West Ham vs Southampton was a thriller at the London Stadium on Boxing Day as Ralph Hasenhuttl saw his Saints side stun David Moyes’ Hammers.
Southampton took the supereminent three times through Mohamed Elyounoussi, James Ward-Prowse and Jan Bednarek, as West Ham battled back beforehand in the alternate half through cover Michail Antonio and Said Benrahma, but it was n’t enough to end their poor run of form.
A topsy-turvy clash saw both brigades go each- out for the palm, as Saints edged a five- thing suspenser to secure their first palm in seven games and move on to 20 points for the season.
West Ham have now won just one of their last seven PL games and sit on 28 points.
West Ham vs Southampton final score, stats
West Ham 2-3 Southampton
Goals scored: Elyounoussi 8′, Antonio 49′, Ward-Prowse 61′, Benrahma 64′, Bednarek 70′
Shots: West Ham 11, Southampton 11
Shots on target: West Ham 5, Southampton 6
Possession: West Ham 56, Southampton 44
Three effects we learned from West Ham vs Southampton
1. Set pieces save Saints They dominated the first half but only had a 1-0 lead, also they looked shaky in the alternate, but ever set pieces dug them out of a hole to win it. Southampton have to take chances when they're on top but their set pieces were the key at West Ham. Ward-Prowse with a fine penalty and superb free kick to set up Bednarek made a huge difference and Southampton’s commander and set- piece expert will have a huge part to play in pushing them up the table. Now he has shaken off some injury issues and rust, JWP looks back to his stylish.
2. West Ham miss Zouma, Ogbonna This game added up how important West Ham are missing Kurt Zouma and Angelo Ogbonna. The brace were their first- choice center tails as they surged into a top four spot beforehand in the season but both went down with injuries in recent weeks. Zouma is due back in January, while Ogbonna is likely out for the season. Their stage- sways, Craig Dawson and Issa Diop, were dragged each over the place and did n’t look comfortable. West Ham have still had a fine season but they're conceding too numerous pretensions and have let in 24 in their opening 18games.However, or indeed finish in the top six, that has to ameliorate, If they want to push for a top four finish.
3. Boxing Day chaos This was a classic Boxing Day hassle. Both brigades went for it and put on a show rather than keeping it tight. That led to a great spectacle and both West Ham and Southampton are delightful to watch week in, week out for the neutral.
Man of the Match Mohammed Salisu – Won so numerous challenges and had a great alternate partial battle with Antonio.
Saints score beforehand formerly again
After a bright launch for Southampton, they took a justified lead.
The ball plant its way to Elyounoussi on the edge of the box after Kyle Walker-Peters surged forward to set up the chance.
Elyounoussi also took a great first touch and finished low with a fine strike to put the down side ahead.
Nathan Redmond also whipped in a cross which Armando Broja and Theo Walcott could n’t get on the end of. West Ham eventually woke up as Jarrod Bowen got on the ball more and started to whip in dangerous crosses.
Before half time Elyounoussi was free in the box but his shot was straight at Fabianski. Jan Bednarek also gave the ball down needlessly and Fraser Forster did well to save Nikola Vlasic’s low shot.
Antonio makes his mark
Moments after coming on at half time Antonio evened.
He and Manuel Lanzini upped the tempo for the Hammers, and Antonio jounced home Craig Dawson’s title from a corner to make it 1-1.
Declan Rice flashed a shot wide soon after as West Ham were well on top title into the final third of the game.
Broja was also hauled down by Craig Dawson when he was clean through on thing, and VAR was used as Kevin Friend awarded a penalty kick for Dawson’s alternate foul on Broja.
Wild 10 nanosecond spell
Ward-Prowse slammed home the spot kick to make it 2-1 to Saints but twinkles late it was position again.
Bowen was set free down the right and crossed for Benrahma who got ahead of Bednarek to finish and make it 2-2.
Moments latterly it was 3-2 to Southampton, as a Ward-Prowse free kick from the left took out the entire West Ham defense and Bednarek darted home to put Saints ahead for the third time in the game.
Late on West Ham threw everything at Southampton, but the callers held on for a huge palm.