Belfast Telegraph

Davo on target to make it all Saints' day

By Graham Luney

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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