Goals and Highlights: Southampton 0-1 West Ham United


Final-Time: Southampton FC 0-1 West Ham United
Sebastien Haller secured all three points for West Ham while ending his goal drought, and potentially saving Manuel Pellegrini's career, for now.

Poor game from the officials as the Hammers were denied a number of free-kicks, a stonewall penalty and later nearly conceded after Martin Atkinson hasn't spotted a dive from Southampton's Djenepo.

Six-pointer goes to the visitors.
94' They just can't catch a break, can they?

David Martin was down injured after making a goal-kick, very similar to what happened to Łukasz Fabiański.

His back on his feet but looks uncomfortable.
92' Two crucial interceptions by Ogbonna as the Saints continue to pile on the pressure.

A corner was swung in but the Hammers managed to just clear it away.
90' Shocking dive from Djenepo as the hosts had a chance to equalise from a free-kick, but Ward-Prowse fired it straight at Martin.

FOUR minutes added.
88' Manuel Pellegrini is seemingly shutting down the shop.

Issa Diop replaces Mark Noble and the Hammers now have five defenders and two defensive midfielders on the pitch.

90 seconds remaining. Will any of the sides find another goal?
86' Southampton are all out attack.

Firstly Hojbjerg scuffed a very well worked chance wide, and now Che Adams has been substituted on as they continue to search for the equaliser.
84' Shane Long off, Stuart Armstrong off.

Will he be the Saints' saviour?
81' Oh wow.

Jack Stephens wanted a piece of the pie himself, but his effort went out for a throw-in.

One to forget for the defender.
77' Close from the Hammers!

First Haller heads nicely but McCarthy saved his effort, then Balbuena nearly got the ball into the path of Yarmolenko and after a great counter-attack Haller headed it down to the Ukrainian who scooped just too high on his right foot.

West Ham continuing to push for the second.
76' What a brilliant strike from Ings as he put it top corner from 25-yards-out.

But before Djenepo fouled Fredericks, therefore it's no goal.
73' An acrobatic effort from Haller, but McCarthy saved it with ease.

In the meantime, Robert Snodgrass made way for Andriy Yarmolenko.

Danny Ings came close to scoring in his sixth consecutive game, but the ball bounced away from the goal after smashing from the underside of the bar.

Shane Long's tried to get the rebound but missed from five yards out.
65' Djenepo tried his luck from distance, but fired above David Martin's goal.
57' Yellow card for Ryan Fredericks.

The booking means that the right-back will now miss West Ham's trip to Selhurst Park as they face Crystal Palace on Boxing Day. 
NO GOAL!: Southampton FC 0-1 West Ham United
52' Michail Antonio has thought he's scored, but VAR says otherwise.

Another unfortunate handball from the forward denies West Ham another goal. The Hammers keep pushing on as they look much much better than their opponents.
49' Response from Saints!

A great cross from Cedric nearly found Ward-Prowse but the midfielder's header didn't properly connect with the ball.

Brilliant flick from Haller to Fornals who fired a volley towards McCarthey's goal, but the goalkeeper managed to get a hand to it and turn it over the bar.

Hammers have come very close to extending their lead.
45' We're back underway!

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Half-Time: Southampton FC 0-1 West Ham United
Throughout the first 45 minutes, only one team was creating chances and threatening their opposition - West Ham.

Sebastien Haller's 27th-minute finish is the only goal that's separating the two sides but Southampton haven't looked threatening at all.

As things stand the Hammers sit 15th, four points above the relegation zone.
43' Chance for Southampton!

Cedric Soares crossed from deep but Pierre-Emile Højbjerg headed wide from a very good position.
GOAL!: Southampton FC 0-1 West Ham United

Great work from Michail Antonio to keep the ball in play and an even better lay-off from Pablo Fornals, his third assist in his last four games, to tease up Sebastien Haller who brilliantly struck the ball with his left foot.

Alex McCarthy had no chance of keeping that out.

Both Haller and Antonio have been fouled inside the box, but the VAR says no penalty. 

Bednarek had his hands around Antonio's neck, Bertrand pushed Haller from the back.

Absolutely baffling decision.
24' Nearly a chance for the hosts!

Ryan Fredericks got caught on the ball for too long but Nathan Redmond's poor touch allowed him to get back on time.
12' Antonio looks to be off and away from Bednarek but the linesman says that winger committed a foul.

Very harsh decision.
7' Another chance for the Hammers.


A great cross from Michail Antonio who got the ball into the box for Pablo Fornals, but the Spaniard's shot was deflected away for a corner.

Very good start from Manuel Pellegrini's men.

2' Early chance for West Ham!

Declan Rice headed the ball into the net after a great cross from Robert Snodgrass, but it's been ruled out for offside.

Southampton's James Ward-Prowse gets the game underway.
Just under five minutes until the kick-off and the teams are being led onto the pitch by Martin Atkinson.

Southampton in their home red and white kit, West Ham in purple and black.
As the tension rises with just over half an hour until the first kick of the ball, here's the preview of the match.
That's it for now regarding the news.

Join us back closer to kick-off for the live commentary from the game.
Talking team news
A much-needed change finally came from Manuel Pellegrini as Sebastien Haller starts alongside Michail Antonio, but unfortunately, the reason behind is Felipe Anderson's pre-game ankle injury.

Robert Snodgrass keeps his place in the starting XI, so have Fabian Balbuena. Nathan Holland has been left out of the substitute bench with Albian Ajeti coming back.

Ralph Hassenhuttl has stuck with the same tactics that have been recently working very well for his side, with pacey Moussa Djenepo and Nathan Redmond out wide who will certainly be looking to give the Hammers' defence a really tough time.

A 4-4-2 formation for both sides, with the only difference being that Southampton has pace, West Ham not.
West Ham United: Starting XI
Martin; Fredericks, Balbuena, Ogbonna, Cresswell; Snodgrass, Rice, Noble, Fornals; Haller, Antonio.
Southampton FC: Starting XI
McCarthy; Soares, Bednarek, Stephens, Bertrand; Redmond, Ward-Prowse, Hojbjerg, Djenepo; Long, Ings. 
Stay tuned
That's it for now, but live commentary will resume around one hour before kick-off as we bring you the team news.
Southampton team news
Yan Valery has been confirmed unfit after catching a virus.

Stuart Armstrong and Sofiane Boufal are both recovering from injuries, but there's a chance that they will make a full recovery for the match.
West Ham team news
Łukasz Fabiański, Manuel Lanzini, Winston Reid and Jack Wilshere remain sidelined and all have been ruled out of the game.

Aaron Cresswell is a doubt after being forced off with an injury in last week's loss to Arsenal.
Southampton's form
Before wins against Watford and Norwich, Southampton were sitting on only two league games out of 13 possible. but Danny Ings's goals nearly got them out of the relegation zone.

Unfortunately, the Saints' winning streak was cut short as in their latest match Newcastle United found a way to stop them.

Southampton currently sit 18th in the Premier League table.
West Ham's form
West Ham are proving that they're still as inconsistent as they were in previous years. After a great start to the season which saw them come within the reach of the top 3, they've won only one of their latest 11 games.

In their previous match, the Hammers fell short losing 1-3 to Arsenal, with Angelo Ogbonna scoring their only goal.

West Ham currently sit 16th in the Premier League table.
This will be the final game for West Ham before a two-week break as their next week's game against Liverpool has been postponed.

The Southampton FC vs West Ham United match will be played at the St. Mary's Stadium in Southampton, England. The kick-off is scheduled at 5:30 GMT.

Hello and welcome to VAVEL UK's live text commentary of this matchday 17 fixture in the Premier League: Southampton FC vs West Ham United. Stay tuned for a pre-game analysis followed by live updates when the match kicks off at 5:30 GMT.