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13 April 2013
• St. Mary's Stadium, Southampton, Hampshire
Referee: M. Dean
• Attendance: 31984
G. Ramírez 59'
West Ham United
A. Carroll 66'
John Stammers at St Mary's Stadium: "Southampton and West Ham go home with a point each after a strange match at St Mary's. Chances were never easy to come by but when Gaston Ramirez put Saints ahead just before the hour mark you might have thought they would run away with it, after being slightly on top for the most. However the goal woke the Hammers up and Andy Carroll levelled the scores with a free-kick soon after - the match then ending 1-1. A win for either side would have seen them virtually safe from relegation, but in truth both teams will be happy with a point and will probably be in the top flight next season."
The full-time whistle leaves both sides on 38 points and heading for Premier League safety, with fortunate deflections helping each to a goal in the second half after a frenetic first half ended goalless. Southampton threatened more in attack through the excellent link-up play of target-man Rickie Lambert and versatile attackers Adam Lallana and Gaston Ramirez, as well as substitute Jay Rodriguez, but West Ham defended well and posed a physical threat in attack that perhaps merited a draw. Lambert had very nearly put the home side ahead in the first half after getting a touch to Ramirez's free kick, but the first period ended goalless and concluded with a series of arguments following sliding challenges. Attacker Ramirez finished neatly after his shot rebounded into his path off a sliding defender, but West Ham equalised after Andy Carroll's free kick was deflected past keeper Artur Boruc. Saints substitute Jay Rodriguez threatened for the Saints after his late introduction but could not change the result and each side leave St Mary's Stadium with a draw.
90' + 5'
The referee blows the full-time whistle at St Mary's Stadium.
90' + 4'
Danny Fox takes a free kick from the left flank but his delivery is headed away.
90' + 3'
Rodriguez strikes a powerful shot from outside the box towards the bottom left corner and Jaaskelainen can only spill the effort into Puncheon's path, but the attacker is unable to control the ball and is called offside anyway.
90' + 2'
Schneiderlin heads the ball away from the right-wing corner, and after West Ham put the ball back in from the right flank, Nolan is offside as he reaches the ball.
90' + 1'
West Ham win the ball in Southampton's half after a poor throw-in, and Yoshida concedes a corner after mishitting a clearance from a right-wing cross.
Southampton retain the ball on the edge of the Hammers' box but O'Neil is able to win a foul, allowing Jaaskelainen to clear.
Clyne attempts to launch a counter attack after the right-back is first to a West Ham header, but loses the ball with a heavy touch and Cork is forced to cover for him in defence.
West Ham win a throw-in on the right flank after Southampton repel an attack.
O'Brien heads away a left-wing cross for a throw-in, from which Cork floats in a cross towards Davis on the left edge of the six-yard box, but the Northern Ireland international is offside.
Ricardo Vaz Te
West Ham retain possession following Jaaskelainen's goal kick but Southampton win a throw-in on the left flank.
Lambert's free kick is blocked by the wall for a corner, which is taken short before a cross is headed away by Pogatetz.
Yellow Card Ricardo Vaz Te
Puncheon receives the ball on the right edge of the box and lofts a cross towards Lambert at the back post with his weaker right foot before Collins is able to clear. Vaz Te then concedes a foul on the edge of the box and receives a yellow card.
Southampton counter immediately and Rodriguez threatens the goal with an impressive driving run down the left edge of the box before cutting inside before a defender makes a well timed tackle.
West Ham win a corner on the right flank, and O'Neil's delivery is headed away by Schneiderlin at the near post before the ball is cleared away from Pogatetz by a defender.
Rodriguez wins another foul from Pogatetz near the right corner flag, and the Austria international defender is struggling to cope with the forward. Ramirez takes the corner and horribly overhits the delivery, prompting his substitution for the pacey winger Jason Puncheon.
West Ham counter through Carroll on the left flank, and the striker takes advantage of Hooiveld's slip to advance into the box and force a save from Boruc with a powerful shot.
Rodriguez impressively breaks past O'Brien before his low cross is cut out at the near post.
Southampton retain the ball in the middle of the park amid West Ham pressure before a quick exchange of passes on the left flank allows Rodriguez to shoot wide of the left post from the edge of the box.
West Ham cross the ball into the Southampton box but the Saints are able to clear.
Yellow Card Emanuel Pogatetz
Forward Jay Rodriguez, left on the bench after suffering from a virus, is introduced in place of Adam Lallana, and makes an immediate impact winning a free kick from Emanuel Pogatetz who makes a sliding challenge to end his run towards goal from the right flank and receives a yellow card.
Schneiderlin, Carroll, and Diame all receive treatment after an aerial clash in the centre circle, but manage to re-enter the pitch.
Vaz Te cuts in from the left flank and crosses the ball towards the near post. Hooiveld heads clear but Nolan challenges for the ball and heads the ball towards Collison, who turns neatly but shoots over the bar.
Southampton win a free kick on the right flank, and Ramirez attempts to curl the ball towards the back post but his effort drifts wide.
Assist Gary O'Neil
Goal Andy Carroll
Carroll equalises! O'Neil rolls the free kick to Carroll, whose low shot towards the bottom left corner deflects off the foot of Steven Davis to wrong-foot keeper Boruc before the ball nestles in the bottom right side of the goal.
Diame wins a free kick on the right edge of the Southampton box, and the Gary O'Neil, Carroll and Collins all stand over the ball.
West Ham win a corner from the left flank and after the delivery is headed on at the near post, Cork jumps backwards to make an excellent headed clearance that prevents Nolan from heading clear at the back post. Tomkins challenges for the ball immediately afterwards but appears injured and rolls off the pitch as West Ham continue the attack, but the Hammers are unable to equalise.
John Stammers at St Mary's Stadium: "Gaston Ramirez puts Southampton in the lead at St Mary's with an emphatic finish after his initial shot was blocked but fell kindly into his path, allowing him to beat Jussi Jaaskelainen in a one-on-one."
Goal G. Ramírez
Gaston Ramirez puts Southampton ahead! Artur Boruc hits a long ball far up the pitch and while James Tomkins heads the ball away, Ramirez controls the ball and advances towards the edge of the box. Both Collins and Tomkins dive in to block the shot, and when the ball rebounds off the Uruguayan he has a clear run at goal and finishes neatly over the diving Jaaskelainen to put his side ahead.
West Ham have seen more of the ball in the last few minutes and after the Hammers win a throw-in on the right flank, midfielder Jack Collison appears in place of the largely anonymous winger Matt Jarvis. Vaz Te appears to have switched flanks to the left side of the pitch.
Carroll shoots just wide! West Ham deliver a cross from the right flank and Southampton struggle to clear after Yoshida mistimes his header. The ball drops to Carroll outside the six-yard box and his shot rolls wide of the right post.
Ramirez picks up the ball on the edge of the box and after his shot is blocked, he dribbles past the defence before appealing for a corner after his cross is blocked. The referee awards a goal kick however.
Steven Davis stands up to the powerful Diame and puts the ball out of play for a throw-in after the West Ham midfielder attempts to break past him.
Clyne's pass is intercepted by Carroll and O'Brien looks to hit a long ball out to the right edge of the box but the Saints win the ball and advance up the pitch before looking back to retain possession. Ramirez gives the ball back after attempting an ambitious long pass to Lambert which runs out of play for a goal kick.
Clyne drifts in from the right flank but Lambert is unable to keep possession following the right-back's pass.
Hooiveld aims a long ball out to the left flank and Southampton win a free kick after a foul from Vaz Te. The Saints play the ball back to Boruc who gives the ball away with an inaccurate goal kick blown off course by the strong wind.
The referee gets the second half underway at St Mary's Stadium.
Southampton have been unable to break through West Ham's defence so far despite having much more possession in a match that has developed an aggressive undercurrent as the half went on amid heavy rain. The Saints have been pressing high up the pitch in an attempt to exploit any errors in possession from the Hammers, while playing a high line to force the powerful aerial threat Andy Carroll away from goal, but have accrued yellow cards to Morgan Schneiderlin and Danny Fox in the course of stopping potentially dangerous counterattacks. Rickie Lambert has drifted out to the flanks to good effect, creating a good chance for Adam Lallana mid-way through the half, but the Hammers' James Collins-led back line has proved organised. Lambert almost broke the deadlock from a Gaston Ramirez free kick and forced an excellent save from Jussi Jaaskelainen, but the teams head in at 0-0. Sam Allardyce's side have so far appeared content to contain the Saints and look to counter through Carroll's aerial ability and the pace of Ricardo Vaz Te and Mohamed Diame, and it will be interesting to see whether he will change his approach at some point.
John Stammers at St Mary's Stadium: "After a promising opening 10 minutes or so this game has really failed to get going. Southampton have just about had the better of the play while still failing to create many chances of note - bar a late header from Rickie Lambert that flashed just past the post. As for West Ham, they have caused the hosts some problems physically but have found openings few and far between. Let's hope the managers have some words at the break and the teams improve at the restart."
45' + 2'
The referee blows the half-time whistle at St Mary's Stadium.
45' + 1'
Steven Davis cross the ball with his left foot but Collins heads clear. Southampton however win the ball back and after O'Brien challenges Ramirez for the ball on the edge of the box, a neat, chipped pass from Clyne, Cork's cross is met with an excellent header from Lambert that flies just wide of the top left corner.
Yoshida's long ball runs through to Jaaskelainen, as both teams appear to be calming down and waiting for the half-time whistle.
Fox slides to concede a throw-in as Demel looks to attack down the right flank.
Yellow Card Andy Carroll
Carroll is yellow carded after an attempt to win the ball in an aerial challenge. In the wet conditions, sliding challenges have often lacked control and the match has become noticeably bad-tempered approaching half-time.
Ramirez's free kick from the right flank flies wide at the base of the left post.
The Saints react angrily after Kevin Nolan makes a sliding challenge on Schneiderlin outside the box, and an argument ensues between the two sets of players.
Andy Carroll fouls in an attempt to win an aerial challenge, and the referee awards Southampton a free kick.
Schneiderlin challenges Mohamed Diame and appears to make a tactical foul to stop the counter-attack, which is dangerous for the Saints given he is already on a yellow card.
Ramirez takes another free kick from well outside the box, this time forcing Jaaskelainen to collect the ball in a situation in which had the ball bounced, the skid off the wet surface would have posed serious problems for the goalkeeper.
John Stammers at St Mary's Stadium: "Jussi Jaaskelainen gets down low to deny a toe poked effort from Rickie Lambert's outstretched boot - Southampton feel the ball has crossed the line but the referee says no and it looks to be the correct call."
Jaaskelainen makes an excellent save to deny Lambert! Southampton win a free kick on the right flank and Ramirez whips in an excellent inswinging cross with his left foot. Lambert stretches to send the ball towards the bottom left corner but the keeper saves with the help of the post, as the Saints argue that the ball crossed the line.
Southampton win a corner from the left flank but the delivery is headed clear.
After Lambert receives the ball on the left flank he neatly picks out Lallana on the edge of the six-yard box, but the attacker is unable to turn and shoot.
Collins heads away a long ball and the Hammers are able to clear despite four Southampton players looking to press immediately. Should West Ham have lost concentration in that situation the Saints would have been well placed to launch an immediate attack.
Vaz Te shows impressive pace to beat left-back Fox on the outside of the right flank and rolls the ball back across the box for Nolan to shoot at goal, but centre-back Jos Hooiveld is well-positioned to block the shot.
Demel wins a throw-in by the right corner flag, from which Vaz Te attempts a low cross that is intercepted without trouble. Ramirez dribbles the ball up the pitch on the counter but his attempt at a through ball is cut out.
The delivery from the left flank is headed wide by Yoshida, but the Japan international centre-back is penalised for a foul on O'Brien.
Collins concedes a free kick in the West Ham half. Lambert powerfully shoots the ball from a long way out, and hits the wall winning a corner.
Andy Carroll concedes a free kick as he tussles with Cork in the Southampton box in an attempt to receive the free kick.
Yellow Card Daniel Fox
Maya Yoshida confidently exchanges passes with keeper Boruc before launching a long ball up the pitch, but after West Ham win the ball back, left-back Danny Fox receives a yellow card after his sliding challenge on Demel.
West Ham attempt to play the ball out from the back but Schneiderlin advances well ahead of his central midfield position and prevent the move from continuing. West Ham instead win a throw-in from the left flank.
O'Brien receives the ball back after taking the throw-in and appears frustrated as he challenges Schneiderlin for the ball.
West Ham look to attack down the right flank and win a throw-in, taken by Demel. Gary O'Neil crosses the ball into the box from the left flank and the Hammers win another throw-in on the opposite side.
Jack Cork advances towards the edge of the box and chips an audacious pass to Lallana down the right side of the box. The attacker rolls the ball across the face of the box but right-back Guy Demel is able to shepherd the ball out of play to deny Cork a tap-in.
Southampton have had much more possession in the past few minutes. When the Saints give the ball away they quickly press and successfully win it back, and they appear to be settling into the home match.
John Stammers at St Mary's Stadium: "Southampton right-back Nathaniel Clyne is having a stormer in these early stages at St Mary's. The defender has not only made a couple of tidy blocks at the back but is also the hosts' main threat down the right flank at the moment. Firstly he linked up well with Morgan Schneiderlin before almost mustering up a chance, before beating his man and getting a cross in the box moments ago. Still 0-0, though."
Southampton construct an excellent attack down the right flank. Rickie Lambert drifts wide to receive the ball before finding Morgan Schneiderlin, who plays a one-two with Nathaniel Clyne who runs into the box before Collins clears.
Jaaskelainen claims a cross after Southampton work the ball out to the left flank before whipping the ball in.
Gaston Ramirez irritates left-back Joey O'Brien when he attempts to win the ball off the West Ham defender while he is on the floor and O'Brien remonstrates with the Uruguayan on getting to his feet.
The corner from the left flank is overhit, but after West Ham pass the ball out to the right flank, Ricardo Vaz Te is able to strike a powerful shot narrowly over the bar from outside the left edge of the box.
John Stammers at St Mary's Stadium: "Southampton keeper Artur Boruc just about holds on to a low shot from Kevin Nolan - it's a slippery surface out there after plenty of rain this miserable Saturday."
James Collins strikes the ball powerfully into the wall and the ball falls out wide on the left. The Hammers deliver the ball into the box and Kevin Nolan gets his shot away from the edge of the box, forcing keeper Artur Boruc into a save.
Gaston Ramirez makes a sliding challenge on Andy Carroll but loses control in the slippery conditions and concedes a foul outside the left edge of the box.
Yellow Card Morgan Schneiderlin
Tomkins heads away a Southampton long ball but with the Saints having moved up into an advanced position, Lallana is first to the loose ball and Southampton look to build an attack before midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin concedes a free kick.
John Stammers at St Mary's Stadium: "James Tomkins makes a fine sliding tackle to block Southampton's Adam Lallana's effort after he breaks in behind the West Ham defence. It's been a decent start from the hosts here."
The Hammers head away Lallana's delivery and although the ball comes back to them, the defence are eventually able to clear.
Southampton retain possession on the right flank before Steven Davis receives the ball in the middle of the West Ham half and slides a through ball into Adam Lallana, but centre-back James Tomkins slides the ball out for a corner.
The referee gets the game underway at St Mary's Stadium!
John Stammers at St Mary's Stadium: "Gary O'Neil, who used to turn out for Southampton's bitter rivals Portsmouth, will line up against the Saints for West Ham this afternoon. The midfielder knows he's in line for some stick but insisted to reporters during the week that he is still "looking forward" to the clash. Hammers substitute Matthew Taylor is another to have played for Pompey in his past, and will no doubt also be jeered should he make an appearance from the bench."
John Stammers at St Mary's Stadium: "Also in today's match programme, Southampton club captain Kelvin Davis reveals the team were "very hurt" by their 4-1 loss away at West Ham earlier in the season. The keeper admits the defeat will probably be talked about in the dressing room before the rematch this afternoon, but is adamant Saints are a "very different" team compared to the one that "didn't play anywhere near [their] potential" at Upton Park."
John Stammers at St Mary's Stadium: "Southampton boss Mauricio Pochettino labels today's clash with West Ham an "interesting challenge" in his programme notes. The Argentine praises his players for their impressive recent form in both attack and defence - after a run of four matches without a loss in which they have conceded just twice - but insists they "do not intend to slow down now" as they search for as many points as possible before the end of the season."
The Hammers, meanwhile, have Andy Carroll back after he was ineligible for the draw with Liverpool but are still without Joe Cole (thigh) and Mark Noble (shoulder).
Southampton are without Luke Shaw (virus) for West Ham's visit, however Jay Rodriguez and Jason Puncheon recover from the illness to make the bench while Adam Lallana is back from injury and starts alongside Steven Davis and Gaston Ramirez behind Rickie Lambert.
West Ham: Jaaskelainen; Demel, Tomkins, Collins, O'Brien; Diame, O'Neil; Vaz Te, Nolan, Jarvis; Carroll. Substitutes: Henderson, Potts, Pogatetz, Taylor, Collison, C.Cole, Paulista.
Southampton: Boruc; Clyne, Hooiveld, Yoshida, Fox; Cork, Schneiderlin; Ramirez, Lallana, S.Davis; Lambert. Substitutes: K.Davis, Fonte, Ward-Prowse, Guly, Puncheon, Mayuka, Rodriguez.
John Stammers at St Mary's Stadium: "Most of the omens point to a home victory here at St Mary's this afternoon, with Southampton losing just once in their last 10 home matches against West Ham. The Saints are also on their best Premier League run since 2003 (though they spent most of the last decade out of the top flight) after amassing three wins on the bounce. They haven't managed four on the trot since 2001 under Glenn Hoddle, though, and Sam Allardyce will be hoping his men can keep it that way."
John Stammers LIVE: "Greetings from St Mary's where we shall see two newly promoted sides fighting to reach the magical 40 point mark do battle in the Premier League this afternoon. Both Southampton and West Ham currently sit with 37, and are 11th and 12th position in the table respectively, with only one team from the 33 clubs relegated in the past 11 seasons falling to the Championship with more than 40 points. And who was that team? It was the Hammers, who went down with a total of 42 points in their 2002/03 campaign."
Hello and welcome to Goal.com's LIVE commentary as Southampton take on West Ham at St Mary's Stadium. I'm @arthurvirgo here to talk through the events, and you can get involved on Twitter @GoalUK
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