RYAN Fraser has urged Cherries to “set down a marker” by securing a first away victory at Southampton in the club’s history (8pm).

Cherries have beaten their south coast neighbours seven times from 29 meetings, but all of those have come at home.

On the road it has been a different story including two draws and two defeats in the four Premier League clashes in recent years.

Despite that, Cherries have finished above Southampton in the table in each of the past two seasons and head to St Mary’s level on seven points with the hosts, but one place ahead on goals scored.

And Fraser, who netted his first goal of the season against Everton last time out, says it is about time Cherries turned the tables and broke their duck in Hampshire.

Discussing the club’s record at St Mary’s, Fraser said: “It’s disappointing. The gaffer mentioned it, he was already on to the next game in the changing room (after Everton).

“Now we’ve got the win under our belt at home, he says we’ve never really had a good record away and it’s time for us to set down a marker that we can go there and turn them over.

“We bring big fans, large numbers and we always seem to go away disappointed. Even at home I think I remember one game that we won, but we’ve never really dominated them.

“I think we should try and impose ourselves and try and mentally get over that hurdle of going there and trying to win.

“It’s one that if we play our best, I can see us winning.”

He added: “I’ve grown up from Celtic against Rangers, so for me that is a massive, massive derby.

“This is a derby, but every game is a must-win down here. We just try and impose our game on them.

“They’ve done well the other day, they got a big win away to Sheffield United, so we’ll go into the next game and we’ll try our best as always. You can’t try any harder because it’s Southampton.”

Fraser’s blistering form in 2018-19 earned a him a host of awards including the club’s player of the season crown after notching eight goals and providing 15 assists across all competitions.

But the 25-year-old has struggled to replicate that so far this term and was dropped to the bench for the clash against the Toffees, before coming on to help the side to victory.

Asked if there is extra expectation placed on him this season, Fraser said: “No because I feel like I can do it again to be honest.

“Probably the first two games I was thinking too much on it, but now I’m just trying to get on with it and take care of my performance on the ball and off the ball and what will be, will be.

“I’ve got a big chunk of the season to go and the last two games I’ve got my goal, but it doesn’t mean anything if you’re not winning.”

He added: “I didn’t have a long summer. Going away with internationals and playing two games, you’re there for three or four weeks and I’ll go away on holiday and the next thing you know you’re back in.

“I’m not complaining, but it’s hard mentally. You’re back at it. But five games I’ve got one goal and one assist, so it’s just not thinking about that and trying to get my performances better.

“I’ve played left-wing-back and right-wing-back already this season, so it’s just one of them where I’ll just do my job and what will be, will be.”