A hard earned point

Southampton 0-0 West Ham

It has to be taken as a fantastic and well earned point at St Mary’s as West Ham scraped and fought like hell to keep out a dominant Southampton in a game that was full of drama.

Adrian was sent off, Carroll had to play with one leg and every player had to play as a defender for the final 15 minutes.

It was a match in that West Ham never really got going, and from the off seemed to be off the pace when it came to defending against a rampant Southampton.

The hosts were playing fluid football, and it seemed only a matter of time until they would break the deadlock. However half time arrived, with the game goalless.

The second half saw the introduction of Matt Jarvis, on for Morgan Amalfitano – and it was the Irons best spell of the game.

The first ten minutes of the second half saw West Ham start to test the Saints defence, with Stewart Downing unlucky not to get a shot at goal, with him teeing up something special.

The spell didn’t last though, as the home side once again took control, and looked threatening. Then came a moment of madness on 60 minutes when Adrian was shown a straight red card for deliberate handball – after trying to dribble around the Southampton striker.

It was then simply backs to the wall for the remaining half an hour, with every player expected to defend the point for dear life – which is exactly what they did.

The roar of appreciation from the travelling fans when the referee blew for full time on 95 minutes was clear to hear, as West Ham moved onto 38 points with 13 matches remaining.


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