Southampton striker Graziano Pelle was on target again on Sunday evening as he helped his side secure a 2-0 win over rivals Bournemouth.
Pelle has now scored six goals in 11 Premier League games this season, and the Italian international continues to play a pivotal role in the club’s improved form.
The Saints have overcome a slow start to the campaign to put together an impressive run of form which continues to push them up the Premier League table.
Following on from their 6-0 win over the MK Dons in September, Ronald Koeman’s side have now won four of their last six games in all competitions, including that significant 3-1 victory over Chelsea.
While Pelle played a pivotal role in making the game safe, Steven Davis also found the back of the net to grab his second goal of the season which in turns piles the pressure on Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe.
The Premier League newcomers have struggled with injuries in recent weeks, and that has coincided with a run of form that has seen them fall to 17th place in the standings.
Howe’s side remain just one point off the relegation zone, and although the club are unlikely to make any rash decisions given their expectation to merely remain in the English top flight this season, the English tactician will hope to oversee an upturn in form sooner rather than later.
The Cherries face a crucial home game against fellow strugglers Newcastle on Saturday, while Southampton travel to Sunderland who will be looking to leapfrog both teams if they can pick up a victory over Koeman’s men.