Southampton 0-0 West Ham: Premier League Player of the Month Mikhail Antonio EXCLUDED as Declan Rice’s late goal saves Hammers’ unbeaten start… but Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side remain scoreless
- West Ham traveled to Southampton in the Premier League on Saturday
- A poor first half went without a goal as both teams struggled to get going
- Declan Rice left the line late as the Saints held back West Ham’s attack
- Michail Antonio then saw a second yellow for a wild challenge in stoppage time
They remain unbeaten in the Premier League, but this was not the best afternoon for West Ham. An elongated goalless draw, and their main supplier of goals Mikhail Antonio was shown a red card.
Antonio has been shown two yellow cards – once for knocking Jack Stephens to the ground, the other for a nasty challenge on Moussa Djenepo – and will miss Manchester United next weekend as a result.
Southampton left St Mary’s Stadium feeling they should have won. Substitute Armando Broja, the 19-year-old forward on loan from Chelsea, saw one shot bounce off the post and the other was taken off the line by Declan Rice.
A late red card for Mikhail Antonio ended a frustrating afternoon for West Ham on Saturday
The Hammers’ attack was halted after scoring 10 goals in their last four games
So West Ham can count themselves lucky to remain unbeaten, four games into the new Premier League season. The better news is their first real taste of European football since 2006, as they fly to Croatia to face Dinamo Zagreb.
They will have to play better than this if they are to get their Group H campaign off to a winning start. Perhaps this is the effect of an energy-consuming international pause.
There was only one attempt on goal in the first 20 minutes and that was a low drive by Adam Armstrong warming the hands of West Ham goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski.
There was nothing else to discuss. Apart from Ralph Hasenhuttl’s attire, that is, with the Austrian’s cream-colored chinos and dark vest, which made him one of the Premier League’s smarter managers yesterday.
David Moyes, in his tracksuit, looked frustrated. There was a gap between West Ham’s attack and the rest of the team meaning clearly little happened in their final third.
Southampton accidentally got close just before half-time when a cross from right-back Valentino Livramento appeared to creep into the top corner, but Fabianski pulled back in time.
Antonio was the man of the moment, but Southampton held him down the whole time
As halftime approached, no goal had been scored in the six kick-offs at 3:00 PM. If Southampton or West Ham were the ones to end that drought, an influx of energy was needed. Passing from both sides had been bad.
The visitor conversion rate was the highest in the Premier League in this match. One in five of their attempts was beating the opposing goalkeeper, statistics say, but Moyes’ men failed to get anything on target in the first half.
He must have had them grilled at halftime, as West Ham came forward with a lot more intent than they had shown before. Antonio tested Southampton goalkeeper Alex McCarthy for the first time in the match with a snapshot towards the bottom corner.
In the 52nd minute, a West Ham corner bounced through Southampton’s six-yard box. The ball whizzed past three of the visitors’ players, but none of them could make that killer contact.
The hosts immediately launched a counterattack that ended with the shooting of Nathan Redmond.
The Saint pushed for a winner but has yet to taste victory this Premier League season so far
Now we had a game in our hands. Nikola Vlasic was introduced for his West Ham debut and looked lively. He was among those involved in a six-yard box scramble, which led to Jarrod Bowen forcing McCarthy to tip the ball over his goal.
After 70 minutes, there were some handbags between Antonio and Stephens, with the West Ham attacker tossing his counterpart to the ground like a WWE wrestler.
After 80 minutes came Southampton’s biggest chance of the game yet.
Substitute Armando Broja, the 19-year-old forward on loan from Chelsea, had shown that he was faster than Angelo Obgonna on several occasions since his arrival.
Now he only had to beat Ogbonna to be left one-on-one with Fabianski. Broja sprinted forward, then tried to find the bottom left corner. He beat Fabianski, but not the post.
When five minutes of stoppage time was announced, Southampton lurched into a corner. Broja rose highest and the ball flew into the far corner. Fortunately for West Ham, Declan Rice was there, stationed at the back post, to clear.
There was still time for further drama. Antonio, already booked after his wrestling, then flew a reckless challenge on Djenepo. Referee David Coote produced a second yellow card and West Ham ended the game with 10 men.