Frustrations make an unwelcome return as West Ham are again beaten by Southampton

With huge Premier League and Europa League games to come over the next two weeks, the loss to a very different Southampton marked an ominous start for the Hammers.

With all of their commitments to come over the next few weeks, many expected Moyes to make nine changes to his starting XI, but it’s his counterpart, Ralph Hasenhuttl – who doesn’t have much to play for in the league – who has significantly revamped his pack.

Moyes’ selection was a statement of intent, only the two changes from Sunday’s win over Wolves as Issa Diop replaced Aaron Cresswell and Alphonse Areola had a chance in goal.

The Hammers appeared to take advantage of Southampton’s second side of the rope early on, navigating through the red and white shirts at will.

Tomas Soucek should have done better when given space to fire on a deflected cross from Manuel Lanzini, but the Czech fired wide, before later sending a shaky effort to Willy Caballero after a stray ball at the Saints fullback, who was guilty of just that again moments later when Ibrahima Diallo played in Michail Antonio.

Again West Ham could not capitalise. Both teams lacked the quality to really threaten, until Perraud stepped in.

Southampton had struggled to get past West Ham’s back three – with Kurt Zouma excelling at his heart – so the France full-back went completely over the baseline, recovering from Kyle Walker-Peters 30 yards from goal and folding a prodigious effort on Areola and in the far corner.

After punishing West Ham for their profligacy in the first half, Southampton sent on Armando Broja and Stuart Armstrong to try and extend their advantage, but they were soon back at square one as they eventually had to pay for an error at the start. ‘back.

Caballero beat a Jarrod Bowen corner and couldn’t clear, allowing Issa Diop to push the ball for Antonio, who spun and scored his first goal since New Year’s Day.


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