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. [Read more…]

Rival watch- Palace win, Stoke lose

West Ham’s league game over the weekend against Manchester United was postponed due to the latter’s FA Cup commitments but how did the Hammers’ relegation rivals fare in their games this weekend?

Palace were away at Huddersfield while Stoke were at home against Everton [Read more…]

Winston Reid withdraws from All Whites squad

West Ham defender Winston Reid has withdrawn from the New Zealand squad following his calf injury prior to the club’s 3-2 loss to Southampton. All Whites skipper Reid was stretchered off after picking up the injury in the warm-up at St.Mary’s. He was originally named in West Ham’s starting eleven but had to be replaced by Jose Fonte.

Reid will therefore miss both of New Zealand’s World Cup qualifiers against the Solomon Islands. Slaven Bilic has also said that he will play no part in the upcoming fixture against Newcastle. [Read more…]

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. [Read more…]

Hammers want Saints striker Rickie Lambert

West Ham United are planning a summer swoop for Southampton frontman Rickie Lambert.

30 year old Lambert is currently the highest scoring Englisman in the Premier League and rumours are linking the striker to  West Ham in a summer move. [Read more…]

Boro Give Hammers A Lifeline

Watching the Middlesbrough v Southampton game I was hoping Boro could do us a favour against the much fancied Saints, especially as Boro needed a win to keep their own play off hopes alive.

After all of 46 seconds my hopes started to fade when up popped Billy Sharp with a goal to make it 1 – 0 to the St Mary’s outfit!

However being a Hammer you need to believe so I carried on watching and after a lot of half chances for both teams Boro got back in it on the stroke of half time with a cross converted by Bailey. Good times there was a glimmer of hope!

Second half I was hoping Boro would turn the screw but Southampton came out the traps wanting to put the promotion battle to bed and gave their hosts a bit of a battering for the few period of the second half.

A spot of controversy reigned a few moments later when Lallana went through on goal only to be fouled by the last man who had already been booked, I thought oh dear 10 men for Middlesbrough but unbelievably the ref kept his cards in his pocket and Lambert fired over from the free kick.

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Then after being slightly battered from Southampton attacks the Tee Siders got a free kick and it was curled home beautifully by Zemmama!

So after a nervous 90 minutes watching on behalf of my team I am pleased our very slim automatic promotion hopes are still alive! So all we need now is victory over Leicester and Southampton to slip up against the already relegated Coventry City! Should be an exciting last day if we win Monday with the odds stacked in Southampton’s favour, but hey stranger things have happened! COYI!