Report: Saints 3-2 West Ham

By SFC Media Sat 19 Aug Saints v West Ham
Sat 19 Aug 3.00PM
Premier League
Southampton
3
West Ham United
2
Gabbiadini [11'] Tadic [38'] Austin [90+3']
Chicharito [44' 73']
Tadic (15')
Zabaleta (90+1')
Arnautovic (33')
Referee: Lee Mason | Venue: St Mary's Stadium | Attendance: 31,424

Charlie Austin's late penalty earned Southampton their first Premier League win of the season against West Ham United.

Saints flew to a two-goal lead in the first half thanks to a left-footed strike from Manolo Gabbiadini and penalty from Dušan Tadić, but the visitors fought back.

Javier Hernandez netted either side of the break to bring West Ham level, but Saints were awarded a penalty with just minutes to play, which Austin converted to seal all three points.

Mauricio Pellegrino handed new recruit Mario Lemina his first start for the visit of West Ham to St Mary’s, with James Ward-Prowse making way as the only change from the opening day draw with Swansea City.

The visitors created the first real chance of the afternoon. Former Saints loanee Michail Antonio found Marko Arnautović darting across the right side of the penalty area, but the summer signing struck his low drive wide of Fraser Forster’s near post.

Minutes later Saints found the opener. Nathan Redmond freed Gabbiadini down the left flank and the Italian broke into the West Ham penalty area to curl a left-footed effort past Joe Hart and into the far corner.

Pellegrino’s men were much-deserving of their lead, however the visitors continued to create chances on the counter and Forster had to be alert to palm a close-range header at his near post to safety.

A crucial moment in the match then followed just after the half-hour mark, as Arnautović was given his marching orders by Lee Mason for an off-the-ball elbow into the face of Jack Stephens.

It soon went from bad to worse for the Hammers. On 37 minutes Steven Davis turned José Fonte on the edge of the penalty area and was then dragged back by the Portuguese defender.

Referee Mason rightly pointed to the spot, leaving Tadić to dispatch the resulting penalty straight down the middle and double Saints’ advantage.

Despite the scoreline, the visitors were not ready to give up and managed to fashion a way back into the match just before the break.

Antonio swivelled on the edge of the Saints area and quickly struck at goal. And although Forster was able to parry the initial shot, Hernandez pounced to ram home the rebound and pull one back just before the interval.

Soon after the restart Saints came within inches of re-establishing their two-goal lead. A short corner found its way back out to Davis on the left of the area, and his curling cross dropped just wide of Hart’s far post.

A similar cross-come-shot then almost troubled Forster at the other end. This time it was Hernandez who worked the space and struck towards goal, but the Saints ‘keeper was quick to dive to his left and push the ball away.

Gabbiadini then almost doubled his personal tally before the hour mark with a superb long-range effort. Finding himself in plenty of space, the Italian unleashed a fierce left-footed strike from 30 yards, only to be denied by the crossbar.

Pellegrino moved to make his first change of the afternoon shortly after, as Ward-Prowse entered the fray in place of Lemina.

West Ham then found a leveller on 73 minutes. Forster did superbly well to tip Diafra Sakho’s close-range header onto the crossbar, however Hernandez was once against first to pounce inside the penalty area and fired in the rebound to pull the scores level.

Saints responded immediately. Redmond cut inside and struck a low drive into the side-netting before Pellegrino then introduced Charlie Austin and Shane Long in place of Gabbiadini and Davis.

With three minutes remaining Saints had the ball in the back of the net. Cedrić cut a cross back from the right byline which was half-cleared and then headed in by Long, however the goal was ruled out for a foul on West Ham ‘keeper Hart.

Pellegrino’s men continued to create chances and were inches away from taking a late lead. Redmond smacked a 25-yard effort at goal and it deflected off a West Ham body before rattling the crossbar and falling behind.

Saints were then awarded a late penalty with just minutes remaining. Maya Yoshida was hauled down in the penalty area by Pablo Zabaleta and referee Mason once again pointed to the spot.

This time it was substitute Austin who stepped up and the outcome never really looked in doubt as he confidently sent Hart the wrong way and netted to earn Saints their first Premier League win of the season.

Southampton

Head to Head Stats

West Ham United
  • Possession (%)
    66
    34
  • Shots
    14
    16
  • Shots on target
    5
    8
  • Corners
    7
    2
  • Passes Complete
    487
    192

Southampton

44
Fraser Forster (GK)
3
Maya Yoshida
5
Jack Stephens
21
Ryan Bertrand
2
Cédric Soares
22
Nathan Redmond
18
Mario Lemina
James Ward-Prowse (65′)
8
Steven Davis (C)
Shane Long (80′)
11
Dusan Tadic
14
Oriol Romeu
20
Manolo Gabbiadini
Charlie Austin (80′)
16
James Ward-Prowse
19
Sofiane Boufal
38
Sam McQueen
7
Shane Long
35
Jan Bednarek
13
Alex McCarthy
10
Charlie Austin

West Ham United

25
Joe Hart (GK)
5
Pablo Zabaleta
4
José Fonte
21
Angelo Ogbonna
3
Aaron Cresswell
41
Declan Rice
Pedro Obiang (76′)
16
Mark Noble (C)
7
Marko Arnautovic
20
André Ayew
Edimilson Fernandes (68′)
30
Michail Antonio
Diafra Sakho (68′)
17
Chicharito
14
Pedro Obiang
13
Adrián
15
Diafra Sakho
26
Arthur Masuaku
22
Sam Byram
31
Edimilson Fernandes
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