answers prayers for Saints in vital win over Bournemouth

* Southampton secure a 2-1 home win over Bournemouth

* Tadic fired Saints into a 25-minute lead with a clinical finish

* King equalised for the visitors on the stroke of halftime

* Tadic scored the winner with a low finish

* Southampton travel to Everton next, Bournemouth host Swansea City SOUTHAMPTON 2 BOURNEMOUTH 1 April 28 (Reuters) - Dusan Tadic kept alive Southampton’s hopes of retaining their Premier League status by scoring twice in a 2-1 win over south coast rivals Bournemouth to move Saints ahead of Stoke City in the battle to avoid the drop.

Mark Hughes recorded his first league victory as Southampton manager as his side showed their fighting spirit at just the right time, moving to within a point of safety with three games remaining.

Serbian forward Tadic opened the scoring 25 minutes in with a clinical finish past Asmir Begovic. Bournemouth threatened to spoil proceedings when Joshua King netted an equaliser on the stroke of halftime.

But Tadic ensured Southampton ended a dismal run of nine league matches without a win at St Mary’s Stadium with the winner in the 54th minute when he raced onto a long ball and fired a low shot into the bottom corner. (Reporting by Marc Isaacs Editing by Christian Radnedge)

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