• Hammers go marching on

Hammers go marching on

West Ham United 3-1 Southampton
Barclays Premier League

West Ham United continued their climb away from the Barclays Premier League danger zone with a fourth straight win on Saturday.

Southampton were the latest victims, as they saw the early lead given to them by Maya Yoshida get wiped out by an excellent West Ham fightback.

Two goals in three minutes started the turnaround, as Carlton Cole quickly backed up Matt Jarvis' leveller, before the Hammers punished their visitors again in the second period.

Kevin Nolan's acrobatic effort 19 minutes from time set the seal on the three-point haul as the Hammers moved up into the top half of the table.

West Ham went into the contest having not conceded in four games, but their goal was breached within eight minutes as Maya Yoshida got up above George McCartney to nod Steven Davis' free kick home after James Tomkins felled Adam Lallana in the right channel.

Southampton's intention of holding on to possession was clear and they proceeded to see the majority of the ball in the opening stages as the Hammers took their time to get doing.

But with 20 minutes on the clock they drew level as Kevin Nolan clipped a ball over a static Saints backline for Jarvis to dart onto and poke through Artur Boruc's legs as the visiting keeper advanced from his goal.

The Saints wanted offside, but a flag from the assistant referee was not forthcoming and the lead had been erased.

Indeed, it would get worse for Southampton just three minutes later as the Hammers won a corner down the left and Stewart Downing's delivery picked out Carlton Cole, whose header thumped against the post but fell kindly for the No24 to smash home on the rebound.

The all-action nature of the game continued as the Saints went desperately close to a 32nd minute leveller when Rickie Lambert rose highest in the area and planted a header against the base of the left-hand post with Adrian beaten.

Southampton came again at the start of the second period, with Luke Shaw's pace down the left flank providing a useful outlet from full-back.

With 64 minutes played, his burst took him away from James Collins and he looked to to cut back for Adam Lallana, but the ball had just too much on it and the visitors' captain could not convert.

A minute later substitute Gaston Ramirez left Collins standing on the edge of the area before lifting the ball over the top.

Lallana then prodded wide after racing through the the Saints were left to count the cost of those missed opportunities when Nolan's seventh of the season - and his fifth in the last four games - stretched West Ham's advantage 19 minutes from the end.

Downing was the goal's architect, whipping over a cross from the right which Carlton Cole nodded back for Nolan to acrobatically hook home from close range.

Mohamed Diame struck the top of the crossbar with a long range blockbuster, but the Hammers' work was done as they withstood Southampton's late pressure to ensure their fine run would go on.

West Ham United: Adrian; Demel. Collins, Tomkins, McCartney; Nolan (Reid 73), Noble, Taylor; Jarvis (Diame 57), C.Cole, Downing
Subs: Jaaskelainen, Armero, Collison, J.Cole, Nocerino

Goals: Jarvis 20, C.Cole 23, Nolan 71

Southampton: Boruc; Chambers, Fonte, Yoshida, Shaw; Schneiderlin, Cork (Ramirez 63); S.Davis (Ward-Prowse 78), Lallana, Rodriguez; Lambert (Gallagher 78)
Subs: K.Davis, Clyne, Lovren, Guly

Goal: Yoshida 8

Booked: Lallana

Referee: Mark Clattenburg

Attendance: 33,148

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