SOUTHAMPTON v WEST HAM UNITED
BARCLAYS PREMIER LEAGUE
SUNDAY 15 SEPTEMBER 2013
REFEREE: ANDRE MARRINER
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Final score - Southampton 0-0 West Ham United
94: Into the final minute and Southampton have a throw inside the West Ham half. The cross from deep falls to Ward-Prowse under pressure from Rat. The cross comes over and is cleared as far as Wanyama, who slices wide. The goal kick is short to Rat, who hammers upfield and the final whistle is blown. Another clean sheet and a hard-earned point for the visitors, who have Jussi Jaaskelainen to thank for their positive result. The goalkeeper was outstanding and a clear Man of the Match here at St Mary's. We return to action next Saturday at home to Everton. Tickets are still available here. Before then, we'll have exclusive reaction from today's game on West Ham TV, social media and here on whufc.com. Thanks for joining us!
92: West Ham have a free-kick on halfway following a foul by Wanyama. Lovren can only head behind for a corner under pressure from Vaz Te. Can the Hammers nick it? Vaz Te's header hits a defender, Fonte, and bounces away for another corner. Jarvis takes this time, but cannot beat the first man. His follow-up cross is also cleared.
90: Rat and Reid scramble the ball behind for a corner. Ward-Prowse takes and Osvaldo's header hits a West Ham player on its way out. Another corner. Ward-Prowse takes and Jaaskelainen punches clear. The ball is delivered into the box from deep and Lambert heads down, but the goalkeeper is there again to plunge onto the loose ball. Four added minutes to be played...
89: Into the final two minutes of normal time. Southampton on the attack... West Ham win it back, but Rat cannot keep the ball in on halfway and the Saints have a throw-in.
87: Reid is back on.
85: A break in play for Reid to receive treatment. He might have tweaked something as he landed after winning a header, or it may just be a spot of cramp. As he limps to the touchline, it seems to be the latter. Reid has some more treatment as Osvaldo heads a long, diagonal cross behind for a goal kick. No rush, Jussi!
84: Big chance for the Hammers to win it goes begging. West Ham get a corner through Jarvis's persistence and keep the ball alive due to some fine work inside the Southampton box. Noble skips to the byline and pulls the ball back for Collins, who is unmarked, but the centre-back blasts over the crossbar. Head in hands for the defender. That was a great opportunity.
82: According to one fan on the BBC website, we will 'really struggle' this season due to a lack of creativity and goals. I suppose we only have three England international attackers injured at present, so there are no extenuating circumstances.
81: Another chance for Ward-Prowse to deliver after a foul by Diame about 30 yards out. He'll cross again but this time it's too strong for Lovren. The Croat was unmarked, as was Lambert. A bit of an escape for the Hammers there.
79: West Ham have a set piece to defend as Taylor is penalised for handball about 35 yards out. The free-kick drops into the box but Fonte cannot get his effort on target as he slides. Goal kick.
77: Southampton replace Shaw with Calum Chambers. West Ham take off Morrison, with former Portsmouth player Matt Taylor replacing him. Taylor gets a warm reception from the home fans.
76: Reid wins the ball from Osvaldo with a strong but fair challenge. Osvaldo lays on the ground. I never understand why players do that when they are not badly hurt. What does it prove? Osvaldo is soon up again.
75: Rat is involved here, playing a one-two with Diame which the Senegal captain bursts onto and crosses towards Vaz Te, but it's too strong and Southampton win a throw.
72: Southampton make their first change, with Lallana being replaced by young James Ward-Prowse. The 18-year-old is already an England U21 international. He is immediately involved after Vaz Te gives the ball away on halfway, striding forward before feeding Lambert on the corner of the box. The No7 takes the shot first-time and Jaaskelainen is called into action again, flying to his left to push the ball aside for a corner. It comes to nothing.
70: O'Brien's challenge on Lallana is from behind and leaves the Southampton skipper in a heap, and it leads to some handbags. When everything settles down, Mr Marriner books the Irishman. Probably the right decision on reflection, as O'Brien's left leg followed the right and brought Lallana to the ground.
68: A second change from Big Sam sees Vaz Te replace Maiga. Tactically, Vaz is now up front, O'Brien is at right-back, Rat at left-back, Diame wide left and Jarvis wide right.
67: Another world-class save from Jaaskelainen keeps the game goalless. Lallana finds Rodriguez and his cross is met by Schneiderlin on the volley. Jaaskelainen flies to his left and palms the ball around the post. From the corner, the downward header from Lovren bounces wide.
66: Wanyama is booked now, for tripping Morrison. No arguments from the Kenyan. Collins lifts the free-kick into the box and Nolan stretches for it, but cannot reach. Boruc collects.
63: Noble fouls Lovren on halfway and is booked. The crowd is 28,794, with 2,664 of the attendees being of a West Ham persuasion.
61: So close for Southampton again as Collins makes a heroic block from Schneiderlin's shot. Southampton again claim handball. Nothing given. Osvaldo unleashes the overhead from the rebound and Reid stretches to head behind for a corner. The first delivery is headed out as far as Wanyama, whose shot is blocked by Diame. Lallana then wins another corner. Before it can be taken, Rat is on for Demel. This one clears everyone and ends with a crunching 50-50 involving Diame and Wanyama. Southampton win a throw.
60: Nolan and Diame battle hard to win a throw off Shaw. Unfortunately, when Diame crosses left-footed, the ball curls through the penalty area and out for a goal kick. Razvan Rat will be on shortly.
55: West Ham are struggling to put together much at present, but the game is still level. As I type, Demel releases Diame wide right, but instead of crossing first-time to the three white shirts running into the box, he tries to cut inside and loses his footing. That's frustrating. Moments later, West Ham build again through Morrison's neat footwork, but the attack flounders when Nolan is caught offside on the edge of the penalty area.
52: West Ham are living on the edge here as Lallana gets goalside of Demel and latches onto Osvaldo's pass. He is clean through, but the Southampton captain's touch lets him down and Jaaskelainen slides out across the wet turf, feet-first, and wins the challenge. The ball hits Lallana's legs and loops away for a goal kick.
49: From the resulting Lallana corner, Lambert loses his marker and thumps a header against the face of the post. The ball comes back into play inside the penalty area and the follow-up effort is charged down by Collins. Calls for a handball and penalty are ignored and West Ham escape!
48: Noble's free-kick from the left causes a bit of confusion in the host's penalty area but the Hammers can't quite get their shot away. At the other end Wanyama stings the hands of Jaaskelainen, who pushes his 25-yard shot over for a corner.
47: Chances for both sides in the final minute of the half. First, Nolan finds Maiga inside the box from O'Brien's low cross, but the Malian can only slice wide. In truth, he was slightly off-balance. Southampton then attack, but Clyne's cross is headed over the crossbar by Lallana. That's half-time.
46: As the two added minutes begin, Collins escapes a massive mistake on halfway as he loses the ball. Thankfully, Reid is in the right place to get him out of trouble as three Southampton players threaten to go clear.
43: Collins is out quickly when Wanyama threatens to get into the box but he cannot prevent the corner. However, the big No19 is there again to head clear. Moments later, he wins another important ball in the air.
40: Demel nips in at speed to win the ball on the far touchline. He crosses on the run and the ball slides off the head of Lovren to Nolan. He tries a first-time shot, but it nearly turns into a cross for Maiga. Southampton clear as far as Morrison 30 yards out, who takes a touch and curls narrowly high and wide of the top left-hand corner.
38: The wind is whistling around the stadium, the rain is coming down and the tackles are flying in. This is a proper football match. Love it! West Ham win a free-kick inside the Southampton half, Noble clips it in and Maiga wins the header, but it drops to a Southampton boot. The Saints clear.
36: Demel fouls Lambert as he runs away from goal on the far side. It's a needless free-kick and a dangerous one at that. Lallana... Rodriguez wins it and the ball loops over the crossbar. Goal kick, but the ex-Burnley striker thinks he should have had a corner. It's all going on in the rain down here in Southampton!
34: Controversy as Schneiderlin ploughs into Diame. Play goes on and Mr Marriner gives nothing. When Collins ushers the ball forward out for a goal kick, a few West Ham players are not happy and remonstrate with the referee. Replays show that was not a very good tackle at all. He missed the ball completely and caught Diame flush on the ankle. Had the referee seen that, I think he may have taken some action against the Frenchman. Diame has some treatment and is back on a minute or so later, but he is not moving freely.
31: The home fans are cheering now as Jarvis is flagged offside as he latches onto Nolan's through-ball. Play continues anyway and Boruc makes a flying save ot deny the winger. The ball comes out to Nolan, who finishes with aplomb from 30 yards into the empty net. Unfortunately, it's not a goal, even though some of the travelling fans haven't seen the flag and start to celebrate. Replays show Jarvis was probably JUST offside.
30: Lallana takes a Southampton corner conceded by the shins of O'Brien but the ball curves out of play. Goal kick. The Southampton fans boo and whistle.
29: Not Diame's finest hour. First he gives the ball away to end a promising attack, then trips Lallana and is booked seconds later.
27: Maiga gets a hand in the face from Lovren as the pair battle for Demel's throw-in inside the Southampton penalty area. Maiga goes down but I'm not sure there was much in that. Mr Marriner stops the game, but Maiga is soon able to continue.
24: Jarvis tries to run Clyne, but the right-back is a speedster too. Clyne slides in to block the cross and concede the corner, which is cleared. Reid is back on the halfway line and tries to feed a high ball back out to corner-taker Jarvis, but it bounces high over the winger's head and out for a throw.
23: Suddenly, space opens up in front of Lallana. He tries to slide in Osvaldo, but Reid twists and makes a last-ditch interception. The ball drops to Lambert, whose first-time hit is towards the bottom corner, but Jaaskelainen makes a good save low to his right.
22: The hosts come forward down their right this time and it's a cross from Lallana towards Lambert at the far post - his favourite hunting ground. Demel stands firm, though, winning the header and then holding off the No7 before clearing upfield.
20: Demel gets down the right and onto a pass from Diame. He feigns to go inside, then takes on his man on the outside, but his cross flies over the penalty area and out for a throw in front of us. West Ham win the ball back quickly through Jarvis. Nolan finds Diame and he has a go from 35 yards. Boruc is interested for a while, but the ball swerves a fair way off-target. He caught it well, though.
18: To be fair to the Saints fans, they are making plenty of noise. It's refreshing. Two sets of supporters getting involved in the game. On the pitch, both teams are taking turns to probe.
15: I can remember from our visit in April that Southampton's fans like to make their point. We've had jeering when West Ham tackle, jeering when West Ham pass the ball over five yards and now booing when West Ham have won a goal kick. We're also getting a shout of 'Hoof!' every time we pass the ball over any distance.
13: Southampton have settled down now and are having a spell of possession. West Ham need to keep their shape and discipline.
11: As if to prove my point, Southampton attack down the left, Rodriguez beats Demel on the outside and cuts back for Osvaldo. The Italian has to score as he is unmarked eleven yards out, but Jaaskelainen makes and outstanding sprawling save to divert the ball over the crossbar. The corner comes to nothing as Diame is fouled while heading clear. What a save by the flying Finn!
9: Jarvis has another good position to cross and gets it wrong with his left foot, rather slicing his delivery and Boruc catches under his own crossbar. West Ham need to score while they are controlling the game. They've already had more chances than they did in 90 minutes against Stoke.
8: The corner from Jarvis is a good one and has Boruc flapping. West Ham keep the ball alive on the far side and Maiga and Collins are involved before the latter finds Jarvis again. This time, his cross for Maiga is overhit and the ball curls away behind for a goal kick.
7: West Ham are really playing well here. Southampton cannot get out of their half. First, Diame twists and turns before beating Shaw and stinging Boruc's palms with a shot from ten yards. The ball spins out to Noble, whose cross towards Nolan at the far post is headed behind for a corner.
5: West Ham have Diame playing wide right of the front three in a new tactical move. Morrison is in the centre of midfield. Big responsibility on the youngster on his full league debut. The Hammers are pressing high and snapping away at their hosts. It's good so far.
4: West Ham win a free-kick on halfway. Collins lifts it into the box and the ball flies off a head to the far touchline. Reid puts pressure on, but the ball is played out. Noble wins it back, then fouls Shaw when his touch gets away from him. Lively stuff on the wet playing surface.
2: Southampton have the first chance as Osvaldo is fouled wide left. Lallana will deliver. Collins heads clear and West Ham can counter as Wanyama slips as he tries a shot. Unfortunately, Diame cannot pick out the unmarked Morrison as the full debutant streaks through the middle. Morrison wins a throw on the far side, but that could have been so much more for the No15.
1: A bitty opening sees West Ham win a throw off Clyne but then give away a free-kick as Jarvis fouls the Saints' right-back.
4pm - Right on time, we're off and running as Lallana kicks-off. The Hammers fans are making a proper din away to my right. They are unrivalled.
3.59pm - Southampton to kick-off...
3.57pm - Ever wondered what it's like to walk out of the tunnel for a Barclays Premier League game? Pop over to our Twitter page now and watch an amazing Vine video of the two teams gathering and entering the arena here at St Mary's.
3.55pm - Here they come! West Ham are in their change strip of white shirts and sky blue shorts and socks. Southampton are in red and white, as you might have guessed. The atmosphere here is top-class. The Claret and Blue Army is making most of the noise, as you might have guessed!
3.53pm - Good news from up in Buckinghamshire, where West Ham United Ladies are currently 5-2 up in their FA Women's Premier League clash with Chesham United. There are just a few minutes remaining in that one. Meanwhile, my little TV screen here tells me the two teams are now in the tunnel and referee Andre Marriner will lead them out in a few moments...
3.50pm - If you click on the Twitter link above, you can see a variety of Vine short videos from St Mary's, which will not only give you some behind-the-scenes access, but also show you how bad the conditions are! The rain is sweeping across the stadium as both sets of players make their way back into the dressing room. There are nearly 3,000 Hammers fans here, which is some going for a Sunday afternoon game that is being broadcast live on Sky Sports. Amazing support as always. Earlier, when we tweeted asking for messages from fans all over the world, we were inundated with tweets from at least 40 different countries. West Ham are being followed over land and sea, everywhere!
3.35pm - The rain is absolutely belting down on the south coast. In fact, it's like groundhog day from our visit to St Mary's in April, when it also rained all game! The two squads are out warming-up on what is rapidly becoming a very slick and skiddy playing surface. The ball will certainly zip around, which is sure to benefit full debutant Ravel Morrison, who has an excellent range of passing and can let fly from long-range. Can the young man continue his outstanding start to 2013/14 here at St Mary's? Share your thoughts with us on this and any other Hammers-related subject on social media!
3.15pm - Today's team news has been confirmed and Ravel Morrison does indeed make his maiden Barclays Premier League start, replacing the injured Stewart Downing. That's the only change from Big Sam, who names youngster Elliot Lee among his substitutes again. Lee has been in superb goalscoring form for the Development Squad this term. The team news in full is as follows:
West Ham United: Jaaskelainen, Demel (Rat 61), O'Brien, Collins, Reid, Noble, Nolan (c), Diame, Morrison, Jarvis, Maiga (Vaz Te 68)
Subs: Adrian, Tomkins, Collison, Taylor, Lee
Southampton: Boruc, Clyne, Fonte, Lovren, Shaw, Wanyama, Schneiderlin, Lallana (c), Rodriguez, Osvaldo, Lambert
Subs: K.Davis, S.Davis, Ramírez, Ward-Prowse, Guly, Chambers, Hooiveld
2.48pm - We'll have the team news for you in just under 15 minutes. Who will Big Sam turn to in the absence of the injured Downing, Cole and Carroll? Will Modibo Maiga lead the line again? Will Ravel Morrison be handed his first Barclays Premier League start? Will Jack Collison or Matt Taylor force their way into the side? Share your thoughts on who you think Big Sam will start on Twitter using the hashtag #WHULINEUP and you could win a signed prize!
2.35pm - West Ham have arrived at St Mary's and so has the rain. The Hammers travelling party today includes Leo Chambers, Elliot Lee and Dylan Tombides. However, with 20 players having arrived at St Mary's, two are likely to miss out. You can guess Big Sam's starting XI in today's Twitter competition, using hashtag #WHULINEUP. If you guess correctly, you could win a signed piece of Hammers memorabilia! Today's second Twitter competition is #WHUGOAL. Simply guess the identity of West Ham's first goalscorer today and you could also win a signed piece of memorabilia!
2.20pm - Today's game is live on Sky Sports in the UK and is being broadcast by the Barclays Premier League's official partners across the world. All that means that the Press Room here at St Mary's is full to bursting. Among the big hitters here this afternoon are Sky Sports' Jonathan Pearce, the BBC radio commentator Alan Green, ex-professionals Paul Walsh and Bradley Allen and our own favourite Hammers-supporting radio presenter Ian 'Moose' Abrahams. All will be watching to see if England's latest centre forward, Rickie Lambert, can continue his outstanding run of recent form by scoring the 200th league goal of his long and successful career. Lambert is currently sat on 198, with 94 of them coming over the last four-and-a-but seasons with Southampton.
Good afternoon and welcome to St Mary's Stadium for today's Barclays Premier League fixture between Southampton and West Ham United.
We will have the team news confirmed for you at just after 3pm. Don't forget, you can follow today's proceedings from St Mary's on our official Facebook and Twitter sites, which can be accessed by clicking on the links above! We'll have competitions and exclusive photographs, interviews, video and match reaction throughout the day.
After a sunny early morning in London, the sky has turned grey and the weather forecast suggests we could be in for heavy rain and strong winds by the time kick-off arrives at 4pm. So, summer is officially over and the football season can properly get underway!
Both the Saints and the Hammers are seeking to bounce back from 1-0 defeats last time out at the hands of Norwich City and Stoke City respectively. Sam Allardyce will certainly be demanding an improved performance from his squad following their first home loss since February a fortnight ago.
Big Sam will have to make do without a number of injured players this afternoon, with Andy Carroll (plantar fasciatis), Joe Cole (hamstring), Stewart Downing (dead leg) and George McCartney (knee) all absent. New signing Mladen Petric, the Croatia international striker, is not yet match-fit following his arrival in midweek.
Both sides recorded draws in their respective opening home and away fixtures - Southampton were held 1-1 by Sunderland, while West Ham held Newcastle United to a goalless stalemate at St James' Park.
West Ham will need to do something they have never done before if they are to secure three points today - win at St Mary's. The Hammers have not won in Southampton since recording a 4-2 victory at The Dell in November 2000. On that occasion, Frederic Kanoute, Stuart Pearce and Trevor Sinclair scored the goals for the visitors.
Southampton are the only team West Ham have faced in all three seasons of Big Sam's reign. In his first season in charge, the 2011/12 Championship campaign, Dutch centre-back Jos Hooiveld settled matters with the only goal of the game at St Mary's before scoring again in the return fixture at the Boleyn Ground, which ended 1-1 through Mark Noble's penalty.
Last season, West Ham thrashed the Saints 4-1 at home, with Noble scoring twice from set pieces and Kevin Nolan and Modibo Maiga also finding the target. Adam Lallana replied for Southampton. When the Hammers visited St Mary's on a rain-soaked afternoon in April this year, Gaston Ramirez fired Southampton in front before Carroll drilled in a deflected equaliser to make the final score 1-1.
West Ham and Southampton have met 22 times in the Premier League. The Hammers have won nine meetings, Southampton have come out on top in six and seven ended all square.
Tickets are available today at St Mary's from 1pm from Ticket Office 3, which is located between turnstiles L and M.