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West Ham 4 Saints 1
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- Saints suffer heavy defeat at West Ham
- Noble (2), Nolan and Maiga for the hosts
- Lallana with Saints' only effort
- Lambert started on bench after being dropped
FULL TIME: West Ham 4 Saints 1.
GOAL: West Ham 4 Saints 1 (Maiga 87): Substitute Modibo Maiga completes Saints' misery. This one is over.
GOAL: West Ham 3 Saints 1 (Noble pen 71): Fonte is penalised for handball. Noble tucks away his second of the match from the spot.
Double substitution for Saints in the 63rd minute. Lambert replaces Rodriguez and Mayuka is on for Puncheon.
GOAL: West Ham 2 Saints 1 (Lallana 61): Rodriguez swivels to set up Lallana who finishes crisply from inside the penalty box.
GOAL: West Ham 1 Saints 0 (Noble 47): Noble's chipped free kick from 35 yards eludes everyone and bounces into the far corner.
GOAL: West Ham 2 Saints 0 (Nolan 48): West Ham double lead straight away. Benayoun dispossesses Yoshida and squares for Nolan to tap in at back post.
Just minutes left of the first half now
Saints broke quickly and Puncheon had three untracked players to his right but didn't appear to see them as he tried a rollercoaster to maintain possession and then overhit a pass. Such a shame as that was a quick counter attack.
Still it is Saints who look the better side. Moving the ball well and containing West Ham's threat too.
The formation has been interesting - not so much the 4-4-2 that was expected with Rodriguez - who put a shot not far wide a few minutes ago - something of a lone striker with Jason Puncheon, Adam Lallana and Guly do Prado strung across behind him and Morgan Schneiderlin and Steven Davis as holiding midfielders in front of the back four.
Hooiveld involved at either end.
First a header from a corner is fielded by Jussi Jaaskelainen.
At the other end he is back on the line to clear from James Tomkins who headed goalwards after Boruc's punch.
It's been a fairly decent start for Saints. An early scare as Boruc's poor clearance found Carroll but his shot was blocked.
Saints are playing some nice football, West Ham far more direct.
Chances are at a premium.
The teams are out on the pitch. West Ham in their traditional claret and blue. Saints going with the Brazilian look - yellow shirts and blue shorts. Kick-off a few minutes away now. We'll have updates here throughout the match.
The players are disappearing back down the tunnel, having completed their pre-match warm-ups. Kick-off is now about ten minutes away.
Saints and West Ham met twice last season, with Tuesday night goal machine Jos Hooiveld netting vital strikes in each of the midweek evening matches. The centre half headed the only goal of the game at St Mary’s, as Saints prevailed 1-0, before his late effort at Upton Park ensured a 1-1 Valentine’s Day draw against the ten-man Irons. They proved to be vital strikes, as Saints held off West Ham to secure second place and automatic promotion, leaving Sam Allardyce’s men to negotiate the play-offs. Hooiveld will have the chance to continue his heroics against the east London club today, having been restored to the starting line-up. So far this season, the Dutchman’s goalscoring exploits have come at the wrong end of the pitch, twice putting through his own net.
The headline news is that Rickie Lambert has been dropped by Nigel Adkins, taking up a place on the bench. In his place comes Guly do Prado. Jos Hooiveld returns at centre half, with Maya Yoshida moving to left back. Artur Boruc makes his debut in goal. For West Ham, there are two changes. James Tomkins is in for Guy Demel, while Yossi Benayoun is in for the injured Ricardo Vaz Te.
WEST HAM: Jaaskelainen, Tomkins, Reid, Collins, McCartney, Noble, Nolan, Diame, Benayoun, Jarvis, Carroll.
Subs: Spiegel, Chambers, Spence, O'Neil, Maiga, Cole, Hall
SAINTS: Boruc, Clyne, Fonte, Hooiveld, Yoshida, Lallana, S Davis, Schneiderlin, Puncheon, Rodriguez, Do Prado.
Subs: Davis, Lambert, Seaborne, Mayuka, Reeves, Ward-Prowse, Chaplow.
Referee: Neil Swarbrick (Lancashire)
West Ham (last six, league only): L W D D W L
Saints (last six, league only): L L L W L D
Well they have matched us because they signed a £12million player in Gaston Ramirez during the transfer window. We only have Andy (Carroll) on loan, and we paid a lot less than that, so I think that they have gone out into the market and spent big like we all have to. What I do think is that we have coped with the Premier League very well at the start of this season and I also think we had a group of fixtures that were less challenging than Southampton’s. From a Premier League point of view our experience is probably better than theirs so hopefully that will be a telling factor on Saturday. Our confidence is also very high because we have been very good at home. I am hoping to see the same kind of performance that I saw against Aston Villa, Fulham and Sunderland. If we play like that we will create opportunities and have a very good chance of winning the game.West Ham manager Sam Allardyce
SAINTS INJURY NEWS: Record signing Gaston Ramirez will miss the trip to Upton Park with a thigh injury. The £12m man is expected to be absent for another four weeks, having already been out for the last two. He will be joined on the sidelines by Frazer Richardson, who is also suffering from a thigh injury. Jack Cork and Danny Butterfield are both suffering with knee problems, while Tadanari Lee (elbow) remains out. Nathaniel Clyne is set to return from a dead leg.
WEST HAM INJURY NEWS: Defenders Winston Reid and Guy Demel are West Ham's main concerns. Reid (back) and Demel (thigh) will have to prove their fitness ahead of the match, while the Hammers will also be without Ricardo Vaz Te who has had surgery on his dislocated shoulder and is facing three months out. Andy Carroll came through England duty unscathed and is expected to start up front, while Raphael Spiegel will back up Jussi Jaaskelainen in goal, with Stephen Henderson beginning his three-month loan with Ipswich.
Good afternoon and welcome to the Daily Echo’s blog covering today’s Premier League contest between Saints and West Ham, at Upton Park (or the Boleyn Ground, should you prefer). Nigel Adkins’ men are going in search of their first away point of the campaign, as they bid to close the gap on their fellow new boys. West Ham, who went up via the Championship play-offs last season, already hold a seven-point advantage over Saints. Kick-off today is at 3pm, and we will have team news for you when it becomes available, as well as updates throughout the match.