Ten-man Southampton hold on to beat West Ham

Maya Yoshida’s early goal gave 10-man Southampton a narrow Premier League win over fellow European challengers West Ham at St Mary’s.

  •  Southampton up to seventh with fourth win in five
  •  Forster keeps fifth successive clean sheet
  •  Wanyama sent off for third time this season
  •  West Ham struggle to create chances despite late flurry 
Maya Yoshida celebrates goal (v West Ham)
Unlikely source: Yoshida scored only his third goal for Southampton in four years at the club but it proved to be a valuable one (Picture from Sky Sports)

MAYA Yoshida’s early goal gave 10-man Southampton a slender win over West Ham at a rain-soaked St Mary’s. 

The Japanese centre-back scored his first Premier League goal since December 2014 in the ninth minute, stabbing home Sadio Mane’s low centre from close range.

Saints defended resolutely after Victor Wanyama was sent off for the third time this season early in the second half for a challenge on Dimitri Payet.

But West Ham struggled to trouble Saints keeper Fraser Forster, who denied Winston Reid’s first-half header on his way to keeping a fifth successive clean sheet since returning from 10 months out injured.

Victor Wanyama challenge on Dimitri Payet (6th Feb 2016)
Ill-discipline: Kenyan international Wanyama has also been sent off against Bournemouth and Norwich this season (Picture from Sky Sports)

Ronald Koeman’s team have now won four in a five-game unbeaten run which lifts them back up to seventh in the table – two points and one place behind West Ham.

Slaven Bilic’s side dominated for long periods after falling behind and piled the pressure on the hosts late on but could not prevent a second defeat in 12 league games.

Saints began brightly with Cedric’s header forcing Adrian into a fine save just two minutes before Yoshida was in the right place to smash home at the end of a well-worked move.

Maya Yoshida goal 9 mins 1-0 (v West Ham - 6th Feb 2016)
Reward: Yoshida stayed up following a Southampton corner and benefitted from Mane’s delivery back in to the box (Picture from Sky Sports)

The defender could have conceded a penalty when appearing to clip Enner Valencia in the box and captain Reid had a header parried superbly by Forster from Payet’s free-kick as West Ham eventually grew in to the game.

The Hammers, who trailed Southampton at Upton Park in December but came back to win 2-1, were in the ascendancy once Wanyama saw red nine minutes after the break.

The former Celtic midfielder lost possession on halfway and raced to win it back by lunging in forcefully on Payet. There appeared to be minimal contact with his opponent although he did not win any of the ball.

Mark Clattenburg goes for yellow card (Wanyama red v West Ham - 6th Feb 2016)
Initial call: The referee appeared to place his hand in his right pocket to produce a yellow card for Wanyama (Picture from Sky Sports)

Referee Mark Clattenburg appeared to go to his pocket for a yellow card before changing his mind seconds later after West Ham players reacted furiously.

As a result, Koeman introduced Oriol Romeu in place of Mane to protect the advantage but Saints had two good chances to extend the lead.

Shane Long curled over after latching on to Forster’s long clearance and substitute Charlie Austin almost marked his home debut with a goal, firing off target from the right channel.

Ronald Koeman on the sidelines (v West Ham - 6th Feb 2016)
Record: Koeman is the first Southampton boss to win three manager of the month awards after picking up the prize for January (Picture from Sky Sports)

Hammers boss Bilic introduced Andy Carroll and debutant Emmanuel Emenike from the bench, however, chances were few and far between despite Southampton sat in deep in numbers.

Valencia fired off target on two occasions before setting up on-loan Fenerbache striker Emenike to head wide while Cedric was relieved to see his sidefooted clearance pass narrowly beyond his own post.

But Saints – marshalled by the excellent Virgil van Dijk – survived five anxious minutes of stoppage time to leave West Ham winless at St Mary’s in their seven visits and boost their European ambitions.

West Ham – who have now won just once in eight away games – were dealt another injury blow when James Tomkins hobbled off with a calf problem in the second period.

Match facts (Southampton 0-0 West Ham - 6th Feb 2016)
Wasteful: West Ham enjoyed 66 per cent of the ball but managed just two shots on target (Picture from Sky Sports)

TEAMS:

Southampton team to face West Ham (6th Feb 2016)
Three is the magic number: Saints switched to a back three and made three changes from the goalless draw at Arsenal in midweek (Picture from Sky Sports)

Substitutes:  Romeu (on for Mane 56′), Austin (on for Pelle 72′) and Ward-Prowse (on for Clasie 90+3′).

Not used:  Stekelenburg (GK), Martina, Juanmi, Tadic.

Booked:  Clasie (83′)

Sent-off:  Wanyama (54′)

Goals:  Yoshida (9′)

 

West Ham team to face Southampton (6th Feb 2016)
One change: West Ham replaced the ill Cheikhou Kouyate with Victor Moses from Tuesday’s 2-0 win over Aston Villa (Picture from Sky Sports)

Substitutes:  Carroll (on for Moses 61′), Byram (on for Tomkins 61′) and Emenike (on for Antonio 73′).

Not used:  Randolph (GK), O’Brien, Oxford, Obiang.

Booked:  Valencia (67′), Byram (87′)

Goals:  None

 

Mark Clattenburg referee (Southampton v West Ham - 6th Feb 2016)
Decisions: Clattenburg controversially sent off Wanyama for the second time this season but otherwise kept on top of a lively game (Picture from Sky Sports)

Referee:  Mark Clattenburg (Tyne & Wear) – 7/10
Attendance:  29,161


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