West Ham slumped to yet another defeat as they continued their slump in form in one of the high-scoring football results of the weekend in the Premier League. Southampton opened the scoring in the eighth minute before Michail Antonio came off the bench at the break to equalize four minutes into the second half. James Ward-Prowse gave the away side the lead before Said Benrahma equalized for the Hammers three minutes later. It was Jan Bednarek who rose highest to head home from a corner to seal the three points in the 70th minute.
West Ham: Fabianski (6), Coufal (6), Masuaku (6), Dawson (5), Diop (5), Rice (6), Soucek (5), Fornals (5), Vlasic (6), Benrahma (6), Bowen (6).
Subs: Yarmolenko (n/a), Antonio (7), Lanzini (6).
Southampton: Forster (6), Walker-Peters (7), Livramento (6), Salisu (6), Bednarek (7), Romeu (7), Ward-Prowse (8), Redmond (7), Walcott (6), Elyounoussi (7), Broja (7).
Subs: A Armstrong (n/a), Adams (n/a), Diallo (n/a).
Man of the match: James Ward-Prowse.
West Ham boss David Moyes: “Overall, we shouldn’t be conceding the goals we conceded today. It wasn’t good and I didn’t like the goals we conceded at Tottenham in midweek either. It’s our job to make them better. We’ve got some really good players there so we need to get them playing at the top of their game.”
Southampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl: “We have to entertain the whole world on Boxing Day and there were a lot of goals today. We started very well and scored so it was very calm here in the ground for the first 15 minutes. We weren’t able to keep it that way for the next 75 minutes, unfortunately. Every threat they put on the pitch we had the answer. It’s normal to drop points in football but it was an important three points.”
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