Southampton 0 West Ham United 0 – St. Mary’s clash goes goalless as Said Benrahma denied late winner
2020-21 English Premier League report: Southampton vs. West Ham United – Tuesday, 29th December 2020
Southampton 0 West Ham United 0 – St. Mary's stadium
Southampton's bid to move into the Top four came a cropper as they played out a goalless draw with a visiting West Ham side on Tuesday night at the St. Mary's stadium.
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David Moyes made five changes to the West Ham starting XI after an unsatisfactory display in a 2-2 draw against Brighton, with Andriy Yarmolenko and Manuel Lanzini coming in. The Hammers started on a below-par note as Southampton came out sharp off the blocks.
Danny Ings who looked doubtful for the match a day before, returned from injury to almost put the Saints in the lead in as early as the 6th minute when he took a cut-back from Che Adams, waltzed past a couple of defenders and slotted the ball in.
But VAR had the goal disallowed as Adams was found offside in the build-up. Despite the Saints dominating the proceedings, West ham were able to carve out a few chances of their own on the break.
Ryan Fredericks failed to connect an incisive pass from a few yards away while Tomas Soucek could not bury in the ball with a gaping goal in front of him. Pablo Fornals created another chance for the Hammers after some deft one-two with Aaron Cresswell, as he landed a cross to Manuel Lanzini inside the area, but the Argentine blazed his shot over.
The Hammers despite a 37 per cent possession looked more the side likely to score. The early part of the second-half saw Yarmolenko weave his way into the rival box but fail to pummel one in with his favoured left foot as Oriol Romeu effected a timely interception to deny the Ukrainian a goal.
Southampton's time on the ball didn't count for much as their only chances apart from the Ings' disallowed goal came from distances with James Ward-Prowse firing over from a free-kick and Theo Walcott threatening Fabianski with a dipping long-range effort.
West Ham had the best opportunity to put the game to bed when Said Benrahma got himself well inside the area but his close-range attempt was brilliantly saved by rival keeper Alex McCarthy.
Conspicuous by his absence from the sidelines was Saints coach Ralph Hasenhuttl who had to work from home via a video link, as he was self-isolating after a member of his household tested positive for coronavirus.
Southampton starting XI in a 4-2-2-2 formation: McCarthy (goal); Walker-Peters, Bednarek, Stephens, Bertrand; Ward-Prowse, Romeu; Walcott, Djenepo (Armstrong 78); Ings , Adams 5 (Long, 58)
Subs: Forster, Obafemi, Valery, Smallbone, Salisu, Diallo, Vokins
West Ham starting XI in a 4-4-1-1 formation: Fabianski (goal); Fredericks, Dawson, Ogbonna, Creswell; Yarmolenko (Bowen 72), Rice, Soucek, Fornals; Lanzini (Benrahma 60); Haller 5 (Antonio 77)
Subs: Randolph, Coufal, Snodgrass, Noble, Diop, Johnson
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