Saints vs WHU
90 in 90: Saints 0-1 West Ham
The key moments as Saints fell short by a solitary goal.
Video: Hasenhüttl rues missed chances
Manager reflects on first home defeat in three.
Video: McCarthy reflects on defeat
The Saints goalkeeper's full-time thoughts.
McCarthy: A frustrating evening
Saints stopper reflects on West Ham defeat.
Gallery: Saints 0-1 West Ham
All the key moments in photos from St Mary's.
Saints beaten by solitary first-half strike
Haller pounces as West Ham take maximum points
Tickets for West Ham available
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West Ham hospitality update
Guests are reminded that hospitality will be open earlier ahead of tomorrow's game.
Gallery: Staplewood showers
Saints get to work in the rain at Staplewood Campus ahead of West Ham clash.
Matchday Information: Saints vs West Ham
Find out what's happening around St Mary's for Saturday's game!
Video: Hasenhüttl targeting third straight home win
The boss wants to continue St Mary's improvement.
Hasenhüttl: We are in better shape
Manager feels Saints' identity is on the way back.
Press Conference (part two): Hasenhüttl looks to West Ham
The second part of Ralph Hasenhüttl's pre-West Ham media address.
SAINTS: Ward-Prowse stars in Christmas special
Find out what's inside Saturday's matchday programme.
Press conference round-up: West Ham
Thursday's press conference summary.
Hasenhüttl hopeful of Armstrong and Boufal
Forward pairing likely to be options for weekend meeting with West Ham.
Press Conference (part one): Hasenhüttl previews West Ham
The manager has his say on Southampton's latest opponents.
Tactical Watch: Danny Ings
Sam Tighe assesses the red-hot striker's scoring streak.
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Saints vs WHU As It Happened
Key moments so far
- West Ham hold out for three points
- Antonio goal ruled out for hand ball by VAR
- Haller opens the scoring in the 37th minute
- Saints bidding for their third successive home win
Saints beaten by solitary first-half strike
Southampton came up short in pursuit of a third straight home win, as Sébastien Haller’s solitary first-half goal decided a tight game at St Mary’s. Our report.19.49
FULL-TIME: Saints 0-1 West Ham
Despite a much brighter second period, the visitors take all three points.
Martins goes down with cramp
Bizarre for a goalkeeper.
Throwing everything at it
The home side throwing everything at this but unable to make a breakthrough. Adams goes over in the box, nothing given. He had a presentable chance moments earlier but the ball wouldn't drop for him inside the area.
In a very similar position to the one against Watford not long ago. Unfortunately no where near as much pace or whip on the ball and Martin collects.
Can this man make a difference? 🤞
Saints have now made all their available changes.
Højbjerg stabs wide
Lovely move from Saints on the edge of the West Ham box. Flowing, one touch passing, which results in a good chance for Højbjerg, but he can't control his effort on target.
The centre-half steps out of defence and ventures forwards, plays a lovely pass through to Højbjerg, who pulls the ball back for the defender. Lovely move, shot is way off target.
He's hit the crossbar, the post and the back of the net all in the last 10 minutes. Sadly, still no breakthrough.
That is a peach of a hit from Ings, which flies into the top corner. But the referee pulls the play back for an apparent foul from Djenepo on Fredericks. Bizarre.
AND NOW THE POST
Ingsy's shot smashes the inside of the post. He's starting to get in behind now. The flag was up for offside, but he looked to be in line, Interesting if VAR would have intervened, had he scored.
What a strike from Danny Ings on the swivel, but it rattles the crossbar and Long hits the side netting from the follow up.
Nice one-two between Djenepo and Ings on the edge of the West Ham box but there were covering defenders. Saints enjoying plenty of the ball.
Did everything right, cutting inside his man and maneuvering space for the shot, but end product wasn't quite good enough.
Fine work from Ings
It's played into the channel for him to run on to, but he finds traffic. Ball recycled towards Long and then played into the box and headed behind. Resulting corner isn't up to much, but ball eventually falls to Djenepo, whose shot is a few yards over.
Antonio's pace and power is causing all sorts of problems at the back for Saints. He motors down the left and forces a corner off Bednarek. It's half cleared, before another wave of West Ham attack is finally thwarted by McCarthy.
Yellow Card for Ryan Fredericks (West Ham United)
For a late challenge on Djenepo.
A second goal for West Ham has been ruled out by VAR. Antonio, the scorer, was adjudged to have handled the ball in the build up. It remains 1-0.
VAR Decision: Goal not awarded for West Ham United [Michail Antonio] was confirmed
Goal ruled out for handball.
Longy is released down the left and does superbly to get to the ball, he rolls it back for Cédric who crosses first time, just as Prowsey is arriving. It's more of a glancing header, but the pace beats him.
Haller opens scoring
Scruffy goal for Saints to concede. Antonio does well down the left, crosses and it's kept alive by Fornals at the back post. Haller tucks the ball into the far corner on the half volley.
Second half gets under way
Saints straight under pressure. Fornals fires at McCarthy from the edge of the area and the Saints stopper does well to get a hand to it.
HALF-TIME: Saints 0-1 West Ham
The visitors take their lead into the break. Haller's goal is the difference, but Antonio is the player who has really set the two sides apart. All to play for second period.
Good play from the hosts, to work the ball to Cédric. The cross had plenty of whip on it, but Højbjerg threw his head too enthusiastically at it and it flies over.
Sébastien Haller (37’) | 0 – 1
Yellow Card for Pierre-Emile Højbjerg (Southampton)
Saints much better in possession during this phase of play. Prowsey getting on the ball centrally. But Højbjerg loses it, and then fouls his man.
Djenepo looking for Ings in the end, doesn't quite get the weight of pass right. Ings lunges to catch the ball before it runs out of play and can only scoop it into the hands of Martin.
Sloppy in possession
Saints have been wasteful on a few occasions. Passes from the back have gone astray, and deliveries into the area aren't quite accurate enough.
VAR checking a possible penalty...
There was a tangle in the box between Bertrand and Antonio, as well as Bednarek. It looked clumsy, but nothing in it. Check over and play continues.
Cédric effort wayward
Immediately up the opposition end, the Portuguese got right under the ball and fires it way over the bar. Ings had made a run, and was perhaps the better option.
The full-back is challenged by both Djenepo and Cédric and wins a free-kick in a dangerous position. Swung in by Snodgrass towards Noble who took it on the volley - didn't hit it cleanly.
No takers. He delivers to the back post, Cédric is arriving late but rather mistimes his kick. Djenepo attempts to keep the ball in play but fails to do so. Promising build up play from Saints.
The forward is still causing problems, down both flanks. He's popping up all over the pitch. This time he's halted by the referee's whistle, as he handles the ball going forward.
Ball hung up by Højbjerg from wide left, and the striker's leap allowed him to connect. The header lacked power, and so Martin claimed fairly comfortably. Longy looking dangerous in the air.
Usual corner routine, attacked by Stephens but it's too high. Worked back out wide to the midfielder who again crosses too deep. Redmond picks the ball up but delivery blocked.
Redmond relieves pressure
Saints had their backs against the wall for a few minutes there, but pressure has been relieved by the forward run of Redmond. He's won a throw, deep in the West Ham half, which is now a corner.
Fornals shot blocked
The visitors enjoying a good spell here. Antonio again looking dangerous, crosses towards the forward, whose shot is blocked by the sliding Cédric. Another corner, this time swung in from the right, is headed away by Stephens.
He's away down the left, skipping past Djenepo and then wins a corner off Cédric. It's cleared by Bednarek, Long gives chase down field but West Ham tidy up at the back.
Rice heads in
Declan Rice latches on a wide free-kick and heads past McCarthy, but the offside flag was raised. It was marginal, but the midfielder was half a yard off.
Prowsey gets us under way...
We're off here at St Mary's, on a big evening for both sides. A huge three points up for grabs.17.30
Formalities complete! 🤝
Handshakes done, we're ready for kick-off here at St Mary's...17.28
SAINTS! Christmas edition 🎄
It’s a Christmas special of SAINTS today as the matchday programme sports a festive feel for the visit of West Ham! Get yours around the ground, or click here to order.16.54
Starting XI: Martin (GK), Cresswell, Balbuena, Snodgrass, Noble (c), Fornals, Ogbonna, Haller, Fredericks, Antonio, Rice.
Subs: Jímenez, Zabaleta, Yarmolenko, Sánchez, Diop, Masuaku, Ajeti.16.48
Ralph Hasenhüttl goes with the same starting XI from last weekend's trip to Newcastle; both Stuart Armstrong and Jannik Vestergaard return as options on the bench. Sofiane Boufal misses out.16.45
Saints XI confirmed 😇
Starting XI: McCarthy (GK), Cédric, Stephens, Bednarek, Bertrand, Ward-Prowse, Højbjerg (c), Redmond, Djenepo, Ings, Long.
A peak inside the dressing room 👀
Saints have been unchanged for the previous few fixtures, would you stick or twist today against West Ham? 🤔15.17
Get clued up before kick-off! 🤓
Looking to record a third straight home win, Southampton host West Ham in the Premier League today. Get set for the showdown at St Mary's with our Match Pack, in association with eToro...15.04
U18s secure FA Youth Cup progression 😇
Have a watch of the highlights from Southampton Under-18s' midweek success over Bristol Rovers - the third goal is an absolute peach! 😍14.39
The manager's pre-match brief 🗣
We spoke to Ralph Hasenhüttl earlier in the week, to get his thoughts on today's opponents and how Southampton are shaping up for another BIG home clash.13.58
The team at the moment is in a better shape. everyone can feel this is more this team, more the football we want to play.ralph hasenhüttlsouthampton fc manager
St Mary's comes alive on a MATCHDAY and Southampton are bidding for their third successive home victory, after seeing off both Watford and Norwich City last week. Defeat to Newcastle United followed, but performance levels didn't dip, and Saints will feel as if they have plenty of momentum entering today's West Ham clash. The Hammers were beaten by Arsenal in their last outing, and need the points just as much as Ralph Hasenhüttl's side.13.41
Saints vs WHU Line Ups
Alex McCarthy (GK)
Cédric SoaresChe Adams (87′)
Nathan RedmondOriol Romeu (45′)
Pierre-Emile Højbjerg (C)
Shane LongStuart Armstrong (84′)
West Ham United
David Martin (GK)
Robert SnodgrassAndriy Yarmolenko (73′)
Mark Noble (C)Issa Diop (88′)
Sébastien HallerCarlos Sánchez (79′)
Saints vs WHU Match Stats
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