Hammers bounce back to beat Saints

West Ham United recovered from a goal down to beat Southampton 2-1 in the Premier League at Upton Park on Monday night.

  • West Ham 2 Southampton 1
  • Jenkinson scores own goal
  • Saints pay for their profligacy
  • Antonio equalises
  • Carroll grabs the points

Match Summary

Southampton went into half time with a 1-0 lead courtesy of a 13th minute Jenkinson own goal but could, and perhaps should, have scored more in a very one-sided 45 minutes of football.

They were made to pay for their profligacy in the 69th minute as Michail Antonio brought West Ham level in bizarre fashion.

Spurred on by their goal, West Ham thoroughly dominated proceedings for the rest of the game and grabbed a winner through Andy Carroll in the 78th minute.

Full Report

The Saints were on the front foot from the opening whistle and had the lead in the 13th minute with the first real chance of the match. Some neat interplay resulted in a dangerous cross from Shane Long and Jenkinson stuck his leg out to intercept but only succeeded in steering the ball past his own goalkeeper.

Unfortunately they were not as on-point with the rest of the chances they created, with Long shooting wide on 21 minutes before Steven Davis had his shot deflected over five minutes later.

Davis went close again in the 35th minute after poaching the ball from Mauro Zarate and working his way into the box, but his shot was narrowly wide.

Dusan Tadic then had a shot blocked in the 41st minute and Adrian did brilliantly to palm away Jose Fonte's header from the resulting corner. A minute later, Tadic played through Sadio Mane, but the forward couldn't hit the target.

Tadic himself was denied by Adrian a minute before half time after creating space in the box to shoot with some fancy footwork.

The break couldn't come soon enough for the home side, who were booed off the pitch by their fans when the referee blew his whistle for halftime.

The Hammers were a much better side in the second half and went desperately close to finding an equaliser just two minutes after the break as first James Collins saw his header cleared off the line before Andy Carroll somehow managed to put the rebound over the bar from five yards out.

They were eventually rewarded for their new attacking endeavor in the 69th minute with the most bizarre of goals to bring them level at 1-1. Antonio drove with the ball into the Saints box, fell over and lost possession to Victor Wanyama, but the midfielder then belted his attempted clearance into the West Ham player and the ball looped back over Martin Stekelenburg and into the goal.

It was all the Hammers after the equaliser but, unlike Southampton, they were able to make their pressure pay when Carroll was on hand to tap home the winner in the 79th minute after Antonio sent a thundering header into the crossbar.