RED-HOT frontman Callum Wilson was happy to accept the “gift” to wrap up Cherries’ 3-1 victory at Southampton.

With Eddie Howe’s men having to dig in and defend for long periods during the second half, the England striker pounced on a mistake deep into stoppage time at St Mary’s to add to goals from Harry Wilson and Nathan Ake.

After defender Jan Bednarek collided with keeper Angus Gunn, Wilson slipped in to score a simple tap-in after a long ball forward.

He told afcbTV: “It was backs against the wall for long periods of the second half, so I was delighted to put it to bed at the end. It’s not often you get gifts like that.

“As a striker you are waiting for opportunities. In the Premier League, you might only get one chance in the game and you have to take it – and be ready to take it.

“It was a hard game, everyone sacrificed themselves for the team and ran themselves into the ground.”

With England manager Gareth Southgate in attendance, the former Coventry forward struck his fourth goal in three Premier League fixtures.

He notched a double against Everton in a 3-1 victory for Cherries at Vitality Stadium last weekend, while also scoring in a 3-1 loss at Leicester.

“It was a slow start from me. I always like to get off the mark early on in the season,” said Wilson.

“It took me three or four games to get going but now I am up and running. I am working hard. As always, there is no rest now. This is where the hard work starts to keep maintaining that form.”