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Saints held by the Hammers

premier-league St Mary's Stadium | Tue 29 Dec 6PM | Attendance: 0
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Saints vs WHU
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Saints vs WHU As It Happened

Key moments so far

  • Southampton and West Ham play out a goalless draw at St Mary's
  • Danny Ings has the ball in the net early on, but the goal is disallowed for offside
  • Alex McCarthy makes a crucial late save to deny substitute Saïd Benrahma from close range
  • Manager Ralph Hasenhüttl is absent from the touchline and manages the team remotely

we're a bit frustrated - the changing room is really disappointed. It's a well-earned point, we worked really hard, but we just couldn't create enough good chances to win the game."

jack stephens
southampton defender
20.23

FULL TIME: Southampton 0-0 West Ham 

It's all over at St Mary's and it's back-to-back stalemates for Saints in a game that neither team did enough to win. Saints had the ball in the net early on, but Danny Ings's goal was chalked off for offside, before Alex McCarthy rescued his team with a superb late save to deny Saïd Benrahma and preserve a point.

+1’

3️⃣ added minutes...

We're into stoppage time. 

86’

What a save from McCarthy!

That's a crucial stop from the keeper! Saints make a little bit of a mess of clearing their lines and Benrahma looks set to pounce, but McCarthy dives at his feet and makes a brilliant point-blank stop.

78’

Southampton substitution: Stuart Armstrong replaces Moussa Djenepo

Saints' second sub sees the Scot enter the fray.

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77’

West Ham United substitution: Michail Antonio replaces Sébastien Haller

Antonio comes on to make his return from injury.

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76’

Yellow Card for Kyle Walker-Peters (Southampton)

A foul on Haller earns the right-back a caution.

No way through ⛔️

We're into the final 15 minutes at St Mary's...

74’

West Ham United substitution: Jarrod Bowen replaces Andriy Yarmolenko

It's a straight swap for West Ham on the right wing.

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73’

Yellow Card for Moussa Djenepo (Southampton)

A trip from Djenepo leads to a booking for the winger.

72’

Fabianski saves from Walker-Peters

Saints are pushing, and Walcott threatens to open the scoring only to be brushed off the ball, which falls kindly for Walker-Peters, but it's not a clean connection on his left foot and Fabianski makes a routine save.

68’

Yellow Card for Andriy Yarmolenko (West Ham United)

The winger is the first player to go into the book this evening.

63’

Walcott denied by Fabianski

That's a much better effort from the winger, who tries his luck from 25 yards, but Fabianski smothers it with a smart save low to his right.

61’

Wild from Benrahma

The substitute is straight into the action, chesting the ball up for himself to volley, but it's nowhere near the target.

60’

West Ham United substitution: Saïd Benrahma replaces Manuel Lanzini

The Hammers respond with an attacking sub of their own.

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58’

Southampton substitution: Shane Long replaces Ché Adams

It's the first change of the night, as Long comes into the attack to partner Ings.

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58’

Saints applying pressure

It's been a really sustained spell of possession deep in the West Ham half, as Saints probe for an opening, and eventually the ball is cut back for Romeu who skies his shot.

54’

West Ham looking sharper

The visitors were passive in the first half, but seem to have woken up since the interval. Yarmolenko tries jinking inside on to his stronger left foot, but Romeu reads his intentions.

46’

The second half is under way

We're back up and running at St Mary's. Come on you Saints!

HALF-TIME: Southampton 0-0 West Ham

That's the end of a first half that won't live long in the memory. Saints have bossed the possession, but clear-cut chances have remained at a premium at both ends. Danny Ings did have the ball in the net on his return to the side, only for strike partner Ché Adams to be ruled offside in the act of providing the assist.

45’

1️⃣ added minute...

We're into first-half stoppage time.

45’

Free-kick in JWP territory...

That was a chance, by Ward-Prowse's standards, but the ball was very close to the edge of the penalty area, and the skipper sends his free-kick over the top.

43’

Fredericks threatens an opener

Finally a West Ham chance, and it's a good one. Fornals heads the ball back across goal for Fredericks, who is only four yards out, but there's no pace on the ball and he can't generate the power to beat McCarthy, who saves his header comfortably.

40’

Yellow Card for Ryan Bertrand (Southampton)

Yarmolenko tricks his way past Bertrand, who slides in and brings him down. West Ham have a free-kick in a crossing position, but Saints clear.

38’

Bertrand fires over

Ward-Prowse's corner is kept alive by Bednarek, who lays the ball back for Bertrand to strike, but it rises high into the stand behind the West Ham goal.

36’

Cheeky from Ings!

That's much better from Saints! Walcott crosses low from the right but it's slightly behind Ings, who improvises to backheel the ball goalwards, but Fabianski is alert to smother the danger.

33’

Not much to report here...

Just reassuring you the wi-fi is working, but there's not been too much action down on the pitch. Saints continue to control the possession, but need to move the ball a little bit quicker to break down West Ham's solid-looking backline.

No breakthrough yet...

Saints have certainly been the team in the ascendancy, but clear-cut chances have been at a premium so far. West Ham have been virtually non-existent as an attacking force.

17’

Saints still on top

It's been one-way traffic so far, as Saints force a couple of corners to add to their early possession, but goalkeeper Fabianksi has gone largely untroubled so far.

10’

Walcott shoots wide

This has been a really positive start from Saints. Walcott drives forward and tries his luck from 20 yards, but he drags a low shot wide of the target.

8’

Ings scores... but the flag is up 😤

It's another late flag that halts Adams in his tracks - this time after he runs in behind the West Ham defence and picks out Ings, who skips away from his man in the box and finishes with ease, but his strike partner definitely strayed offside.

3’

Adams flagged offside

A bright start from Saints, as Romeu drives into West Ham territory and feeds Adams, who shoots straight at Fabianski, but the flag was raised in any case.

0’

We're up and running!

West Ham have kicked off and the action is under way at St Mary's!

Confidence is HIGH 🙌

Thanks for voting in our pre-match polls, Saints fans! The majority of you feel confident that the boys will get back to winning ways tonight! Kick-off is just a couple of minutes away...

17.58

Getting WARM 🔥

We're counting down to kick-off, which is now just 20 minutes away! The players have been warming up out on the pitch...

17.40

Media duties for Richard! 🎙

In the absence of the boss, first team assistant coach Richard Kitzbichler speaks to the media ahead of kick-off at St Mary's!

17.32
VOTE NOW
POLL: You've seen the teams... how confident are you feeling?

POLL: You've seen the teams... how confident are you feeling?

The results so far:

  • CONFIDENT - back to winning ways ��
    64%
  • Hmm... draw ��
    20%
  • Not confident, it's West Ham ��
    16%
VOTE NOW
POLL: Who will be Saints' key man tonight?

POLL: Who will be Saints' key man tonight?

The results so far:

  • Kyle Walker-Peters
    12%
  • Oriol Romeu
    20%
  • James Ward-Prowse
    18%
  • Theo Walcott
    20%
  • Ché Adams
    12%
  • Danny Ings
    18%

INGS is IN!

He's back! After missing the Boxing Day draw at Fulham, Danny Ings is restored to the starting line-up as one of three Saints changes, as Oriol Romeu and Moussa Djenepo also return.

17.15

West Ham team confirmed

Starting XI: Fabianski, Fredericks, Ogbonna, Dawson, Cresswell. Rice, Soucek, Yarmolenko, Lanzini, Fornals, Haller.

Subs: Randolph, Diop, Coufal, Johnson, Noble, Snodgrass, Bowen, Benrahma, Antonio.

17.05

SAINTS TEAM CONFIRMED 😇

Starting XI: McCarthy, Walker-Peters, Bednarek, Stephens, Bertrand, Ward-Prowse, Romeu, Djenepo, Walcott, Adams, Ings.

Subs: Forster, Salisu, Valery, Vokins, Diallo, Smallbone, Armstrong, Obafemi, Long.

17.03

Tactical Watch 🧐

No Premier League team have scored more goals from set-pieces this season than West Ham. Here, Sam Tighe explains how Saints must combat the Hammers' aerial prowess.

16.28
VOTE NOW
POLL: Who would you like to see back in the starting line-up tonight?

POLL: Who would you like to see back in the starting line-up tonight?

The results so far:

  • Danny Ings 
    54%
  • Oriol Romeu
    44%
  • Nathan Redmond
    0%
  • Moussa Djenepo
    2%

Well remembered, Saints fans! 🤓

You have to go back more than three years for Saints' last win over West Ham, which was achieved in pretty dramatic fashion... well done all of you who remembered the winning goalscorer in our poll!

16.08

1️⃣ hour until team news!

Will this man be back on the teamsheet tonight? We'll have news of both starting line-ups at 5pm GMT!

16.03

Don't miss out on tonight's programme!

SAINTS is still available to buy online, including tonight's West Ham edition AND a half-season subscription that covers all of our 2021 Premier League fixtures! Find out more here.

15.46

🔜😇🆚⚒

Get up to speed on all the pre-match info ahead of our kick-off with our detailed Match Pack!

15.33

Hasenhüttl to manage game remotely

Ralph Hasenhüttl will not be in the dugout for this evening's game. A member of Ralph's household tested positive for COVID-19 yesterday, and in keeping with the club's usual protocols and government guidance, Ralph is currently self-isolating whilst we assess the situation further. Ralph will manage the game from home and remain in contact with the team and coaching staff via a video link.

15.04

One of McCarthy's best? 🤩

It was in December 2019 that Saints last hosted West Ham, on a night when Alex McCarthy pulled out this incredible save! 

14.35
Southampton FC

Festive focus: 💯 #saintsfc

14.31
VOTE NOW
POLL: Who scored the winner the last time Saints defeated West Ham?

POLL: Who scored the winner the last time Saints defeated West Ham?

The results so far:

  • Manolo Gabbiadini
    23%
  • Dušan Tadić
    6%
  • Graziano Pellè
    17%
  • Maya Yoshida
    6%
  • Charlie Austin
    49%
  • Nathan Redmond
    0%

we have never won against them (west ham) so far and never taken points, so we have to do it better than we have in the past. we have to be concentrated for this tough game, find the right players to choose and hopefully we can cause them some issues."

ralph hasenhüttl
southampton manager
14.27

One last time in 2020... ⏳

We're counting down to Southampton's last Premier League fixture of the year! Saints host West Ham United in a 6pm GMT kick-off at St Mary's. Stay with us for all the pre-match build-up, team news, in-game updates and free live commentary, as Ralph Hasenhüttl's men look to round off the year in style!

14.25

Saints vs WHU Line Ups

Southampton

1
Alex McCarthy (GK)
2
Kyle Walker-Peters yellow card
5
Jack Stephens
35
Jan Bednarek
3
Ryan Bertrand yellow card
32
Theo Walcott
8
James Ward-Prowse (C)
12
Moussa Djenepo yellow card
replace Stuart Armstrong (78′)
6
Oriol Romeu
9
Danny Ings
10
Che Adams
replace Shane Long (58′)
14
Michael Obafemi
29
Jake Vokins
20
William Smallbone
7
Shane Long
17
Stuart Armstrong
22
Mohammed Salisu
18
Yan Valery
27
Ibrahima Diallo
44
Fraser Forster

West Ham United

1
Lukasz Fabianski (GK)
24
Ryan Fredericks
3
Aaron Cresswell
15
Craig Dawson
21
Angelo Ogbonna
7
Andriy Yarmolenko yellow card
replace Jarrod Bowen (72′)
28
Tomas Soucek
10
Manuel Lanzini
replace Saïd Benrahma (60′)
18
Pablo Fornals
41
Declan Rice (C)
22
Sébastien Haller
replace Michail Antonio (77′)
11
Robert Snodgrass
16
Mark Noble
35
Darren Randolph
31
Ben Johnson
23
Issa Diop
20
Jarrod Bowen
5
Vladimir Coufal
9
Saïd Benrahma
30
Michail Antonio

Saints vs WHU Match Stats

Southampton

Head to Head Stats

West Ham United
  • Possession (%)
    63
    comparison angle
    37
  • Shots
    8
    comparison angle
    8
  • Shots on target
    3
    comparison angle
    3
  • Corners
    4
    comparison angle
    3
  • Passes Complete
    483
    comparison angle
    241

Top Saints Player Stats

shots on target
Shots On Target
1
Kyle Walker-Peters
Kyle Walker-Peters
chances created
Chances Created
3
Theo Walcott
Theo Walcott
passes completed
Passes Completed
88
Jack Stephens
Jack Stephens
tackles
Tackles
6
Moussa Djenepo
Moussa Djenepo
clearances
Clearances
5
Jack Stephens
Jack Stephens
saves
Saves
3
Alex McCarthy
Alex McCarthy