West Ham 3-0 Southampton | Abysmal Saints crash to defeat at the London Stadium

A disappointing performance from Southampton, perhaps one of the worst you’d see from a Premier League team this season, saw West Ham pick up a vital win in this effective six pointer game and ease their relegation fears at the London Stadium.

Saints were expected to give West Ham a run for their money in manager Mark Hughes’ first game in charge, but produced a shocking first half display, allowing a struggling West Ham side to look utterly dominant.

For West Ham, injuries meant David Moyes went with a Cresswell-Ogbonna-Rice back three, with Joao Mario and Michail Antonio in support of Marko Arnautovic. The game also saw the return of Arthur Masuaku after the conclusion of his ban for spitting at Nick Powell. The Hammers were hoping to avoid the ignominy of becoming the first top flight side since Nottingham Forest in the 60’s to lose four consecutive top flight games by three or more goals.

West Ham lost Antonio to injury early in the game, with the winger limping off to be replaced by young Edimilson Fernandes, the latter himself returning to the bench for the first time after several weeks out with an ankle problem.

A mistake from Mario Lemina allowed West Ham to draw first blood. The Gabonese midfielder gifted possession in the middle of the park and forward strode Cheikhou Kouyate. The Senegalese found Joao Mario on the counter and the Portuguese international completed an excellent finish to register his first goal in West Ham colours.

Two minutes later, Marko Arnautovic had the chance to make it 2-0, but he shot wide of the post. The Austrian was however not to be denied for too long. Another error, this time from Hojberg, gave West Ham the ball, and Joao Mario’s pin point cross was headed in by Arnautovic. Alex McCarthy stopped the first time effort, but was powerless to stop the rebound.

Arnautovic Southampton

Arnautovic seemed to have hurt himself after the second goal and was seen clutching his left calf, but continued to soldier on. He netted West Ham’s on the stroke of half time, with Southampton caught on the counter and Masuaku’s excellent cross volleyed in by the Austrian.

Southampton didn’t have a single shot in the first half, with West Ham having nine overall. That was an apt reflection of how bad Saints were before the interval.

With the job done and dusted, West Ham took their foot off the pedal after the interval and their second half performance was not as good as David Moyes’ might have wanted it to be. However it was enough for three full points, much to the delight of the 56,887 strong crowd who created an electric atmosphere in the first half.

West Ham 3-0 Southampton (Mario, Arnautovic x2)

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