Jussi Jaaskelainen had a fine game as West Ham restricted Southampton to a goalless draw at St Mary’s.
The first half was an even affair as both sides had good chances but found the goalkeepers in fine form.
The second period saw the hosts take the game to the Hammers, as Rickie Lambert hit the post and Victor Wanyama’s follow-up hit James Collins on the arm, although he knew little about it as the ball had initially struck his groin.
Jaaskelainen made an excellent stop from Adam Lallana, with the Finn at his acrobatic best to deny Schneiderlin and Lambert too. West Ham had a late chance to snatch a win, but Collins could only blast over after Joey O’Brien picked him out.
The result moves both sides on to five points, with the Hammers 10th and ahead of Saints on goal difference.
PRE-MATCH: Saints go all-out, Ravel gets his chance – Southampton started with three up front in Rickie Lambert, Pablo Osvaldo and Jay Rodriguez. With Andy Carroll, Joe Cole, Mladen Petric and Stewart Downing injured, the Hammers looked to highly rated but temperamental youngster Ravel Morrison.
6’+10’ – SAVES: Artur Boruc does well to deny Mohamed Diame’s fierce strike, while Jussi Jaaskelainen makes a superb stop from Daniel Pablo Osvaldo.
33’ – RABONA: Lovely one-touch interplay between Adam Lallana and Osvaldo culminates in the Italian playing a delightful Rabona, which almost sends Rickie Lambert clean through.
34’ – BAD FOUL: Morgan Schneiderlin get away with a reckless challenge on Diame as referee Andre Marriner takes a lenient approach.
45+2 – CHANCE: Kevin Nolan is denied a goal by Jose Fonte’s lunge, with Modibo Maiga guilty of a bad miss on the follow-up.
50’ – WOODWORK/PENALTY APPEAL: Lambert’s power header from Lallana’s corner rattles off the post, and Victor Wanyama’s follow-up appears to strike James Collins on the arm.
52’, 67’, 72’ – SAVES: Trio of fine stops from Osvaldo, Schneiderlin and Lambert.
83’ – CHANCE: Collins misses with the goal at his mercy, blasting over from O’Brien’s cut-back.
West Ham have managed just six shots on target so far this season, fewer than any other side in the Premier League.
Southampton's £15m striker Pablo Daniel Osvaldo gave the ball away 10 times. His pass accuracy was 57%.
The Hammers have won only one of their last 15 Premier League away games (D4 L10).
TALKING POINT – Should Schneiderlin have walked? The Frenchman’s challenge into the ankle of Diame was atrocious, yet he somehow escaped a booking. Marriner saw it, as he awarded a free-kick, which makes you wonder what he thinks is serious foul play. Fortunately Diame escaped serious injury – a less physically strong player may not have been so lucky.
MAN OF THE MATCH
Jussi Jaaskelainen (West Ham): The veteran keeper made a string of good saves to keep West Ham in it as Southampton threw the kitchen sink at the visitors in the second half.
Southampton: Boruc 7, Clyne 7, Fonte 7, Lovren 6, Shaw 6, Wanyama 6, Schneiderlin 7, Lallana 7, Rodriguez 6, Osvaldo 6, Lambert 6; Subs: Ward-Prowse 7, Chambers 6
West Ham: Jaaskelainen 8, Demel 7, O'Brien 6, Collins 4, Reid 6, Noble 6, Nolan 6, Diame 7, Morrison 6, Jarvis 6, Maiga 5; Subs: Rat 6, Taylor 6, Vaz Te 6
THE MATCH IN A TWEET