WEST HAM UNITED v SOUTHAMPTON
BARCLAYS PREMIER LEAGUE
SATURDAY 22 FEBRUARY 2014
REFEREE: MARK CLATTENBURG
Final score - West Ham United 3-1 Southampton
93: Southampton have another corner. West Ham stick at it again. Diame clears the initial cross, then Cole is there to block the follow-up. Moments later, another interception and the final whistle is blown! West Ham make it four in a row for the first time since May 2007! Well, the clean record may have ended, but that's another fantastic win for the Hammers. Big Sam's side scored at exactly the right times, especially Nolan's third which put Southampton's comeback charge on the backburner. West Ham also recovered from a goal down to win for the first time in the league this season. Fantastic stuff. We're back up to tenth in the table ahead of next weekend's trip to Everton.
92: We will have three added minutes. Adrian keeps it at 3-1 from Ramirez's shot. The Spaniard saves with his knees. Tomkins reacts quickest to hack clear.
90: Rodriguez shoots from just inside the penalty area and Demel blocks. The ball loops over the top. Just! The corner is cleared behind for another one by a West Ham defender. Sorry, I didn't see which one. Finally, the corner is too deep and West Ham can clear with a goal kick.
89: Southampton have a very dangerous free-kick following a foul 22 yards out. Ramirez wants it, but he's not the only one. Ward-Prowse is there too. Ramirez wins the argument and curls his free-kick wide of the right-hand post. Some Southampton fans have seen enough and are heading for the exits.
88: Apologies. I should have said West Ham are now playing with a 5-3-2 formation.
87: Noble is voted Man of the Match. He responds by winning the ball from Lallana. The Southampton captain tugs his shorts and is booked.
86: Great stuff from Adrian as Rodriguez fires narrowly wide. Adrian had it covered and he gestures as such to the Southampton fans with a smile on his face! Goal kick.
84: Shaw takes a left-wing corner and Fonte wins it at the far post, but the ball loops onto the top of the net.
83: Gallagher collects a square pass about 30 yards out but the substitute's effort is dragged well wide for a goal kick.
80: Diame now messes about with the ball near his own byline. Lallana robs him and shoots low to the near post, where Adrian makes a smart save to push the ball away for a corner. Yoshida meets the delivery but Reid is there to block the ball over the top. The second corner is headed clear by Cole.
79: Diame hits the crossbar! He collects a pass from Taylor, cuts inside and sends a wicked dipping effort that has Boruc beaten but bounces off the top of the goalframe and behind.
78: Double change from Southampton as Ward-Prowse and Gallagher replace Davis and Lambert.
76: Lambert curls the free-kick around the wall. Adrian watches it closely and shows great hands to catch as he falls forward at the base of the left-hand post. Good save.
75: Southampton have a free-kick wide right conceded by Cole. Tomkins heads out and Noble is penalised as he tries to bring the ball away. I have no idea what for. If anything, he was fouled himself!
73: Nolan's race is run as he is replaced by Winston Reid. He hands the captain's armband to Noble before trotting off. Today's attendance is 33,148.
72: Reid will be on shortly. Meanwhile, Ramirez shoots from 30 yards, the ball takes a deflection and Adrian catches safely. Again, he gestures for his team-mates to stay calm.
71: GOAL! NOLAN! You wouldn't want that to fall to anyone else. Downing collects Noble's pass into space down the right and puts over a superb cross. Boruc doesn't know what to come or not, so he does neither. Cole challenges for the header with Fonte, the ball loops into the air and Nolan spins and volleys acrobatically home from six yards!
70: Reid has disappeared down the tunnel. He'll either be on soon or needs the toilet. Meanwhile, West Ham contrive to put Lallana through with a succession of loose clearances. Lallana rushes his shot and pokes the ball wide.
69: Southampton have a free-kick inside the West Ham half following Nolan's foul on Rodriguez. The Saints fans respond with a song to encourage their team forward again. Lallana crosses from the left and Lambert heads high over the top.
67: West Ham need some possession. At present, the game is being played in the West Ham half for the most part.
65: Fantastic chance for Ramirez, who nutmegs Collins and is in on goal. The South American has time and space, looks up and thumps a left-foot shot a yard too high. Adrian barks at his defenders to calm down.
65: Southampton captain Lallana win a corner off Tomkins. It comes to the near post, from where Cole flicks a header high across the face of goal.
64: Shaw is rapid. The left-back bursts down the flank and beats Collins to the ball before cutting back for Lallana, but it's just too strong for the No20 and the ball slides away to the far side.
63: Cork is replaced by Gaston Ramirez, who could line up against England for Uruguay at the World Cup this summer. Ramirez scored Southampton's goal in the 1-1 draw at St Mary's last season.
61: Maybe it was the lottery numbers... Noble slides in hard and fair on Cork to block the No18's clearance. The ball spins away and through to Boruc.
60: Clattenburg calls Noble over after another foul by the No16. He points around the pitch and warns Noble he is one infringement away from seeing yellow. At least, I think that's what he was doing. He might have been asking for Noble's lottery numbers...
59: Diame and Downing have now swapped. Diame is on the left now.
58: Taylor goes flying down the left past two challenges and crosses low to the near post, from where Fonte scrambles the ball behind. Downing takes the corner and Collins heads a few yards over from just beyond the far post.
57: It's goalscorer Jarvis who is the man to be replaced. He gets a few pats on the back from his team-mates and a good round from the crowd as he goes off. Diame is on and takes his place on the right wing.
56: Diame is being readied on the bench as Big Sam wants to change the flow of the game. Rodriguez is caught offside, he shoots and Adrian makes a flying save.
54: Noble collects from Jarvis and goes to ground as he goes past a Southampton player. Mr Clattenburg waves for play to continue. He has a quick word with Noble after Adrian had saved a low shot from Shaw, but no yellow card is shown.
53: Southampton have a corner now as Downing blocks the ball behind. The corner comes over from Davis and Fonte wins it. He wants a penalty for handball but instead Cole concedes another corner. West Ham deal with it.
51: Southampton have started well again, as they did the first half. West Ham do clear their lines and Jarvis tries to put pressure on Yoshida, but the Japanese heads clear and Jarvis fouls Shaw.
50: It's all been a bit frantic at the back for the Hammers in the last 30 seconds or so. Southampton press forward and Collins and Tomkins are forced into hurried clearances before Chambers fires a shot high and wide.
48: The Southampton fans have a little bit of a complex about West Ham's style of play. The West Ham fans respond in kind with an ironic chant of 'Hoooof'. All very entertaining.
46: We're off...
The two teams are back out on the pitch. West Ham will kick-off. No changes from either manager at the break.
Half-time score - West Ham United 2-1 Southampton
Alan Taylor is introduced to the crowd and he talks the fans through his two 1975 FA Cup final goals as the footage is showed on the big screens. Great stuff and a lovely reception for the two-goal hero. He is followed onto the pitchside by EastEnders star Perry 'Billy Mitchell' Fenwick, who is interviewed.
48: Two seconds over, that's half-time. It's been a breathless 45 minutes-plus. Southampton went ahead early on through Yoshida's simple header, but the Hammers roared back with two in three minutes from Jarvis and Cole. Chances continued to be created at both ends, with Lambert hitting the woodwork with a header. West Ham lead, but this one is far from over.
47: Cole is fouled. The free-kick is taken quickly and Downing delivers from the left. Nolan flicks the header on, but it's well wide.
45: Now West Ham have a corner as Downing crosses and the ball hits Cork and spins behind. Downing's corner is cleared. Noble loses out and Southampton try to counter, but Noble races back, slides in and wins the ball back for McCartney. Great work-rate. Two added minutes will be played.
44: Corner for Southampton conceded by Demel. It's cleared at the near post but Southampton come again with Lallana. He beats his man, but Noble blocks his cross behind. It's a training ground routine worked inside to Shaw, but the left-back's volley flies high and wide. He leaned back as he hit that one, so it never had a chance of threatening Adrian's goal.
41: Chambers crosses from the right byline, but the ball bounces into the grateful arms of Adrian. He falls to the turf to take the sting out of the game. Good decision by the No13.
40: Lallana pops up on the left this time. He crosses, but it's too high and floats away for a goal kick. It's such an open game.
37: Noble gives the ball away on the edge of the Southampton box and the visitors counter. It's down the left and Rodriguez. He clips a square cross that Lambert flicks on with his head to Davis. He shoots, but Taylor blocks 20 yards out. Saints pressing and probing. West Ham staying organised and strong defensively.
32: What did I say! A cross from Chambers is won by Lambert, whose downward header bounces off the far post! Demel hacks high rather than away. Rodriguez collects inside the box with his back to goal before swivelling and firing high over the top.
28: Downing is fouled by Chambers this time. Clattenburg allows play to go on for a few seconds, then blows for the foul. Downing's free-kick from deep is another good one. Tomkins and Cole are battling but Southampton clear their lines three times, the final time from Demel's deflected cross. West Ham are really putting the Saints on the back foot, but you feel there could be more goals in this one at either end, such is the visitors' flair and movement in forward areas.
24: Downing wins another corner off Chambers. It's another cracker from the No23. Collins wins the header at the far post, but nobody can force it home. West Ham maintain the pressure, and the ball. Eventually, Jarvis's cross is header out, Taylor finds Collins and the defender tests Boruc with a curler from 25 yards. The Pole dives to his left and makes the catch.
23: GOAL! WEST HAM LEAD! COLE! Downing's corner is won at the near post by Cole, whose header thumps off the post. Demel battles and the ball drops for Cole to lash home with his left foot from eight yards! What a turnaround!
22: That's just what the Hammers needed. Downing takes on Chambers from Nolan's flick and wins a corner off the right-back. Replays show Jarvis MIGHT have been offside. Pardon me for not caring.
20: GOAL! JARVIS! The winger springs the offside trap, controls Nolan's lofted through ball superbly and pokes the ball under the advancing Boruc. Seconds earlier, Taylor had nipped in quickly to win the ball in midfield. Great stuff. Jarvis's control was superb and he showed real bravery to score as the huge figure of Boruc bore down on him. That's Jarvis's first league goal of the season.
19: A couple of times, West Ham have passed straight to Southampton under no pressure. I am not joking, but I do think the kit colours are a little similar. Both shirts are dark and have flashes of white around the collar, while both teams are in white shorts.
17: Southampton press so high, it puts pressure on West Ham's players as soon as they have possession. Cole wins the ball forward but Taylor gives it away. Southampton attack and Lallana has space, but he drives a shot a few yards over the top.
15: A Southampton pass hits Clattenburg and the ball drops for Taylor. Nolan finds Downing, who wins a throw. It comes to nothing.
12: Lallana tries another diagonal towards Rodriguez, who gets above Demel but can only glance the header well wide.
10: Decent response from the home side as Downing and Jarvis combine on the left before Fonte heads behind. The initial corner is cleared to Collins, who finds a team-mate in space. He feeds Demel, whose low cross is cleared as far as Nolan, but his poked effort is too close to Boruc, who claims.
8: GOAL! Well, you don't get any simpler than that. Davis clips the free-kick over and Yoshida heads into the far top corner. No chance for Adrian.
8: Chance for Southampton to get quality into the box as Tomkins slides in on Lallana. The defender reckons he got the ball or didn't touch Lallana. Anyway, it's a free-kick.
7: Two crossing chances in quick succession come to nothing. First, Jarvis and Demel combine but the No7's cross from the right is too high and Southampton clear for a throw. Downing then runs Chambers on the outside, but his low left-foot effort is hacked away at the near post. To Downing's credit, he races 30 yards to close down the Saints player.
5: Southampton still passing patiently. They must have had 80 per cent of the ball so far. West Ham will need to stick to their gameplan. It's not often the Hammers control possession, but that approach hasn't harmed them at all in recent weeks. Demel chases the ball down the right but left-back Shaw is there and Demel can only poke the ball out for a goal kick.
4: The Southampton fans are making all the noise away to my left. They've had a fantastic few seasons, so no wonder they are in good spirits. Their team have made a bright start here, too.
2: An early chance for the visitors as Lallana clips a superb diagonal pass over Demel for Rodriguez. The England man controls, but Demel is in quickly and nicks the ball away before holding off the No9 and bringing the ball clear. That's a warning.
3pm - Southampton kick-off... The Saints are kicking towards the Bobby Moore Stand end.
2.58pm - A minute's silence is held in memory of Sir Tom Finney, the former England and Preston forward who passed away on 14 February, aged 91. As you would expect, it is very well supported by the fans of both sides.
2.55pm - Here they come, led by captains Nolan and Lallana and referee Mr Clattenburg. The sun is shining. Spring has sprung, it appears! The atmosphere inside the Boleyn is decent, as you would expect after recent results.
2.53pm - We're being treated the new pre-match video on the big screens, running through great moments in Hammers history. Can Adrian and his team-mates create another one today? A fifth straight clean sheet and a fourth straight win would be some going. Anyway, Bubbles is playing and the players will be with us very shortly...
2.50pm - Jonjo, of course, is raising money in memory of his grandmother and the late Bobby Moore, who passed away from bowel cancer. Now, we're being treated to a montage of Bobby's greatest moments on the big screens.
2.45pm - Jonjo Heuerman has arrived! He's completed his 50-mile dribbleathon from Southend to the Boleyn Ground. Not a bad way to spend his half-term holiday! Jonjo gets a great round of applause as he dribbles the ball out to the centre circle. He has now raised more then £150,000 for the Bobby Moore Fund for Cancer Research UK. Good lad. We'll have coverage of Jonjo's walk - and a ceremony to unveil the road name plaque for the new Bobby Moore Way in Barking this morning - on West Ham TV and whufc.com soon.
2.40pm - Kick-off here is about 20 minutes away and both teams are going through their final preparations. West Ham's attackers are doing some shooting practice, as are Southampton's. The defenders are working on their long passing and heading. I am informed that, should Adrian keep Southampton out for the opening 58 minutes, he will break Wojciech Szczesny's 2013/14 season record for the longest period without conceding. If he does so, that will be six hours and 58 minutes without conceding - some going!
2.20pm - You can now download the official teamsheet by clicking on the link above.
2.05pm - The team news is in! West Ham are unchanged for the third game in succession. The only change is on the bench, where the injured Marco Borriello is replaced by Joe Cole.
West Ham United: Adrian, Demel, Tomkins, Collins, McCartney, Nolan (c), Noble, Taylor, Downing, C.Cole, Jarvis
Subs: Jaaskelainen, Reid, Armero, Collison, Diame, J.Cole, Nocerino
Southampton: Boruc, Chambers, Fonte, Yoshida, Shaw, Cork, Schneiderlin, S. Davis, Lallana (c), Rodriguez, Lambert
Subs: K.Davis, Clyne, Lovren, Ramírez, Ward-Prowse, Guly, Gallagher
1.40pm - We will have the team news confirmed for you in just over 20 minutes. In the meantime, James Tomkins has been speaking to Premier League Productions on his arrival at the Boleyn Ground.
"We're feeling confident going into today's game after a run of games with good results, so we're looking to put Southampton under a bit of pressure today and carry on where we left off," said the No5, who has helped West Ham keep clean sheets in their previous four league matches.
"It's still really tight down there so we just need to carry on and not relax. A couple of bad results could put us back down there again, so Southampton is a massive game - just as massive as the ones we've had recently. They're a good team, so it's going to be a good test for us.
"We're massively proud of our recent run of clean sheets, but it's not just the back four and the goalkeeper who take credit for it - it's the whole team. If we can carry on that run today with another clean sheet, we are likely to nick a goal and win the game. We want to continue the run all the way to the end of the season.
"Southampton is a good test for us to see how far we have come. They have got good attacking players and a good manager, but we're looking to get a good result and continue our unbeaten run."
Good afternoon and welcome to the Boleyn Ground for today's Barclays Premier League fixture between West Ham United and Southampton.
The Hammers are seeking to make a little history this afternoon. A clean sheet would be their fifth in a row, equalling a top-flight record set by the Boys of '86 back in November/December 1985. Adrian is eager to emulate Phil Parkes, but the Spaniard will face a tough task against a Southampton team who have not lost in six league matches.
That said, Sam Allardyce's hosts have won their previous three league games and will make it four in succession for the first time since May 2007 if they can beat the Saints. West Ham have not lost in three meetings with Southampton since the pair returned to the Barclays Premier League in 2012, and won the corresponding fixture last season 4-1.
Team news-wise, West Ham are without the injured Joey O'Brien (shoulder) and Ricardo Vaz Te (hamstring) and the suspended Andy Carroll, who completes the final game of his three-match suspension following his red card against Swansea City on 1 February.
For Southampton, defender Jos Hooiveld misses the match with an eye injury, while Dejan Lovren and Gaston Ramirez may return to the squad after they both suffered ankle injuries in their league fixture with Sunderland on 18 January.
Before today's game, we will be having a period of applause for the late Preston North End and England forward Sir Tom Finney, who passed away at the age of 91 on Valentine's Day. Sir Tom was Preston President when Big Sam played, coached and managed at Deepdale in the 1990s.
Also before kick-off, champion fundraiser Jonjo Heuerman will complete his 50-mile Boot it for Bobby dribble challenge from Southend to the Boleyn Ground. The 12-year-old is raising yet more money for the Bobby Moore Fund for Cancer Research UK. To find out more, click here.
We will have the confirmed team news for you at just after 2pm. In the meantime, our matchday twitter competitions #WHULINEUP and #WHUGOAL are up and running now. You could win a signed prize!
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