SOUTHAMPTON missed the chance to secure their Premier League status thanks to a late Bournemouth leveller in a thrilling South Coast derby.
Matt Targett appeared to guarantee Saints’ survival with a spectacular headed 67th minute goal from Yan Valery’s fabulous cross.
But Callum Wilson scored a late leveller – his second of the game – as the derby finished level.
Ralph Hasenhuttl’s survival bid – which has seen his team take 31 points from 21 games since he took charge in early December – is still all-but complete.
They sit six points above Cardiff with two games to play – and even if they lose both games and the Bluebirds win, they should be fine thanks to their superior goal difference.
Southampton hot-shot Shane Long was at it again scoring an early goal at St Mary’s against their neighbours-but this time it was no record.
Long claimed the fasted Premier League goal ever in mid-week when he netted after just 7.69 seconds against Watford.
But this time he took 12 minutes to side-foot Nathan Redmond’s pass across goalkeeper Artur Boruc into the far corner.
Suddenly the Cherries woke up out of their slumbers and drew level eight minutes later with one of the team goals of the season.
Nathan Ake started it with a clearance in his own six-yard box and a sweet move saw Joshua King feed Callum Wilson who crossed for Dan Gosling to fire home.
Immediately Cherries chief Eddie Howe made a tactical change by replacing defender Chris Mepham with flying Scotsman Ryan Fraser.
Long should have given the Saints the lead again on 24 minutes when he rolled the ball onto a post after Boruc had saved his original shot.
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And that inspired the visitors to storm in front when Callum Wilson grabbed his 13th goal of the season after Gunn pushed David Brooks 30-yard effort into his path.
And this helter-skelter local clash took another twist ten minutes after the break when James Ward-Prowse made it 2-2 before Targett lived up to his name.
But Wilson stunned the home fans when he grabbed an equaliser four minutes from time from Fraser’s cross.