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Saints 0 West Ham 0
Updated 6:16pm Sunday 15th September 2013 in Sport
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- Jussi Jaaskelainen produces a string of fine saves to deny Saints
- Dani Osvaldo, Morgan Schneiderlin and Rickie Lambert all went close
- Saints now have five points from their opening four matches
- Rickie Lambert made his 200th appearance for the club
Saints will feel they should have won this and, had it not been for an inspired display from West Ham keeper Jussi Jaaskelainen, they probably would have. It is now five points from four games for Mauricio Pochettino's side, who will now head to Liverpool next Saturday. Thanks for joining us today. We will have reaction for you on the website later.
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CHANCE (84 mins): James Collins wastes a glorious opportunity for West Ham, as Matt Jarvis' cutback finds him unmarked 12 yards out. However, leaning back, the defender balloons his shot way over the bar.
WEST HAM SUB (77 mins): Ravel Morrison off, Matt Taylor on.
SAINTS SUB (77 mins): Luke Shaw off, Calum Chambers on. A slight knock, or perhaps cramp, forces Shaw off. Clyne moves to left back and Chambers goes to the right side of defence.
CHANCE (73 mins): Saints win the ball in midfield and break forward through Jay Rodriguez. He slips the ball to Rickie Lambert down the left channel, with the striker opening his body up and curling a beautiful strike towards the far corner, but Jussi Jaaskelainen is there again to deny Saints at full stretch.
SAINTS SUB (72 mins): Adam Lallana off, James Ward-Prowse on.
Joey O'Brien gets a booking for going through the back of Adam Lallana with a sliding challenge (70 mins).
WEST HAM SUB (67 mins): Modibo Maiga off, Ricardo Vaz Te on.
CHANCE (67 mins): Jay Rodriguez clips in a ball from the right edge of the penalty area and Morgan Schneiderlin connects with an acrobatic volley. It looks a certain goal, as the ball skids off the turf towards the corner of the net, but Jussi Jaaskelainen flings himself to his left to make a stunning one-handed stop.
Victor Wanyama cautioned for wiping out Ravel Morrison in midfield (66 mins).
Mark Noble booked for a late tackle on Dejan Lovren (64 mins).
WEST HAM SUB (62 mins): Guy Demel off, Razvan Rat on.
Pablo Osvaldo has been a threat today
CHANCE (61 mins): Rickie Lambert's crossfield pass picks out the run of Jay Rodriguez down the right. He controls the ball and cuts it back to Dani Osvaldo in space. The forward's right-foot shot is blocked by a sprawling James Collins, with some Saints players appealing for a handball. Nothing is given, though, with Morgan Schneiderlin then attempting an overhead kick that Winston Reid is able to head behind.
CHANCE (49 mins): Saints go so close to an opener, after Victor Wanyama hits a dipping volley from distance that Jussi Jaaskelainen has to tip over, before Rickie Lambert heads Adam Lallana's resulting corner against the inside of the post. The home side then appeal for a spot kick, saying Wanyama's follow-up shot hit James Collins on the arm, but referee Andre Marriner waves away the appeal.
The second half is underway here. Saints actually started with ten men, as Victor Wanyama was a bit late getting out to the pitch.
Not sure Kevin Nolan was too impressed with the challenge!
Here is Schneiderlin on Diame...
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West Ham's Mohamed Diame has been in the thick of the action.
He picked up the first yellow card of the game and then was then floored by Morgan Schneiderlin's tackle, with the Hammers furious not to get anything.
CHANCE (40 mins): Ravel Morrison whips an effort at goal from 25 yards, which goes just over the bar. Earlier, West Ham were furious after Morgan Schneiderlin's strong tackle on Mohamed Diame was not punished by Andre Marriner.
OFFSIDE (31 mins): Kevin Nolan slips Matt Jarvis in, who forces an excellent save from Artur Boruc, before Nolan fires home the rebound from long range. The goal doesn't stand, however, as Jarvis was flagged for offside when he was played in.
Mohamed Diame is cautioned after tripping Adam Lallana in midfield (29 mins).
CHANCE (23 mins): Rickie Lambert tests Jussi Jaaskelainen with a volley from 20 yards, after a West Ham clearance dropped to him. Lambert's effort was reasonably well struck, but the visiting keeper got down at his near post to hold the shot.
CHANCE (20 mins): Adam Lallana is dispossessed in midfield, with Kevin Nolan switching the ball in-field to Mohamed Diame. He unleashes a fierce effort from 30 yards out, but the ball flies over.
Here's the moment that Dani Osvaldo thought he was scoring his first Saints goal - only for Jussi Jaaskelainen to dramatically deny him...
CHANCE (11 mins): Dani Osvaldo is denied his first Saints goal by a magnificent save from Jussi Jaaskelainen. Jay Rodriguez turned on the afterburners down the left to blow past Guy Demel, with his cutback picking out an unmarked Osvaldo eight yards out. The Italian international hit a first-time right-foot shot that appeared certain to go in, but Jaaskelainen flung himself in the way and diverted it behind.
It's been a wet start to the day at St Mary's, as demonstrated by Mauricio Pochettino who has now abandoned the towel as he shouts from the touchline
CHANCE (7 mins): West Ham midfielder Mohamed Diame takes on Luke Shaw and pirouettes past him in the area to give himself a clear sight of goal from a tight angle, but his right-foot effort is well saved by Artur Boruc.
Referee Andre Marriner gets the match underway.
The teams are out here at St Mary's. Kick-off just a few moments away. We will have updates for you throughout the match, so stay with us...
Saints' club captain Kelvin Davis has written in his matchday programme notes about what the team can expect from West Ham...
The Hammers always provide you with a tough test as they play with a particular game plan that is tough to deal with, even though you know what to expect before the first whistle has blown. That said, we have played well against Sam Allrdyce's team at St Mary's in the last couple of years and always fancy our chances of doing well in front of our supporters.Saints keeper Kelvin Davis
A win for Saints today would move them into the top half of the table, for those who are paying attention to it at this early stage. Theoretically, they could go as high as fourth, but that would require a substantial goal-swing in their favour. The teams are out on the pitch at St Mary's and are going through their final warm-ups right now. The rain is still tumbling down, and it looks like it will be very slick conditions for today's match.
West Ham manager Sam Allardyce has been praising Saints' commitment to producing and, crucially, retaining their top young talent. Here is what he had to say this week...
Southampton have not only spent money, but have developed their own players, with I think three players under-21 in the side. Now they have got into the Premier League, instead of selling them, they are keeping hold of them - it is not like when Theo Walcott, Gareth Bale and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain all left, they are staying and then are adding to the squad to make themselves more sustainable in the Premier League. That is your first priority, and you then try to build from there, but the problem is, nobody is patient enough to let you grow gradually. If you can do that, then you can sustain yourselves in the Premier League for a long period of time.West Ham manager Sam Allardyce
Three changes for Saints from the team that lost 1-0 at Norwich, with Danny Fox, Calum Chambers and James Ward-Prowse being replaced by Luke Shaw, Nathaniel Clyne and Jay Rodriguez. Fox misses out with an ankle injury, but would likely have dropped out of the line-up anyway, with Shaw back at full fitness. Chambers and Ward-Prowse both drop to the bench. For West Ham, there is one change from the side that lost 1-0 at home to Stoke last time out, with Ravel Morrison replacing Stewart Downing.
SAINTS: Boruc; Clyne, Fonte, Lovren, Shaw; Schneiderlin, Wanyama; Lallana, Osvaldo, Rodriguez; Lambert.
Subs: K Davis, Hooiveld, Chambers, S Davis, Ward-Prowse, Ramirez, Do Prado.
WEST HAM: Jaaskelainen; Demel, Collins, Reid, O'Brien; Noble, Diame, Nolan; Morrison, Maiga, Jarvis.
Subs: Adrian, Rat, Tomkins, Collison, Taylor, Lee, Vaz Te.
Referee: Andre Marriner.
It's hosing down here at St Mary's and there is a bit of a breeze around, all of which which might not help matters out on the pitch today. The teams are due to be announced in about ten minutes.
It has been a big few weeks for this man, Rickie Lambert. Three caps for England, two goals and two assists, and now today he is due to make his 200th appearance for Saints.
Mauricio Pochettino spoke to the media on Friday about today's contest. You can watch a clip of what he had to say here...
Hello and welcome to our blog from St Mary's, covering this afternoon's match between Saints and West Ham. The clubs drew 1-1 in the corresponding fixture last season, and the indications are that this could be another tight affair, with both having four points from their opening four matches this term. Stay with us for the build-up, team news and match updates...
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