Report: Saints 1-3 West Ham United

By SFC Media Sat 04 Feb Saints vs West Ham
Sat 04 Feb 3.00PM
Premier League
Southampton
1
West Ham United
3
Gabbiadini [12']
Carroll [14'] Obiang [44'] Noble [52']
Cresswell (80') Reid (88')
Referee: Graham Scott | Venue: St Mary's Stadium | Attendance: 31,891

Southampton suffered another disappointing afternoon in the Premier League, as they went down 3-1 to West Ham United at St Mary’s.

It had looked set to be a dream debut for Manolo Gabbiadini after he had slammed the ball beyond Darren Randolph to give Saints an advantage on 12 minutes.

But the visitors’ response was emphatic, and a goal two minutes later from Andy Carroll was followed up by a Pedro Obiang effort on the stroke of half-time.

Despite a bright opening to the second-half in response, Mark Noble’s free-kick extended the Hammers advantage further to wrap up the points.

Claude Puel made four changes to the side that were defeated by Swansea City, as Gabbiadini, Sofiane Boufal and James Ward-Prowse all came in.

There was little between the two sides in the opening exchanges, with Carroll and James Ward-Prowse having early efforts.

But on 12 minutes, debutant Gabbiadini lit the blue touch paper for a frenetic few minutes at St Mary’s, when he latched on to an incisive through ball from Jay Rodriguez, before smashing the ball past Darren Randolph from a tight angle.

Manolo Gabbiadini celebrates a debut strike

Two minutes later, Obiang slid the ball into the run of Andy Carroll, who levelled the scoring with a powerful finish.

In an increasingly open contest, Aaron Cresswell collected a cross at the back post before firing a controlled left-footed shot straight into the arms of Fraser Forster.

And the visitors went ahead when Gabbiadini flicked Robert Snodgrass’ outswinging corner away from danger as far as Obiang, who saw his low drive go through a crowd of bodies and arrow into the corner.

Ward-Prowse’s turn and shot from the edge of the box forceed a smart save from Randolph but Puel’s men trailed at the interval.

At the break, the Saints boss made his first change when Nathan Redmond was introduced for Rodriguez, which almost paid dividends instantly.

Nathan Redmond looks to beat Michail Antonio

The winger was hauled down on the left by Cheikou Kouyaté and Ward-Prowse’s curling free-kick almost caught out Randolph at his near post.

On 52 though, it was a free-kick at the other end that proved decisive, as Noble’s inswinging effort took a slight deflection off Steven Davis and went all the way in.

Gabbiadini almost had a second of the afternoon when Boufal’s dinked cross was headed to him by Kouyaté, but he couldn’t find a finish.`

With 20 minutes to go, Cédric’s run down the right was picked out well by Davis, and Ward-Prowse’s header was tipped over superbly by Randolph.

Further efforts fell to Davis, Cédric and Ward-Prowse but it was not enough to find a way back into it.

Southampton

Head to Head Stats

West Ham United
  • Possession (%)
    55
    45
  • Shots
    21
    6
  • Shots on target
    7
    4
  • Corners
    3
    2
  • Passes Complete
    388
    296

Southampton

1
Fraser Forster (GK)
21
Ryan Bertrand
2
Cédric Soares
3
Maya Yoshida
24
Jack Stephens
16
James Ward-Prowse
8
Steven Davis (C)
14
Oriol Romeu
19
Sofiane Boufal
Shane Long (63′)
9
Jay Rodriguez
Nathan Redmond (45′)
20
Manolo Gabbiadini
28
Stuart Taylor
23
Pierre-Emile Højbjerg
38
Sam McQueen
7
Shane Long
22
Nathan Redmond
5
Florin Gardos
4
Jordy Clasie

West Ham United

1
Darren Randolph (GK)
23
José Fonte
2
Winston Reid
8
Cheikhou Kouyaté
James Collins (71′)
3
Aaron Cresswell
16
Mark Noble (C)
11
Robert Snodgrass
7
Sofiane Feghouli
Jonathan Calleri (91′)
14
Pedro Obiang
9
Andy Carroll
Manuel Lanzini (56′)
30
Michail Antonio
31
Edimilson Fernandes
28
Jonathan Calleri
19
James Collins
24
Ashley Fletcher
36
Domingos Quina
13
Adrián
10
Manuel Lanzini
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