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2013-04-15T08:00:00 Updated 2015-02-19T00:55:11

Jussi impressed by resilience

Jussi Jaaskelainen gave another accomplished performance in goal for the Hammers at Southampton on Saturday as he helped the Londoners claim a second successive away draw.

The 37-year-old Finn made one particularly impressive save from Rickie Lambert in the first half, diving down to his right to keep the Saints striker's sliding effort out with the help of his near post.

West Ham went on to cancel out Gaston Ramirez' 59th minute opener with an Andy Carroll free kick and Jaskelainen was happy to claim another positive result.

He said: "It's always important when you make saves with the score at 0-0. I don't remember exactly what happened, Rickie Lambert got a good touch, but I got there and just managed to get the ball away and then kick it out of my feet.

"The conditions weren't the easiest to play in on Saturday, and we were delighted with the point.

"Our away form is getting better - in our last four games we've won one, drawn two and had just one defeat. We were on a bad run before, and we tried to play a little differently.

"We've defended well and if we had lost we would have been very disappointed. They have to be happy with the point as well because in the end we had a few chances too.

"It was good to come from behind to get the point. It's massively important in the Premier League to score the first goal, but that can't happen all the time.

"You have to respond to that - there's no point panicking, you have to believe in what you're doing."

Next up for West Ham is the visit of Barclays Premier League leaders Manchester United on Wednesday and Jaaskelainen is relishing the test provided by SIr Alex Ferguson's side.

He added: "We're looking forward to Wednesday. That's the game in hand we have and we can go and enjoy that. We've got nothing to lose.

"We did well against them in the FA Cup earlier in the season and it's great to play against the best teams in the Premier League."

Wigan Athletic

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