Saints run comes to an end at West Ham

Saints run comes to an end at West Ham

Saints run comes to an end at West Ham

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Saints’ six game unbeaten run in the Premier League came to an end as they were beaten 3-1 by West Ham at Upton Park.

Mauricio Pochettino’s team were aiming to make it three away wins in a row and six for the season as he reversed all six changes he had made for the FA Cup defeat at Sunderland.

It all looked to be going their way as Maya Yoshida headed Saints into an early lead.

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However, despite dominating possession for large swathes of the game, goals from Matt Jarvis, Carlton Cole and Kevin Nolan gave the Hammers victory.

Kevin Nolan inspired West Ham to fourth successive Premier League victory as Saints were left to rue missed opportunities at Upton Park.

The east Londoners' rise shows no sign of abating, with their 100 per cent record in February taking them from the relegation zone to the dizzy heights of 10th.

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West Ham had to ride their luck at times against a Southampton side unbeaten in six league matches, but impressively came from behind to secure a 3-1 victory on home soil.

This is the first time the Hammers have won four consecutive top-flight matches since the end of the 2006/07 season and a run which surely makes Sam Allardyce a shoo-in for manager of the month, just weeks after his future looked in jeopardy.

A tight defence has been key to that upturn, but hopes of a fifth successive top-flight clean sheet evaporated after just eight minutes, when Mark Clattenburg, in charge of a Saints match for the first time since the club complained about his conduct, awarded a free-kick for a foul on Adam Lallana, from which Maya Yoshida nodded the visitors ahead.

Saints were looking impressive, but the match turned on its head in a crazy three-minute spell in the first half, with Matt Jarvis drawing the Hammers level after meeting a fine long ball by Nolan.

Calls for offside were waved away and Mauricio Pochettino's side were soon behind, with Carlton Cole following up his header off the bar to fire past Artur Boruc.

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West Ham target Rickie Lambert hit a post as half-time approached and Southampton continued to press for a leveller in a second half they dominated.

However, they were made to rue their flurry of missed cha nces as Nolan acrobatically turned home his sixth goal in nine matches to secure West Ham three points.

This was Southampton's first league defeat since New Year's Day - a result that looked unlikely at the start.

Lallana spearheaded the bright opening spell and was adjudged by Clattenburg to have been taken down by James Tomkins, with Yoshida rising highest to direct Steven Davis' free-kick past Adrian.

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It was the first league goal conceded by West Ham since January 18 and, in truth, it could have come earlier was it not for Guy Demel's timely early challenge on Jay Rodriguez.

Saints were moving the ball around with confidence, but the Hammers were beginning to settle and Nolan prodded goalward after Demel crossed from the right.

While the east Londoners improved, few could have predicted the way the match would swing during a frantic three-minutes spell.

Out of nothing, Nolan showed impressive vision to launch the ball into the path of Jarvis, who had got behind the Saints defence. He controlled well and slotted his finish through the on-rushing Boruc's legs.

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Calls for offside against the West Ham winger came to nothing and the stunned visitors were soon picking the ball out of their net again thanks to Cole, who reacted quickly after seeing a powerful header rattle the bar to crash home.

It was quite a turnaround and the hosts' new-found confidence was epitomised by even James Collins trying an effort from distance.

Saints eventually composed themselves after a sloppy spell and came close to drawing level in the 32nd minute, with Lambert beating Collins in the air to head a Jack Cork cross on to a post.

The visitors continued to pour forward, with Lallana, Calum Chambers and Luke Shaw all attempting to force a goal before the break.

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Stewart Downing saw a cross just evade Nolan as the first half came to a close, with Southampton returning after half-time rejuvenated.

The visitors claimed to no avail that Collins handled in the box eight minutes after the restart before Shaw stung the palms of Adrian.

The West Ham goalkeeper also produced a fine save to deny Morgan Schneiderlin, unaware the offside flag had been raised, as Saints continued in the ascendancy, with Collins heading over at the other end in a rare forage forward.

The Welsh centre-back was soon back defending his own goal - attempting to at any rate. Shaw showed fantastic pace to dart past Collins on the left, only for Lallana to just fail to turn the ball goalward.

Substitute Gaston Ramirez was the next to leave the Hammers defender for dead, flicking the ball through his legs and continuing to lash just over.

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Lallana turned wide under pressure after a misplaced Demel header and those missed chances proved costly as Nolan acrobatically turned home in the 71st minute.

With Saints' centre-backs doubling up on Cole from a Downing cross, the ball ran dropped kindly for Nolan to score.

The Hammers captain left the field to a standing ovation soon after, replaced by Winston Reid.

Fellow substitute Mohamed Diame fired against the crossbar with a fine long-range effort, but it was Saints on top for the remainder of the match.

Adrian did well to tip a low Lallana shot around a post and Yoshida saw a header blocked, while Rodriguez and Ramirez also came close before the final whistle, but it was not to be for Saints.

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5:37pm Sat 22 Feb 14

warrens 76 says...

I posted this yesterday to a resounding - thumbs down…

"Our passing football is at times sublime perhaps as good as any in the top four, our pressing is definately top four however our finishing is woeful…

…indeed most teams in the league do not create our ratio of chances not by a long chalk…..

..virtually everyone though converts a higher percentage than us and by quite a margin, were we to be average on conversion ratio then combined with our pressing and passing and chances created right now, today, this minute we would be third.

What makes this so hard to swallow is that WHU, Sunderland, are exactly the type of teams who can exploit this weakness ….

I just do not see us coming up with the goods tomorrow when for an entire season this type of team if you can call them that have been our nemesis."

So tell me was I wrong?..

I turned off the livestream because I just could not take it anymore…

..seriously watching us is like being the best looking guy at the party, having the chat, the humor, buying the girl dinner and she still shags your mate…

..really really fcuked off not just because of the result and it's sheer predictability but because even at the start of the season our lack of scoring was so obvious….

..this problem I have harped on about all blooody season, how or why is it not addressed, it is not new, not a surprise it is OBVIOUS…what do we do.
I posted this yesterday to a resounding - thumbs down… "Our passing football is at times sublime perhaps as good as any in the top four, our pressing is definately top four however our finishing is woeful… …indeed most teams in the league do not create our ratio of chances not by a long chalk….. ..virtually everyone though converts a higher percentage than us and by quite a margin, were we to be average on conversion ratio then combined with our pressing and passing and chances created right now, today, this minute we would be third. What makes this so hard to swallow is that WHU, Sunderland, are exactly the type of teams who can exploit this weakness …. I just do not see us coming up with the goods tomorrow when for an entire season this type of team if you can call them that have been our nemesis." So tell me was I wrong?.. I turned off the livestream because I just could not take it anymore… ..seriously watching us is like being the best looking guy at the party, having the chat, the humor, buying the girl dinner and she still shags your mate… ..really really fcuked off not just because of the result and it's sheer predictability but because even at the start of the season our lack of scoring was so obvious…. ..this problem I have harped on about all blooody season, how or why is it not addressed, it is not new, not a surprise it is OBVIOUS…what do we do. warrens 76
  • Score: 17

5:49pm Sat 22 Feb 14

Rising_Son says...

warrens 76 wrote:
I posted this yesterday to a resounding - thumbs down…

"Our passing football is at times sublime perhaps as good as any in the top four, our pressing is definately top four however our finishing is woeful…

…indeed most teams in the league do not create our ratio of chances not by a long chalk…..

..virtually everyone though converts a higher percentage than us and by quite a margin, were we to be average on conversion ratio then combined with our pressing and passing and chances created right now, today, this minute we would be third.

What makes this so hard to swallow is that WHU, Sunderland, are exactly the type of teams who can exploit this weakness ….

I just do not see us coming up with the goods tomorrow when for an entire season this type of team if you can call them that have been our nemesis."

So tell me was I wrong?..

I turned off the livestream because I just could not take it anymore…

..seriously watching us is like being the best looking guy at the party, having the chat, the humor, buying the girl dinner and she still shags your mate…

..really really fcuked off not just because of the result and it's sheer predictability but because even at the start of the season our lack of scoring was so obvious….

..this problem I have harped on about all blooody season, how or why is it not addressed, it is not new, not a surprise it is OBVIOUS…what do we do.
I basically agree, but you are getting repetitive.
[quote][p][bold]warrens 76[/bold] wrote: I posted this yesterday to a resounding - thumbs down… "Our passing football is at times sublime perhaps as good as any in the top four, our pressing is definately top four however our finishing is woeful… …indeed most teams in the league do not create our ratio of chances not by a long chalk….. ..virtually everyone though converts a higher percentage than us and by quite a margin, were we to be average on conversion ratio then combined with our pressing and passing and chances created right now, today, this minute we would be third. What makes this so hard to swallow is that WHU, Sunderland, are exactly the type of teams who can exploit this weakness …. I just do not see us coming up with the goods tomorrow when for an entire season this type of team if you can call them that have been our nemesis." So tell me was I wrong?.. I turned off the livestream because I just could not take it anymore… ..seriously watching us is like being the best looking guy at the party, having the chat, the humor, buying the girl dinner and she still shags your mate… ..really really fcuked off not just because of the result and it's sheer predictability but because even at the start of the season our lack of scoring was so obvious…. ..this problem I have harped on about all blooody season, how or why is it not addressed, it is not new, not a surprise it is OBVIOUS…what do we do.[/p][/quote]I basically agree, but you are getting repetitive. Rising_Son
  • Score: -2

5:51pm Sat 22 Feb 14

iswhite10 says...

Gutted
Gutted iswhite10
  • Score: -1

5:59pm Sat 22 Feb 14

Thecampster says...

Last couple o games not been good, but overall not a bad season up till now.

Not scoring enough goals, never thought we would get above 9 or 10th this season anyway,

But we should def tried harder in the cups, big let down.

We will be ok.
Last couple o games not been good, but overall not a bad season up till now. Not scoring enough goals, never thought we would get above 9 or 10th this season anyway, But we should def tried harder in the cups, big let down. We will be ok. Thecampster
  • Score: -1

6:30pm Sat 22 Feb 14

peregrine73 says...

Even with the reputation as hoof it,wet spam have achieved 4 wins in a row,
Quality aside that's facts!. As per the season so far, chances were made,but not converted! Until we take these many chances we will not move forward.MP has to take the responsibility for this,improved tactics and squad strengthening will be only way forward.MP position to be called a great manager will be detirmented by the next 12 months decisions.
In
Even with the reputation as hoof it,wet spam have achieved 4 wins in a row, Quality aside that's facts!. As per the season so far, chances were made,but not converted! Until we take these many chances we will not move forward.MP has to take the responsibility for this,improved tactics and squad strengthening will be only way forward.MP position to be called a great manager will be detirmented by the next 12 months decisions. In peregrine73
  • Score: 3

8:25pm Sat 22 Feb 14

eastsidemush says...

Warrens 76 wrote...
'..seriously watching us is like being the best looking guy at the party, having the chat, the humor, buying the girl dinner and she still shags your mate…'

Had to laugh at that analogy Warrens.
Sadly, there's more than a hint of truth about it.
Warrens 76 wrote... '..seriously watching us is like being the best looking guy at the party, having the chat, the humor, buying the girl dinner and she still shags your mate…' Had to laugh at that analogy Warrens. Sadly, there's more than a hint of truth about it. eastsidemush
  • Score: 5

3:11am Sun 23 Feb 14

Sammy2sheds says...

Poch signed osvaldo to finish theses chances and he let us down
We need a quality striker
We need to sign.....michu
Poch signed osvaldo to finish theses chances and he let us down We need a quality striker We need to sign.....michu Sammy2sheds
  • Score: 3

7:58am Sun 23 Feb 14

SPIKEISLANDTRADER says...

Possession / skill / quality and stamina . We now need a FINISHER
If we get a goal scorer or POACHER ,then these games will be WON . C O Y R
Possession / skill / quality and stamina . We now need a FINISHER If we get a goal scorer or POACHER ,then these games will be WON . C O Y R SPIKEISLANDTRADER
  • Score: 1

9:10am Sun 23 Feb 14

O_crusti says...

SPIKEISLANDTRADER wrote:
Possession / skill / quality and stamina . We now need a FINISHER
If we get a goal scorer or POACHER ,then these games will be WON . C O Y R
We probably need 2.
Rickie is always first on the team sheet, but how long can he last?
Lets recall Mayuka, increase the competition for 2nd place, I dont want to hold up Sams progress but Mayuka may just be what we need right now.
[quote][p][bold]SPIKEISLANDTRADER[/bold] wrote: Possession / skill / quality and stamina . We now need a FINISHER If we get a goal scorer or POACHER ,then these games will be WON . C O Y R[/p][/quote]We probably need 2. Rickie is always first on the team sheet, but how long can he last? Lets recall Mayuka, increase the competition for 2nd place, I dont want to hold up Sams progress but Mayuka may just be what we need right now. O_crusti
  • Score: 1

2:12pm Sun 23 Feb 14

Saintsandcheese says...

I personally wouldn't even consider RL as our main striker and how long he has left...I think we do need a finisher such as Bent etc. Someone with pace who can get on the end of these fantastic balls that the guys are putting in. RL I think is a big part of the team but I'd have him more of a Rooney role now like a CF position. He plays fantastic balls around the pitch and his vision is spectacular. He gets the ball in the middle, plays it out to the wings - Lallana and J-Rod and they work it back to the box where we can't but it in the back of the net so well.
The whole team are playing fantastic and deserve so much credit. We just need the icing on the cake. In my opinion.
I personally wouldn't even consider RL as our main striker and how long he has left...I think we do need a finisher such as Bent etc. Someone with pace who can get on the end of these fantastic balls that the guys are putting in. RL I think is a big part of the team but I'd have him more of a Rooney role now like a CF position. He plays fantastic balls around the pitch and his vision is spectacular. He gets the ball in the middle, plays it out to the wings - Lallana and J-Rod and they work it back to the box where we can't but it in the back of the net so well. The whole team are playing fantastic and deserve so much credit. We just need the icing on the cake. In my opinion. Saintsandcheese
  • Score: 4

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