West Ham Utd 2-3 Southampton

  • by Staff Writer
  • Sunday, 26th December 2021

West Ham's disappointing December goes on as the Hammers fell to a suprising 3-2 defeat at home to Southampton.

David Moyes' understrength side fell behind on three occasions in an end-to-end affair at the London Olympic Stadium as their defensive frailties were fully exposed against a team with just one win in 14 attempts away from home previously this season.

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And even though Michail Antonio and Said Benhama pulled West Ham level twice, they were unable to do so a third time after Jan Bednarak's 70th minute strike secured all three points for the visitors.

The Saints opened the scoring with just eight minutes on the clock through Mohamed Elyounoussi, scoring the only goal of the opening half.

But substitute Antonio, making his first appearance since contracting Covid levelled for the Irons just four minutes after the restart with a headed effort - his first in the Premier League since scoring the winner against Tottenham in 24 October.

Southampton retook the lead on the hour mark through set-piece expert James Ward-Prowse, after a review by referee Kevin Friend saw a spot kick awarded to Ralph Hasenhüttl's side following a foul by Michael Dawson.

Yet back came the Hammers once again, this time through Benrahma converting a low Jarrod Bowen centre with 64 minutes on the clock.

At that stage the odds would've bene against the Hammers adding the next goal - yet it was to be the Saints, through Bednarak, to score the fifth and decisive goal that sent the points back down the M3.

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