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Davo on target to make it all Saints' day

By Graham Luney

Published 02/11/2015

SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 01: Steven Davis of Southampton celebrates as he scores their first goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Southampton and A.F.C. Bournemouth at St Mary's Stadium on November 1, 2015 in Southampton, England. (Photo by Alex Broadway/Getty Images)
SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 01: Steven Davis of Southampton celebrates as he scores their first goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Southampton and A.F.C. Bournemouth at St Mary's Stadium on November 1, 2015 in Southampton, England. (Photo by Alex Broadway/Getty Images)

Northern Ireland captain Steven Davis was a smiling assassin for Southampton yesterday, firing the Saints into the top half of the Premier League table after a 2-0 victory over Bournemouth.

The midfielder, still basking in the glory of leading his side to a first ever European Championship finals, scored his second goal of the season in the derby at St Mary's and a further strike from Graziano Pelle made it an All Saints Day for Southampton fans to cherish.

Davis volleyed in the opener in the 31st minute with a close-range finish from Ryan Bertrand's cross and the Cherries' couldn't find a way back even when Southampton's Victor Wanyama was dismissed with 10 minutes remaining.

Saints boss Ronald Koeman said: "We know we can play fantastic football. If we take that and learn from the second half, we will finish in a high position."

In yesterday's other Premier League clash, Arouna Kone scored a first Everton hat-trick as the Toffees thrashed Sunderland 6-2 at Goodison Park.

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