Harry Arter just took one of the worst penalties of all time

In the end, a point is probably good for Eddie Howe's side but they had an incredible opportunity to gain three points when they were awarded a penalty after 79 minutes.

Bournemouth managed just two shots on target and Harry Arter missed a penalty as they were held to a 0-0 draw by Southampton.

Puel again substituted him late in the second half - he looked to be their best player despite missing two chances to score and improve on Saints' record of two wins from eight games. A rare chance occurred in the 60th minute, when Joshua King found himself in a great position to tee-up teammate Benik Afobe who side footed the ball wide.

Bournemouth's Dan Gosling shot over the crossbar from similar territory in the 29th minute after goalkeeper Fraser Forster's unconvincing punched clearance.

Typically promising build-up play on the right wing between James Ward-Prowse and Cedric created space for the latter to cross to Tadic, and after Jay Rodriguez dummied, the midfielder curled just wide of the left post.

The best chance of the first half came just before the interval, when Rodriguez got in behind the Bournemouth defence and hit a dipping drive that Artur Boruc did well to tip over with a diving save.

Charlie Austin, Manolo Gabbiadini, Jake Hesketh, Alex McCarthy, Jeremy Pied, Matt Targett and Virgil van Dijk are the players who look set to miss out on the day for Southampton due to injuries. Subs: Sofiane Boufal (for Ward-Prowse, 63 mins): 6, Shane Long (for Rodriguez, 63 mins): 7, Sam McQueen (for Tadic, 80 mins): 5.

Bournemouth replaced King with Jack Wilshere, before striking the post when Adam Smith's shot from the edge of the area took a subtle deflection off Ryan Bertrand.

Now relegation should no longer be a worry for Bournemouth and they will be hoping to leapfrog Southampton into the top half of the table by claiming a victory over their rivals in a clash at the St. Mary's Stadium this weekend.

In the 78th minute, Bertrand was harshly penalised by Jonathan Moss as the referee ruled the Saints defender's tug on Fraser was worthy of a penalty.

But Arter - much like David Beckham for England against Portugal at Euro 2004 - seemed unsteady on his feet and instead shot embarrassingly over the crossbar.

  • Patricia Jimenez