Noble effort too much for Saints

Daily Echo: Saints scorer Adam Lallana clashes with West Ham’s Mark Noble Saints scorer Adam Lallana clashes with West Ham’s Mark Noble

West Ham 4 Southampton 1

Mark Noble's brace helped West Ham continue their fine start to life back in the top flight at the expense of fellow new boys Southampton.

The Hammers have adapted to life in the Barclays Premier League far better than the side that finished above them in the Championship and picked up their fourth win of the campaign today.

After a dour first half at Upton Park, Sam Allardyce's men came flying out of the blocks after the restart and netted twice in a three-minute spell.

Noble broke the deadlock with a 40-yard free-kick that drifted past debutant goalkeeper Artur Boruc, before captain Kevin Nolan tapped home a Yossi Benayoun cross at the back post.

Southampton threatened a comeback when Adam Lallana exquisitely fired home, but Noble netted a penalty before substitute Modibo Maiga superbly curled home to secure the three points.

West Ham looked the brighter side early on but Southampton earned the game's first corner with Jay Rodriguez inches away from directing home Jason Puncheon's loss cross.

It was one of several threatening moments by the visitors for whom goalkeeper Boruc was looking shaky.

The former Celtic man became the third different goalkeeper to start for Saints this season and had Andy Carroll to thank for not making the most of an awful clearance early on.

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Boruc was playing behind a re-jigged backline in east London as Southampton juggled injuries and attempted to thwart West Ham's aerial threat.

Jos Hooiveld returned to the side as a result of the changes and had to be alert to clear a James Tomkins header off the line.

The Dutch defender saw his own header on goal saved by Jussi Jaaskelainen moments earlier and in the 21st minute Rodriguez put a snapshot just wide.

The £6million striker also fired a free-kick over as Saints tried to break the deadlock, with team-mates Maya Yoshida and Guly do Prado soon miscuing their own long-range efforts.

There were fears for Tomkins when he appeared to twist his knee, but he continued after treatment as West Ham upped the ante.

The home side were struggling to create any clear-cut chances, though, as Southampton went into half-time without conceding for the first time since their return to the Premier League.

However, the Saints defence was breached less than a minute into the second half.

Collins could not quite get a toe on Noble's floated 40-yard free-kick, but it bounced in the six-yard box and flew past Boruc.

The opener was followed moments later by West Ham's second after a poor Do Prado pass was not dealt with by Yoshida.

Benayoun won the ball from the Japan international and his low cross was met at the back post by Nolan, who tapped home from close range.

Only the fine reactions of Boruc prevented the Hammers captain making it three in the 61st minute as he ghosted in and directed a quickly-taken free-kick goalwards.

The save proved invaluable as Saints reduced the deficit two minutes later when Lallana turned beautifully to strike a half-volley past Jaaskelainen from close range.

The goal came thanks to the hard work - and wayward shot - of Rodriguez, who was replaced by Rickie Lambert immediately afterwards.

Saints' top scorer was surprisingly left out of the starting line-up and came on at the same time as Emmanuel Mayuka, although it was the former that made an immediate impact.

First the 30-year-old saw a 20-yard free-kick just go over, before heading a Nathaniel Clyne cross wide.

Southampton were threatening to quieten the home support but undid all their good work when Fonte handled as he challenged Carroll.

Noble fired home the resulting spot-kick, allowing the Hammers to coast from the 72nd minute onwards.

Mayuka tested Jaaskelainen as West Ham endured some nervy moments, but Maiga put the match out of sight three minutes from time, running at the Saints defence and sending a curling left-footed effort home.

See Monday's Daily Echo for match reoport and analysis

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7:39pm Sat 20 Oct 12

numansaints says...

Time for a change in manager before its just too late. I know we have played well in games but unfortunately there is not a column on the league table that shows that. It's all about getting points on the board.
Time for a change in manager before its just too late. I know we have played well in games but unfortunately there is not a column on the league table that shows that. It's all about getting points on the board. numansaints
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7:47pm Sat 20 Oct 12

Kings Lynn Saint says...

Right, I don't comment much on this website, I usually read and digest others thoughts and views. I will offer my own opinion (for what it's worth) from time to time, and this is one of those times.

I must admit I've not read the comments on the match thread, so I apologise if I repeat what's already been said by others.

Something has to change!!!! My first "suggestion" is for NA to maybe change his tactics, especially away from home. Obviously this attractive, attacking, passing game isn't working. We CANNOT be a worse team than Wet Spam because based on last season, we were the better team overall. Neither of us have improved more than the other (in my opinion). That means todays result is atrocious. How many goals have we conceded?????

My second suggestion would be, and I hate to say this, but f NA doesn't, can't or won't look a changing tactics, then maybe its about time he DID go. BUT, who would be better????

That's all from me for now, thanks for reading.
Right, I don't comment much on this website, I usually read and digest others thoughts and views. I will offer my own opinion (for what it's worth) from time to time, and this is one of those times. I must admit I've not read the comments on the match thread, so I apologise if I repeat what's already been said by others. Something has to change!!!! My first "suggestion" is for NA to maybe change his tactics, especially away from home. Obviously this attractive, attacking, passing game isn't working. We CANNOT be a worse team than Wet Spam because based on last season, we were the better team overall. Neither of us have improved more than the other (in my opinion). That means todays result is atrocious. How many goals have we conceded????? My second suggestion would be, and I hate to say this, but f NA doesn't, can't or won't look a changing tactics, then maybe its about time he DID go. BUT, who would be better???? That's all from me for now, thanks for reading. Kings Lynn Saint
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8:01pm Sat 20 Oct 12

I 4-1 think your going down :) says...

Hahahahahaha that is all!
Hahahahahaha that is all! I 4-1 think your going down :)
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8:20pm Sat 20 Oct 12

SaintMax says...

We need to learn how to park our bus away from home (and at home most the time), and potentially catch better teams than us on the break.
Whilst I have confidence and faith in NA and the team it's not blind faith.
The team is good enough but they aren't set up right. That's in NA's court.
We need to learn how to park our bus away from home (and at home most the time), and potentially catch better teams than us on the break. Whilst I have confidence and faith in NA and the team it's not blind faith. The team is good enough but they aren't set up right. That's in NA's court. SaintMax
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8:40pm Sat 20 Oct 12

OSPREYSAINT says...

Lala is off the mark, more to come methinks.
Lala is off the mark, more to come methinks. OSPREYSAINT
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8:41pm Sat 20 Oct 12

costa gaz says...

Where is the gang tonight?
If NA is not prepared to change this "I will not change our style" stance then maybe it time to say goodbye Nige.
Although I appreciate what you've done for our club this league is beyond you.

We are now officially laughing stock, but the happy clappers will probably find positives out of our season so far, time to get real boys and accept what is happening.
Where is the gang tonight? If NA is not prepared to change this "I will not change our style" stance then maybe it time to say goodbye Nige. Although I appreciate what you've done for our club this league is beyond you. We are now officially laughing stock, but the happy clappers will probably find positives out of our season so far, time to get real boys and accept what is happening. costa gaz
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8:46pm Sat 20 Oct 12

John Gillham says...

We all knew at the start of the season that we needed strengthening with full backs and centre backs. We didn't and we're getting stuffed. Is it Nigel's fault of NC's? We may never know but if this team will not stay up. Nigel has done wonders to get us up from Division One but we cannot wait until the next transfer window to act.A defensive coach might be the answer but we might need a new manager with Premier League experience but please NOT Harry. Without lots to spend he's useless.
We all knew at the start of the season that we needed strengthening with full backs and centre backs. We didn't and we're getting stuffed. Is it Nigel's fault of NC's? We may never know but if this team will not stay up. Nigel has done wonders to get us up from Division One but we cannot wait until the next transfer window to act.A defensive coach might be the answer but we might need a new manager with Premier League experience but please NOT Harry. Without lots to spend he's useless. John Gillham
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8:57pm Sat 20 Oct 12

BikerNick says...

Our best keeper on the bench, our best striker on the bench, Guly still on the pitch. Lallana's not captain material.
Just need a bit more steel even if we go one down, letting the next one in too soon before we have a chance to get one back. Apart from that, we are Europe's most entertaining team, always goals galore whever we go. Just ending on a positive.
Our best keeper on the bench, our best striker on the bench, Guly still on the pitch. Lallana's not captain material. Just need a bit more steel even if we go one down, letting the next one in too soon before we have a chance to get one back. Apart from that, we are Europe's most entertaining team, always goals galore whever we go. Just ending on a positive. BikerNick
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9:01pm Sat 20 Oct 12

costa gaz says...

Is the internet down in New Zealand, Manchester, Woolston, Baddesly, Strasborg, and where ever the the rest of the gang come from.
(Osprey is on his own tonight)


NOW ADMIT YOU ARE WRONG.

This is a total disaster
Is the internet down in New Zealand, Manchester, Woolston, Baddesly, Strasborg, and where ever the the rest of the gang come from. (Osprey is on his own tonight) NOW ADMIT YOU ARE WRONG. This is a total disaster costa gaz
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9:05pm Sat 20 Oct 12

leechyboy says...

BikerNick wrote:
Our best keeper on the bench, our best striker on the bench, Guly still on the pitch. Lallana's not captain material.
Just need a bit more steel even if we go one down, letting the next one in too soon before we have a chance to get one back. Apart from that, we are Europe's most entertaining team, always goals galore whever we go. Just ending on a positive.
Agree with most of what you said but Lallana not being captain material is rubbish. Works his socks off, throws himself about and has that bit of class and has really embraced the more central role. Too good for us and will be off in January.
[quote][p][bold]BikerNick[/bold] wrote: Our best keeper on the bench, our best striker on the bench, Guly still on the pitch. Lallana's not captain material. Just need a bit more steel even if we go one down, letting the next one in too soon before we have a chance to get one back. Apart from that, we are Europe's most entertaining team, always goals galore whever we go. Just ending on a positive.[/p][/quote]Agree with most of what you said but Lallana not being captain material is rubbish. Works his socks off, throws himself about and has that bit of class and has really embraced the more central role. Too good for us and will be off in January. leechyboy
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9:33pm Sat 20 Oct 12

circa 66 saint says...

think the problem with lambo is stamina and N.A. has learnt that taking him off after 60mins lets the opposition off the hook.
poss plan for today was to contain west hoof and let lambo loose in the 2nd half plan was working, we were playing well until 2 stupid goals were let in
think the problem with lambo is stamina and N.A. has learnt that taking him off after 60mins lets the opposition off the hook. poss plan for today was to contain west hoof and let lambo loose in the 2nd half plan was working, we were playing well until 2 stupid goals were let in circa 66 saint
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9:42pm Sat 20 Oct 12

Kings Lynn Saint says...

I still wish people would lay off Fox and Guly
I still wish people would lay off Fox and Guly Kings Lynn Saint
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9:58pm Sat 20 Oct 12

right back in the bar says...

It is clear now that Adkins is way out of his depth and has to go. We are conceding 3 goals a game and that rate have no hope of staying up. Adkins appears clueless in how to stop the rot; conceding 4 against WHU is a disgrace. The writing was on the wall in the Reading game last season when our defence was torn apart. but Adkins and his team dont know their way around the market for players, they have wasted too much money on strikers, and are dangerously and foolishly sticking to tactics that expose the weaknesses in our side (and there are all too many of those). For me burdening Llanna with the captain's armband is a case in point; a naive decision that has turned a great inside forward into a headless chicken ( no disrespect to AL who is putting it all on the line). This ludicrous experiment has to stop.
It is clear now that Adkins is way out of his depth and has to go. We are conceding 3 goals a game and that rate have no hope of staying up. Adkins appears clueless in how to stop the rot; conceding 4 against WHU is a disgrace. The writing was on the wall in the Reading game last season when our defence was torn apart. but Adkins and his team dont know their way around the market for players, they have wasted too much money on strikers, and are dangerously and foolishly sticking to tactics that expose the weaknesses in our side (and there are all too many of those). For me burdening Llanna with the captain's armband is a case in point; a naive decision that has turned a great inside forward into a headless chicken ( no disrespect to AL who is putting it all on the line). This ludicrous experiment has to stop. right back in the bar
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11:33pm Sat 20 Oct 12

Dellgirl says...

Played 8
Goals against 24
No complicated analysis required.
Played 8 Goals against 24 No complicated analysis required. Dellgirl
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9:19am Sun 21 Oct 12

bluehants says...

Southampton......cit
y of cruise ships and docks

not known and will never be known as a football city

bland. and the one trick pony lambert cross has been found wanting in the prem.

just in case you forgot as you had a sleep now. you lost 4-1.again
Southampton......cit y of cruise ships and docks not known and will never be known as a football city bland. and the one trick pony lambert cross has been found wanting in the prem. just in case you forgot as you had a sleep now. you lost 4-1.again bluehants
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10:21am Sun 21 Oct 12

Lawton12 says...

The basic team that got us promotion last year was created by Alan Pardew - wasn't it ?
The basic team that got us promotion last year was created by Alan Pardew - wasn't it ? Lawton12
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2:05pm Sun 21 Oct 12

bluehants says...

TICK TOCK TICK TOCK
the trap
door awaits
TICK TOCK TICK TOCK the trap door awaits bluehants
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6:14pm Sun 21 Oct 12

Strasbourg Saint says...

costa gaz wrote:
Is the internet down in New Zealand, Manchester, Woolston, Baddesly, Strasborg, and where ever the the rest of the gang come from.
(Osprey is on his own tonight)


NOW ADMIT YOU ARE WRONG.

This is a total disaster
It's 'Strasbourg'.

Actually, I'm just back from Paris. Watched the game on a live feed, then had dinner on a boat down the Seine.

I feel really angry about this result because so much was going right in the first half. Then, in 3 mad minutes, it was all undone. Even so, we got the goal and looked good for a result. Then ..........

It wasn't so much the 'bad' defending as the stupid handball by Fonte for the pen. 'Hero to villain.'

I could write far more but, just because - along with supporting my team - I'm behind Nigel and I support the decisions he makes, even if there are times I'd do differently, I don't see what there is to 'admit'.
[quote][p][bold]costa gaz[/bold] wrote: Is the internet down in New Zealand, Manchester, Woolston, Baddesly, Strasborg, and where ever the the rest of the gang come from. (Osprey is on his own tonight) NOW ADMIT YOU ARE WRONG. This is a total disaster[/p][/quote]It's 'Strasbourg'. Actually, I'm just back from Paris. Watched the game on a live feed, then had dinner on a boat down the Seine. I feel really angry about this result because so much was going right in the first half. Then, in 3 mad minutes, it was all undone. Even so, we got the goal and looked good for a result. Then .......... It wasn't so much the 'bad' defending as the stupid handball by Fonte for the pen. 'Hero to villain.' I could write far more but, just because - along with supporting my team - I'm behind Nigel and I support the decisions he makes, even if there are times I'd do differently, I don't see what there is to 'admit'. Strasbourg Saint
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