Southampton v West Ham United – Premier League – St Mary’s Stadium – Report
Southampton 0-0 West Ham United
It was far from a classic, but West Ham United return from the south coast with a point, a clean sheet and their unbeaten start to the Premier League season still in tack.
Despite the transfer deadline acquisitions of Kurt Zouma, Alex Kral and Nikola Vlašić, Hammers boss, David Moyes opted for the same starting eleven that had played out an exciting 2-2 draw with Crystal Palace ahead of the international break.
On his new additions, Moyes enthused: “They are in the early stages because most players didn’t arrive back til Thursday or Friday.
“I think they’ll add to what we’ve got. We had a busy window but we didn’t go and spend loads and loads.
“We’ve brought in players we think can have an effect on the first team, and with the amount of games we’ve got coming up, they’ll be able to add something to the team as well.”
Nevertheless, Southampton appeared to enjoy the better of some scruffy opening exchanges. Adam Armstong’s angled attempt was comfortably gathered by Lukasz Fabianski, while Romain Perraud’s attempt was deflected behind by Craig Dawson – The Hammers, at this stage, a little careless in possession and shy pressing forward.
Fabianski did well to adjust his angles and cling to Valentino Livramento’s troublesome centre. Meanwhile, Jarrod Bowen provided West Ham’s first notable attempt cleared beyond after a sustained spell of pressure.
Michail Antonio forced Saints stopper, Alex McCarthy into a smart save at the foot of an upright as the Hammers appeared to have dusted away the cobwebs after the restart. Meanwhile, both Moussa Djenepo and Nathan Redmond were wasteful as the Saints countered following a West Ham corner.
Tomas Soucek nodded Said Benrahma’s centre over, while Armstrong did likewise as opportunities continued to come at a premium for both sides. Moyes looked to shake things up, replacing Benrahma with Nikola Vlašić – the balance of play now seemingly stemming the way of the East Londoners.
Bowen was denied by a flying save from McCarthy. Meanwhile, Antonio and Jack Stephens found their way into referee, David Coote’s book as tempers frayed following a coming together by the touchline.
West Ham survived a huge scare when Saints substitute, Armando Broja drove forward before firing against the foot of an upright. Ibrahima Diallo was also wasteful, fizzing over from close range, while Rice hacked off the line after Broja had headed a James Ward-Prowse flag-kick goalwards as the hosts probed for a late winner.
Hammers found themselves reduced to ten men when Antonio was sent for an early bath following a high clumsy challenge on Djenepo.
The overall outcome, perhaps fair, although both might view this as an opportunity missed.
West Ham United now turn their attentions to the Europa League where they will face Dinamo Zagreb at the Stadion Maksimir on Thursday, September 16 (5:45pm).
They return to Premier League action on Sunday 19 when Manchester United visit the London Stadium (2pm).
Southampton: Alex McCarthy, Jack Stephens, Oriol Romeu (Ibrahima Diallo 53’), James Ward-Prowse (Capt), Adam Armstrong (Armando Broja 74’), Nathan Redmond, Romain Perraud, Moussa Djenepo, Valentino Livramento, Mohamed Salisu, Mohamed Elyounoussi Subs not used: Fraser Forster (GK), Kyle Walker-Peters, Lyanco, Che Adams, Nathan Tella, Jan Bednarek, Yan Valery
Booked: Jack Stephens (foul), Mohamed Salisu (foul), Oriol Romeu (foul)
West Ham United: Lukasz Fabiański, Vladimir Coufal, Craig Dawson, Angelo Ogbonna, Aaron Cresswell, Declan Rice (Capt), Tomas Souček, Jarrod Bowen (Andriy Yarmolenko 83’), Pablo Fornals, Said Benrahma (Nikola Vlašić 63’), Michail Antonio Subs not used: Alphonse Areola (GK), Ryan Fredericks, Kurt Zouma, Issa Diop, Alex Kral, Mark Noble, Manuel Lanzini
Booked: Michail Antonio (foul), Declan Rice (foul)
Sent-Off: Michail Antonio (foul – second booking)
Referee: David Coote
Assistants: Harry Lennard and Nick Hopton
Fourth Official: Michael Salisbury
VAR: Martin Atkinson
Assistant VAR: Derek Eaton