West Ham Utd 1-0 Southampton

  • by Staff Writer
  • Sunday, 2nd April 2023

West Ham are up to 14th in the Premier League following a vital Premier League win against Southampton.

Nayef Aguerd opened his account for the club by scoring the all-important goal midway through the first half - one that took West Ham five places up the table.

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And while it was certainly not a game for the purist, David Moyes and his team will no doubt be pleased having successfully overcome yet another difficult hurdle in their battle to beat the drop.

Whilst they may have arrived in east London bottom of the table, Southampton's form had improved in recent weeks following wins against Leicester and Chelsea plus draws against Manchester United and Tottenham.

Yet they were restricted to very few opportunities today as the Hammers once again secured a clean sheet against a relegation rival, following those earlier successes against Everton (2-0) and Nottingham Forest (4-0).

Today's win was the sixth home success against team ninth or below in the Premier League table, with two draws to boot. And it could be that home form that manages to keep West Ham in the top flight at the end of what has been a troubled campaign.

As has been the case frequently this season, there was very little goalmouth action or free-flowing football for the paying punter to get excited about. But as Jarrod Bowen admitted during his post-match interview, "It was never going to be a high-scoring game because of what was at stake".

West Ham managed just two shots on target (out of 12) while the Saints managed three from their nine efforts. And even though both sides also found the woodwork - Jarrod Bowen for the Hammers - it was always likely to be a game where one goal would be enough to win it.

In the end that goal came early on for the Hammers, who had become used to falling behind too often this season. Thilo Kehrer’s free-kick found the unmarked Aguerd who guided his header into the far corner.

And even though the Hammers were forced to wait for around three minutes for the decision to be confirmed, the goal stood - much to the relief of the home fans, some of whom were beginning to get a little frustrated by that point.

The visitors rarely threatened the reinstated Lukasz Fabianski's goal, although they too saw an effort strike the woodwork late on. Fortunately for West Ham the bounce was kind and those vital three points remained very much in the bag.

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West Ham Utd: Fabiański, Kehrer, Zouma, Aguerd, Emerson (Cresswell 88), Rice, Souček (Downes 68), Paquetá (Fornals 88), Bowen, Benrahma, Ings (Antonio 65)

Subs not used: Areola, Coufal, Lanzini, Cornet, Ogbonna

Goals: Aguerd (25)

Southampton: Bazunu, Walker-Peters, Bednarek, Ćaleta-Car, Perraud, S.Armstrong (Maitland-Niles 72), Ward-Prowse ©, Lavia, Elyounoussi (Sulemana 54), Walcott (Onuachu 72), Mara (Alcaraz 54)

Subs not used: McCarthy, Lyanco, Aribo, Diallo, Oršić

Booked: Ćaleta-Car, Bednarek

Possession: West Ham Utd 43%; Soton 57%

Shots/On Target: West Ham Utd 12/2; Soton 9/3

xG: West Ham Utd 1.40; Soton 0.32

Referee: Paul Tierney

Tickets Sold: 62,465

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