Premier League
Southampton 3 West Ham United 2

Saturday, 19th August 2017
by Gordon Thrower

I think we can now safely assume that you have to actually murder someone before you get dropped from the referee’s select group list.



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Player Ratings

Joe Hart
Slow getting down for the first goal. Punched when he should have caught. Not too impressed so far.


Pablo Zabaleta
Decent game. Unfairly castigated over the penalty given all that went before.


Aaron Cresswell
Not bad but struggled with having to have the decidedly undefensive Hernandez in front of him in the second half.


Angelo Ogbonna
Looked reasonably comfortable.


Jose Fonte
It says volumes that neither Southampton?EUR(TM)s MOTM (Mason) nor his runner-up wore a Southampton shirt. Though both might well have done.


Declan Rice
A few stray passes early on but settled down to have a decent game.


Mark Noble
Was a leading voice for the lads when he was on and helped the team keep their shape. Very comfortable on the ball and picking out some good passes, a shame seeing him substituted so early in the second half.


Michail Antonio
Caused problems but tired rapidly in the second half.


Marko Arnautovic
Stupid. Can feel justifiably aggrieved that he walked whilst others stayed on bit if you know the referee is dodgy why give him the chance?


Javier Hernandez
Great poaching skills which gives cause for optimism in the future.


Andre Ayew
I only noticed him twice, first appealing for the penalty on the not unreasonable grounds that handball is against the laws of the game. Second when he was subbed for Fernandes.



Substitutes

Edimildon Fernandes
(Replaced Fernandes) His skill led to the equaliser. Not much else to remember but it was still more a contribution than the man he replaced managed.


Diafra Sakho
(Replaced Antonio) Beginning to signs of form ?EUR" got on the end of a couple of crosses, including the one that led to the equaliser.


Pedro Obiang
(Replaced Masuaku) Bolstered up the midfield for the closing 15 or so. Did ok.


Adrian San Miguel Del Castillo
Did not play.


Sam Byram
Did not play.


Arthur Masuaku
Did not play.


Winston Reid
Injured during warm-up.



Match Facts

West Ham United: Joe Hart, Pablo Zabaleta, Aaron Cresswell, Angelo Ogbonna, Jose Fonte, Declan Rice, Mark Noble, Michail Antonio, Marko Arnautovic, Javier Hernandez, Andre Ayew.

Goals: Javier Hernandez 45 Javier Hernandez 73                .

Booked: None.

Sent Off: Marko Arnautovic 33    .

Southampton: Forster; Cedric, Yoshida, Stephens, Bertrand; Davis (Long 80’), Romeu, Lemina (Ward-Prowse 64’), Redmond, Tadic; Gabbiadini (Austin 80’) .

Subs not used: McCarthy, Bednarek, McQueen, Boufal.

Goals: Gabbiadini 11’, Tadic (p) 38’, Austin (p) 90’ .

Booked: .

Sent off: None.

Referee: Lee Mason.

Attendance: 0.

Man of the Match: Javier Hernandez.