Bournemouth 1-1 Southampton: Three key players

BOURNEMOUTH, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 03: Charlie Austin of Southampton reacts during the Premier League match between AFC Bournemouth and Southampton at Vitality Stadium on December 3, 2017 in Bournemouth, England. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)
BOURNEMOUTH, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 03: Charlie Austin of Southampton reacts during the Premier League match between AFC Bournemouth and Southampton at Vitality Stadium on December 3, 2017 in Bournemouth, England. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images) /
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BRIGHTON, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 29: Fraser Forster of Southampton looks on during the Premier League match between Brighton and Hove Albion and Southampton at Amex Stadium on October 29, 2017 in Brighton, England. (Photo by Steve Bardens/Getty Images)
BRIGHTON, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 29: Fraser Forster of Southampton looks on during the Premier League match between Brighton and Hove Albion and Southampton at Amex Stadium on October 29, 2017 in Brighton, England. (Photo by Steve Bardens/Getty Images) /

Fraser Forster

Coming off a fantastic performance against Manchester City on Wednesday, Forster’s confidence remained high. He was only credited with five saves, but faced sixteen attempts on goal Sunday.

A reactionary stop on a Jermaine Defoe deflection may have been his save of the season.  Following it up moments later, diving and parrying a Nathan Ake header. During a Bournemouth controlled portion of the first half, these were very big moments for a Southampton side that had seen little previous threat.

The Ryan Fraser goal in the 41st minute crept under his arm, but it would be difficult to blame Forster in the one-on-one situation.

His ball control and distribution still need work, as he continues to look very uncomfortable in possession.

However, he is making the saves he was missing early in the year.  Keeping his team in games, and instilling confidence in an increasingly effective back line, which appears to be the soul of the team.