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West Ham 3 Saints 1
Updated 4:52pm Saturday 22nd February 2014 in Football
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- Saints' six-match unbeaten league run comes to an end
- Maya Yoshida opened the scoring with an early header
- Goals from Matt Jarvis, Carlton Cole and Kevin Nolan changed the game
- Gaston Ramirez returned to action after injury
Saints' six-match unbeaten league run comes to an end. It's a harsh result on the balance of play, but West Ham certainly took their chances better. Mauricio Pochettino's men remain eighth in the table tonight. Thanks for joining us. We will have a full report and reaction for you on the website shortly.
WEST HAM 3 SAINTS 1
Kevin Nolan celebrated his goal, and the third against Saints today at Upton Park.
Adam Lallana booked by Mark Clattenburg for tugging Mark Noble back by the shorts.
CHANCE (86 mins): Jay Rodriguez fires in a slicing effort from 20 yards that has West Ham keeper Adrian scrambling across his area. However, the ball goes just wide.
CHANCE (79 mins): Mohamed Diame tries his luck with a curling effort from 30 yards. It's extremely well-struck and beats Artur Boruc, but hits the top of the bar.
Saints (78 mins): Steven Davis and Rickie Lambert off, James Ward-Prowse and Sam Gallagher off.
West Ham (73 mins): Kevin Nolan off, Winston Reid on.
WEST HAM 3 SAINTS 1 (Kevin Nolan 71)
Stewart Downing swings in a cross from the right. Carlton Cole's header from six yards out hits Jose Fonte and loops up in the air. Kevin Nolan readjusts and acrobatically volleys it home from close range.
CHANCE (70 mins): Adam Lallana pounces on a loose ball through the middle and bursts forward, but he drags his left foot shot just wide.
CHANCE (66mins): Gaston Ramirez nutmegs James Collins and bursts in on goal. He's quickly put under pressure, with his fierce left-foot shot flying narrowly over the bar. So close.
CHANCE (64 mins): Luke Shaw bursts past James Collins down the left, and cuts the ball back into the path of Adam Lallana. He can't quite get to it properly, and is only able to make slight contact with the ball, as it rolls away to safety.
Saints (63 mins): Jack Cork off, Gaston Ramirez on.
West Ham United's Stewart Downing (left) and Jose Fonte both go for the ball.
West Ham (56 mins): Matt Jarvis off, Mohamed Diame on.
PENALTY APPEAL (53 mins): Jose Fonte gets his head to an Adam Lallana delivery from the right, with the ball appearing to then hit the raised hand of James Collins in the area. No penalty is awarded by Mark Clattenburg, however.
CHANCE (50 mins): Calum Chambers tries his luck from the corner of the area, after the ball was cleared in his direction, but his well-struck shot is a couple of yards over.
Adam Lallana (left) and West Ham United's George McCartney both attempt to get their head on the ball.
The second half is underway.
Adam Lallana on the ball during the first half.
West Ham United's Stewart Downing (left) and Jose Fonte get in a tussle.
Images of Carlton Cole scoring West Ham United's second goal.
WEST HAM 2 SAINTS 1
CHANCE (44 mins): Saints work a smart short corner, which results in Adam Lallana chipping a clever pass inside, into the run of Luke Shaw. He hits a slicing half-volley towards the far corner, but the ball ends up sailing well wide.
Pictures of Matthew Jarvis getting the ball past Artur Boruc.
CHANCE (32 mins): Jack Cork swings in a cross from the right towards Rickie Lambert. He outjumps James Collins, but sees his header come back off the post, before being cleared to safety.
Morgan Schneiderlin (left) and West Ham United's Guy Demel battle for the ball.
WEST HAM 2 SAINTS 1 (Carlton Cole 23)
What a turnaround. Stewart Downing swings over a corner, which is headed against the post by Carlton Cole. The ball rebounds to Maya Yoshida, who makes a complete mess of clearing it, letting it hit him and bounce into the path of Cole, who gratefully fires a shot into the far corner.
The first Premier League goal scored by Maya Yoshida.
WEST HAM 1 SAINTS 1 (Matt Jarvis 20)
Kevin Nolan chips a ball over the Saints defence. Matt Jarvis makes a run in behind, brings the ball down and then slots it past Artur Boruc. Replays suggest Jarvis was just offside, although it was a tight call.
CHANCE (17 mins): Adam Lallana bursts forward from the halfway line, skips past Mark Noble and fires in a shot from 25 yards that sails a few yards over the crossbar.
WEST HAM 0 SAINTS 1 (Maya Yoshida 8)
James Tomkins brings Adam Lallana down with a sliding challenge near the byline, just outside the right edge of the penalty area. Steven Davis clips in the resulting free-kick, with Maya Yoshida rising highest to glance a header into the far top corner from six yards. It's a first ever Premier League goal for the Japan international.
CHANCE (2 mins): Adam Lallana floats a pass over the top of the West Ham defence, which picks out the run of Jay Rodriguez. He looks to be through on goal, but can't quite bring the ball down properly, and Guy Demel does well to get back and clear.
Mark Clattenburg gets the match underway.
The teams are out here at Upton Park. Saints in their away kit this afternoon. Kick-off just a few minutes away. Stay with us for updates from throughout the match.
Victor Wanyama is not in the squad today. However, the midfielder was in good form this week, as he spoke to the media. Here's a snippet of what he had to say on chasing a Europa League place (for the full story click here):
If we keep performing in this league like how we have been doing, we have a good chance to qualify for the Europa League. For me, I think it is good. It’s a good thing to play. If you are not in the Champions League then this is a good thing to have, to play in the Europa League. It will also be good exposure for us to have a little bit of experience in (European) football.Victor Wanyama
Mark Clattenburg will referee today's match, taking charge of Saints for the first time since the club complained about a comment he allegedly made to Adam Lallana in December's 2-1 defeat at Everton. Mauricio Pochettino revealed this week that he is "happy" about Clattenburg's appointment.
This could be a record-breaking day for Saints this afternoon. Mauricio Pochettino's side are chasing a trio of records. You can read about them all by clicking here.
After missing games through injuries, both Dejan Lovren and Gaston Ramirez are subs for today's match against West Ham.
Subs Ramirez and Lovren warm up before the game.
West Ham manager Sam Allardyce had this to say about Saints and today's match in his programme notes...
Southampton have enjoyed a good season and arrive at the Boleyn Ground on a six-match unbeaten run in the Premier League. With 39 points, they are already all but safe from relegation and will be able to relax and enjoy their football over the closing months of the season. It is our job to take advantage of any slip in standard or complacency that may seep into their game this afternoon. We are at home and are in our best form of the season ourselves, so we will make it as difficult as we can for them to play the game their way. Southampton like to pass the ball and control matches, so we do what we can to disrupt their own rhythm and impose our own stamp on proceedings.Sam Allardyce
Six changes for Saints from the FA Cup defeat to Sunderland. The team has reverted to the side that beat Hull in the Premier League
SAINTS: Boruc, Chambers, Fonte, Yoshida, Shaw, Cork, Schneiderlin, S. Davis, Lallana, Rodriguez, Lambert.
Subs: K Davis, Clyne, Lovren, Ramírez, Ward-Prowse, Guly, Gallagher.
WEST HAM: Adrian, Demel, Tomkins, Collins, McCartney, Nolan, Noble, Taylor, Downing, C Cole, Jarvis.
Subs: Jaaskelainen, Reid, Armero, Collison, Diame, J Cole, Nocerino.
Ref: Mark Clattenburg
Saints are back at Upton Park for the first time since being thumped 4-1 here last season. That day marked one of the most miserable of the campaign for the club, putting then-manager Nigel Adkins under severe pressure. However, Saints return here with a different boss, Mauricio Pochettino, and a far more confident side, and they will be hopeful of securing a much better result this time round.
Hello and welcome to this afternoon's Daily Echo blog, covering Saints' trip to West Ham in the Premier League. The club are back in action for the first time since last weekend's miserable FA Cup exit at Sunderland, and are hoping to extend their unbeaten league run to seven matches. They face a tough test, though, against a resurgent Hammers side, who have won their last three games, are unbeaten in four, and haven't conceded a goal in that stretch. Stay with us throughout the afternoon for build-up, team news and match updates.
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