Southampton 1 – 1 West Ham United

West Ham United  took another step towards Premier League safety this weekend when they secured another valuable point by drawing 1-1 away to a Southampton team on an excellent run.

Mauricio Pochettino has really turned things around for The Saints and after a fine run of form they are now level on 38-points with West Ham after hovering just above the drop zone under former manager Nigel Adkins.

The weather down at St Mary’s was awful but that did not stop both teams starting brightly and looking for an early goal,  however the first real chance of note fell to Hammer’s Captain Kevin Nolan who forced a smart low save from the Southampton keeper after rifling a shot in from 12-yards out in the 8th minute of the game.

Despite the initial bright start made by West Ham it was Southampton who took control of the game and they looked very menacing with their passing and movement, and it was Southampton who had the best chance of the half when Rickie Lambert fired in at goal after a Ramirez found him unmarked at the back post from a free kick, however he was denied by a truly exceptional save from West Ham’s Jussi Jaaskelainen.

The teams went into the break at 0-0 with Southampton pressure almost breaking the deadlock on several occasions but for fine goal keeping from Jussi Jaaskelainen and some heroic defending. The first half was also littered with poor challenges from both teams, possibly due to the conditions and a rain-sodden pitch.

Second Half

The second half started much the same as the first ended, with Southampton dictating the play and enjoying the lions share of possession, however it was West Ham’s player of the month Andy Carroll who almost opened the scoring but gave Southampton a huge let off when he somehow volleyed wide from close range with the goal at his mercy.

In the 59th minute The Saints took what I consider to be a deserved lead after the amount of chances and pressure they created, with Ramirez seizing on a loose clearance before getting a huge slice of luck with his shot from outside the box being blocked by both West Ham centre backs before falling directly in front of Ramirez who had a clear run at goal before dispatching past Jussi to make it 1-0.

The lead did not last long though, only four minutes to be precise, Mo Diame made a powerful surge up the pitch and was brought down unfairly resulting in a free kick, and like the first goal West Ham this time enjoyed a slice of luck with Andy Carroll’s free kick getting two deflections before nestling in the bottom corner to make it 1-1.

Carroll almost snatched it for West Ham when he had a low short saved well by Boruc in then Southampton goal, however both teams looked to tire due to the conditions making it hard work and the game fizzled out to a 1-1 draw.

West Ham are now on 38-points and require only one more win from their remaining six fixtures to get over the magic 40-point mark.

Sam Allardyce close to a new deal after the result

Allardyce, speak to SkySports.com said:

It is closer. Hopefully we can get it tied up soon so we can get on with pre-season work. When it is all tied up, we want to put pen to paper as soon as we can.

I will have a chat with the owner. Let us just get this season over and done with

West Ham now have a few days rest before taking on the almost nailed on Champions Manchester United on Wednesday, Upton Park has been something of a bogey ground for United in the past and it would be a great game to seal 3-points and reach the magic 40-point mark!

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