Premier League
West Ham United 1 Southampton 3

Saturday, 30th August 2014
by Gordon Thrower

If you play that badly you get what you deserve. And you can always rely on Mike Dean to make sure of a result if the opposition are struggling.



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Player Ratings

Adrian San Miguel del Castillo
Let down by those in front of him. A couple of half-decent saves.


Joey O'Brien
Always seemed to be a yard away from wherever he needed to be at the time. The yellow card ws ludicrous though.


Aaron Cresswell
Tried to get forward but got so little cover or help from Vaz Te his effectiveness either defensively or in attack was severely limited.


James Tomkins
Seemed to be constantly giving his man a yard as if there were some sort o exclusion zone to be enforced.


Winston Reid
His distribution was not at its best today.


Mark Noble
The goal apart this was one of his worst performances in a West Ham shirt ?EUR" he was constantly caught in possession and never seemed sure of what he wanted to do with the ball.


Cheikhou Kouyate
The one player who never gave up. Shame there weren't more like him out there.


Mauro Zarate
Spent far too much time trying to back into his marker. Good bit of chasing back to set up the goal but that was about it from him.


Stewart Downing
Far too predictable from start to finish.


Ricardo Vaz Te
Unlucky perhaps not to have scored when Forster got lucky in outrageous style but otherwise he was a waste of a space. A strategically-placed traffic cone might have given more protection for Cresswell (though Dean would have probably booked the cone for dissent).


Carlton Cole
Poor. Just poor.



Substitutes

Ravel Morrison
(Replaced Zarate) Played far too deep to affect matters.


Mo Diame
(Replaced Vaz Te) Got the ball. Ran down blind alleys. Lost the ball.


Enner Valencia
(Replaced Cole) Never got into the match in the 12 minutes afforded to him to do so.


Jussi Jasskelainen
Did not play.


Guy Demel
Did not play.


Diego Poyet
Did not play.


Diafra Sakho
Did not play.



Match Facts

West Ham United: Adrian San Miguel del Castillo, Joey O'Brien, Aaron Cresswell, James Tomkins, Winston Reid, Mark Noble, Cheikhou Kouyate, Mauro Zarate, Stewart Downing, Ricardo Vaz Te, Carlton Cole.

Goals: Mark Noble 27                  .

Booked: Aaron Cresswell 56 Joey O Brien 62        .

Sent Off: None sent off.     .

Southampton: Fraser Forster, Nathaniel Clyne, Maya Yoshida, Jose Fonte, Ryan Bertrand, Steven Davis, Morgan Schneiderlin, James Ward-Prowse, Shane Long, Graziano Pelle, Dusan Tadic.

Subs not used: Kelvin Davis, Florin Gardos, Victor Wanyama, Emmanuel Mayuka, Jos Hooiveld.

Goals: Morgan Schneiderlin (45, 68), Graziano Pelle (83).

Booked: Graziano Pelle (79).

Sent off: None.

Referee: Mike Dean.

Attendance: 34,907.

Man of the Match: Cheikhou Kouyate.