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 RatingsJoe Hart
Slow getting down for the first goal. Punched when he should have caught. Not too impressed so far.
Decent game. Unfairly castigated over the penalty given all that went before.
Not bad but struggled with having to have the decidedly undefensive Hernandez in front of him in the second half.
Looked reasonably comfortable.
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.
A few stray passes early on but settled down to have a decent game.
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.
Caused problems but tired rapidly in the second half.
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?
Great poaching skills which gives cause for optimism in the future.
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.
(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.
(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.
(Replaced Masuaku) Bolstered up the midfield for the closing 15 or so. Did ok.
Adrian San Miguel Del Castillo
Did not play.
Did not play.
Did not play.
Injured during warm-up.
Match FactsWest 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 .
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’ .
Sent off: None.
Referee: Lee Mason.
Man of the Match: Javier Hernandez.