Southampton spoil Glenn Whelan's 300th Stoke appearance

Meanwhile, Bournemouth took a big step towards Premier League survival today.

Glenn Whelan was making his 300th appearance for Stoke.
Glenn Whelan was making his 300th appearance for Stoke.
Image: Mike Egerton

ITALIAN STRIKER GRAZIANO  Pelle ended a 13-game scoring drought with a double as Southampton stole a march on Stoke City in the race for European qualification with a 2-1 win at the Britannia Stadium.

Pelle headed home from a Steven Davis corner and then saw a tame shot beat Stoke goalkeeper Jack Butland, before Marko Arnautovic reduced the arrears early in the second half.

Southampton substitute Sadio Mane was harshly sent off in stoppage time following an aerial challenge on Erik Pieters.

Meanwhile, Steve Cook headed in a 78th-minute winner as Bournemouth won 3-2 at home to fellow relegation battlers Swansea City to move 13 points clear of the bottom three.

Bournemouth twice went ahead, through Max Gradel and Josh King, only for Swansea to hit back on each occasion courtesy of Modou Barrow, who became the Premier League’s first Gambian goal-scorer, and Gylfi Sigurdsson.

But with 12 minutes remaining Cook converted Matt Ritchie’s cross to leave Eddie Howe’s men with 38 points — five points above Swansea and just two shy of the 40-point mark traditionally synonymous with survival.

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