Saints At Bournemouth The Opposition View
Monday, 29th Feb 2016 15:41
The Ugly Inside caught up with DJ from Vital Football Bournemouth and he gave us the lowdown on the Cherries ahead of the Bournemouth vs Southampton game on Tuesday and gave the Cherries view of why they feel they are our rivals these days
Head to head:
How different will the game by on Tuesday compared to previous fixtures, what are we expecting from this game?
This game will see Maxi Gradel potentially play a part after he returned from injury on Saturday, ironically to replace Stanislas who now looks set to miss around 8 weeks with a hamstring injury. In attack we have also added Benik Afobe and Lewis Grabban during the January transfer window, although the latter has also missed the last couple of games through injury.
Can you summarise their recent performances for us?
Performances have been good generally. We have sometimes lacked our usual tempo, which has meant we have failed to take a foothold in the game, especially at home, but overall we are performing well and creating chances.
If Bournemouth were to win this game do you think it will give them the confidence to maintain their Premier League status?
3 wins from now could well prove enough and it doesn't matter when they come, but would obviously be useful if they were to come against Newcastle, Swansea and Aston Villa!
How important is he for the Cherries and who else would you say are your key players at the moment?
Key player is Andrew Surman, who will sit in front of the back four, keeping play ticking over and reading the game excellently and breaking up play well. A very understated player.
Considering how Southampton set up, the Cherries will probably revert back to a 4-1-4-1 with Dan Gosling coming back into central midfield with either King or Marc Pugh replacing Stanislas out wide, with Gradel as an option from the bench.
South Coast Derby?
On the other hand, the media can bill the game as a local derby accurately because Southampton are geographically our closest neighbours. We share local television, we share local radio and the majority of the time we have to either travel through or past Southampton via road or train to get to any away fixture.
Many Bournemouth fans also see Southampton as our main rival due to historically watching on as so many local supporters from Poole, Bournemouth and Christchurch areas go on to support Southampton instead of their local club and hold an affinity for the town they live in.
Not only have we lost supporters to Southampton over the years but we've also lost local youth prospects, choosing to join your wonderful academy over our own. Not something you can argue logically, any talented young player would make that jump, but since when has supporting a football club been logical?
There is also an element of rivalry with supporters, with Southampton fans over the years appearing arrogant and patronising in how they perceived their input during our financial problems. Many clubs helped raise money for the Cherries during the days of rattling buckets, but it's only supporters of Southampton who insist on reminding anyone about it on a fairly frequent basis.
That all adds to why some Bournemouth supporters (not all) hold a dislike for Southampton. Does it make Southampton our main rival? Probably, just as much as why other Bournemouth fans consider Leeds as a rival or Reading for different reasons, it doesn't have to be reciprocated for them to consider them as a rival and of course there are levels of rivalry.
I would imagine you would find it difficult to find any die hard Bournemouth fan who dislikes Southampton just as much as any die hard Portsmouth fan, so it needs to be kept in context.
It is however ironic that some Southampton supporters make so much of an effort to tell Bournemouth fans that it's not a rivalry. In League One I seem to remember the "We are Southampton, we don't care about you"... chant, which also got an airing in November. If that was completely true it wouldn't be sung as they would have been completely indifferent...same goes for any songs about Bournemouth.
The "It's not a rivalry" discussion could end up sparking a rivalry amongst those fans who care enough.
Personally I have lived in Southampton whilst studying and have experienced getting the full history of how great Southampton is and why Bournemouth wouldn't exist without Southampton from numerous all knowing Taxi drivers. That at the time certainly used to be really grinding, but I haven't held a long-standing grudge against all Southampton fans because of it. Instead it would just be nice to get the result as my father-in-law is a Southampton fan.
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