Saints take another point

By SFC Media time Sat 11 Sep Saints vs West Ham United
Photo by Isabelle Field
Sat 11 Sep 3PM
Premier League
Southampton
0
West Ham United
0
Romeu (13') Stephens (71') Salisu (90+2') (90+5')
yellow card
Antonio (71') Rice (73')
red card
Antonio (90+5')
Referee: David Coote | Venue: St Mary's Stadium | Attendance: 0

Southampton drew for a third Premier League match in succession, as they played out a 0-0 stalemate with West Ham United at St Mary’s.

In a game where chances proved hard to come by for both sides, neither was able to find the breakthrough and each had to settle for a share of the spoils, although substitute Armando Broja twice went close to winning it for the hosts late on when his shot from distance struck the post before seeing a header cleared off the line in added time.

For Saints, it meant a fourth game unbeaten across all competitions, while it also represented a first clean sheet of the season in the league, and, given the start made to the season by their opponents, who came into the fixture second in the table, Ralph Hasenhüttl will likely view it as a creditable result.

The Southampton manager made two changes from the side that had drawn 2-2 at Newcastle ahead of the international break, as Romain Perraud was restored at left-back and Nathan Redmond was handed a first Premier League start of the season, meaning Kyle Walker-Peters and Ché Adams dropped to the bench. They were joined there by new signing Lyanco, as the Brazilian defender made his debut in the matchday squad.

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Nathan Redmond was one of two changes for Southampton

Adam Armstrong led the line on his own, with Redmond wide right, Moussa Djenepo on the left and Mohamed Elyounoussi and James Ward-Prowse in advanced central positions, as Saints started in a 4-1-4-1 shape.

Redmond was architect of the game’s first opportunity, taking a pass from Tino Livramento on halfway and driving forward before sliding a pass towards the corner of the area for Armstrong. The striker reached it and sent a first-time effort towards goal, but Lukasz Fabianski was well-positioned to get down for a fairly comfortable save.

Other than that, it was a quiet start to the game, with a further ten minutes passing before West Ham had the next chance.

It came after Oriol Romeu was judged to have fouled Saïd Benrahma, sliding in from behind as he strode towards the area, with referee David Coote duly showing the Saints midfielder a yellow card. It presented a good opportunity for Aaron Cresswell from a few yards outside the box, but his free-kick went into the wall before he then smashed the rebound high and wide.

SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 11: Moussa Djenepo of Southampton during the Premier League match between Southampton  and  West Ham United at St Mary's Stadium on September 11, 2021 in Southampton, England. (Photo by Matt Watson/Southampton FC via Getty Images)
Moussa Djenepo was one of few from either side to go close in the first half

On 21 minutes, Djenepo threatened back at the other end, receiving a pass into the area from Elyounoussi, working the ball onto his right foot and sending a shot that was bending towards the far top corner, but only for its trajectory to see it clip the top of Craig Dawson’s head and fly behind for a corner that came to nothing.

Aside from a dangerous Perraud delivery that flashed across the six-yard box before being turned behind by Cresswell, and a Djenepo snap-shot from the resulting corner that went well over, that proved to be the last action of any note in the first half.

The second began a little brighter, though, and Alex McCarthy had to make a good stop from Michail Antonio within two minutes of the restart, diving low to his left to keep out an effort from the West Ham forward that may have been creeping just inside the post, as he sent in a strike from 18 yards.

As it turned out, there was probably as much action in the first six or seven minutes of the second half as there was in the entirety of the first, as a frantic 30 seconds saw a dangerous Jarrod Bowen corner somehow elude a host of players six yards out, before Saints retrieved the ball and broke swiftly, with Redmond ultimately seeing one shot blocked before then firing wide from an angle after being played back in by Djenepo.

SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 11:  during the Premier League match between Southampton  and  West Ham United at St Mary's Stadium on September 11, 2021 in Southampton, England. (Photo by Isabelle Field/Southampton FC via Getty Images)
Nathan Redmond watches a shot fly wide as Southampton looked for the opening goal

A first change of the afternoon arrived after that, as Romeu was taken off and Ibrahima Diallo sent on, with Ward-Prowse dropping into the deeper of the midfield positions and Diallo taking the one higher up the pitch vacated by the captain’s switch.

After Tomas Soucek headed over from a Benrahma cross on 56 minutes, Armstrong did likewise from a Perraud delivery into the near post five minutes later, as both sides looked for the breakthrough.

West Ham then came close to getting it on 68 minutes, as a ball into the area ricocheted around before dropping to Bowen, who saw his left-footed volley tipped over by McCarthy.

Stephens and Antonio went into the book shortly after, following an off-the-ball tussle out on the wing, which ended with the West Ham striker flinging Stephens to the ground, before Declan Rice was also cautioned for a foul on Livramento.

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Substitute Armando Broja caused significant problems for West Ham

Hasenhüttl made another substitution with 17 minutes left on the clock, as Broja, fresh from scoring in back-to-back games for Albania over the international break, came on for his home debut in place of Armstrong.

The 20-year-old proved an immediate threat, bursting down the right and almost setting up Elyounoussi, before going inches away from breaking the deadlock on 81 minutes, powering forward on a solo break up the pitch, shifting the ball onto his right foot 25 yards out and sending a low shot across goal flush against the base of the post.

Diallo then had a sniff of a chance soon after, spinning and shooting over from a tight angle inside the area, as Saints mounted a late charge, with Broja then seeing a header from a Ward-Prowse corner cleared off the line by Rice as the match went into five minutes of added time.

The goal wouldn't come, though, with the sides remaining locked at 0-0 as Coote blew for full-time, with the referee showing a second yellow to Antonio – for a late challenge on Djenepo – moments before bringing proceedings to a close.

Southampton

Head to Head Stats

West Ham United
  • Possession (%)
    42
    comparison angle
    58
  • Shots
    11
    comparison angle
    13
  • Shots on target
    3
    comparison angle
    3
  • Corners
    5
    comparison angle
    4
  • Passes Complete
    310
    comparison angle
    468

Southampton

1
Alex McCarthy (GK)
15
Romain Perraud
5
Jack Stephens yellow card
21
Valentino Livramento
22
Mohammed Salisu yellow card
6
Oriol Romeu yellow card
replace Ibrahima Diallo (53′)
24
Mohamed Elyounoussi
19
Moussa Djenepo
11
Nathan Redmond
8
James Ward-Prowse (C)
9
Adam Armstrong
replace Armando Broja (74′)
18
Armando Broja
44
Fraser Forster
35
Jan Bednarek
2
Kyle Walker-Peters
10
Che Adams
27
Ibrahima Diallo
4
Lyanco
43
Yan Valery
23
Nathan Tella

West Ham United

1
Lukasz Fabianski (GK)
5
Vladimir Coufal
15
Craig Dawson
21
Angelo Ogbonna
3
Aaron Cresswell
20
Jarrod Bowen
replace Andriy Yarmolenko (83′)
22
Saïd Benrahma
replace Nikola Vlasic (63′)
8
Pablo Fornals
28
Tomas Soucek
41
Declan Rice (C) yellow card
9
Michail Antonio red card
33
Alex Král
24
Ryan Fredericks
7
Andriy Yarmolenko
4
Kurt Zouma
23
Issa Diop
11
Nikola Vlasic
10
Manuel Lanzini
16
Mark Noble
13
Alphonse Areola
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