Bournemouth’s five-year Premier League residency was left hanging by a thread yesterday after a 2-0 home defeat to Southampton left them three points adrift of safety with one game remaining, reports AP.
In the day’s other game, Tottenham beat Leicester 3-0.
At Bournemouth, Danny Ings scored his 21st goal of the league season and Che Adams added a second deep in stoppage time to hand the visitors victory in the south coast derby.
To stay up, Bournemouth must now win away at Everton next Sunday and hope that Watford loses both their remaining games against Manchester City on Tuesday and Arsenal on the last day of the league season. Watford has a goal difference of minus 23 while Bournemouth is on minus 27.
Watford is 17th in the standings with 34 points from 36 games, while Bournemouth has 31 points from 37. They slipped to second from bottom after yesterday’s defeat.
Ings, who started his career as a teenager at Bournemouth, struck home in the 41st minute to move to within two goals of the league’s top scorer, Jamie Vardy of Leicester City. But he had a second-half penalty saved that would have put him just one behind in the golden boot race.
The goal came after a quick counterattack as his teammates set up an opportunity by finding him on the edge of the area and then pulling defenders out of position to allow the striker to come across onto his right-hand side and hit the ball into the corner of the Bournemouth net.
But he botched the 58th-minute spot-kick which was awarded after a nerve-jangling stoppage for a VAR check that showed Bournemouth’s Harry Wilson had handled in his own penalty area.
Ings hesitated as he took the kick, allowing Aaron Ramsdale to make the save.
VAR was called on again five minutes into stoppage time when Bournemouth substitute Sam Surridge scored a potential equaliser from close range. But the video evidence showed teammate Callum Wilson was offside in the build-up and the goal was overturned.
There was further deflation for beleaguered Bournemouth as Adams made it 2-0 with virtually the last kick of the game as Southampton moved above Everton into 11th place.