Southampton 1-1 West Ham: Declan Rice’s goal denies Saints a much-needed win


Declan Rice’s equalizer extended Southampton’s winless run to five games

Declan Rice’s first Premier League goal in almost a year denied Southampton a vital win as West Ham fought back to draw at St Mary’s.

Romain Perraud controversially put Saints ahead, with the Hammers claiming referee Jarrod Bowen had interfered before the defender’s effort was deflected into the bottom corner.

West Ham failed to convert several chances before Rice combined with substitute Said Benrahma and right-footed Gavin Bazunu for his first league goal since 31 October 2021.

Despite Southampton’s first point in five games, a draw keeps the pressure on boss Ralph Hasenhuttl, leaving the club in the bottom three.

Saints are not out of the relegation zone

Southampton came into the game on the back of a four-game losing streak, which raised doubts over Hasenhuttle’s immediate future.

But while Saints didn’t lay a glove on Manchester City last week – losing 4-0 to the champions – they looked superb in the first half here as Che Adams was twice denied by Lukasz Fabianski.

However, there was controversy surrounding the opening goal, with West Ham players claiming referee Peter Bankes had interfered with Bowen, stopping the Hammers attacker from getting to the ball ahead of Perraud.

West Ham fans called for a free-kick against Kyle Walker-Peters, but the visitors got no satisfaction from VAR as the French Southampton defender celebrated his first Premier League goal.

But with Saints unable to build on a promising first half and ultimately keep their first clean sheet of the season, a draw will do little to lift the mood around the club ahead of Wednesday’s trip to Bournemouth.

Rice to the rescue

Lucas Paqueta reacts to a missed opportunity
West Ham attempted 25 shots against Southampton, the highest total in a single game in the Premier League this season.

While Southampton have struggled, West Ham, looking to extend their run to five games in all competitions, secured qualification for the Europa League knockout stages with two games to spare on Thursday.

However, they were left frustrated in the first half as they created numerous chances, but failed to work the Bazunu Saints keeper.

Emerson shot wide three minutes before Gianluca Scamacca twice sent the wrong side of the post.

Scamacca, who looked sharp during David Moyes’ side, also set up Lucas Paqueta as the Brazilian’s header clipped the outside of the post as West Ham failed to score in the first half for the eighth time in 10 Premier League games this season. .

But while Scamacca and Paqueta couldn’t find their groove, Rice popped up with a well-taken equalizer to extend West Ham’s winless run and keep Saints in the relegation zone.

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West Ham United

  1. Group number1Player nameFabianski

  2. Group number2Player nameJohnson

  3. Group number24Player namethe cleaner

  4. Group number3Player nameCresswell

  5. Group number5Player nameHe stepped back

  6. Group number28Player nameSoucek

  7. Group number41Player nameRice

  8. Group number33Player nameEmerson

  9. Group number20Player nameBowen

  10. Group number7Player nameFraud

  11. Group number11Player nameLucas Paquetá

  1. Group number9Player nameAnthony

  2. Group number10Player nameWhat is that?

  3. Group number22Player nameBenrahma

The eleven

Southampton

training 4-4-2

  • 31If you had
  • 2Walker-PetersBooked in 44 minutes
  • 37Bella-Kotchapreplaced byCaleta-Carin 42′minutes
  • 22Salisu
  • 15Perraud
  • 7They arereplaced byRightin 74′minutes
  • 8Ward-Prowse
  • 3Maitland-Nilesreplaced bydial itin 74′minutes
  • 24Elyounoussi
  • 10Adamsreplaced byMarain 74′minutes
  • 9an armstrongreplaced byS Armstrongin 74′minutes

replacements

  • 1McCarthy
  • 4Lyanco
  • 6Caleta-Car
  • 17S Armstrong
  • 18Mara
  • 19Day by day
  • 23Right
  • 27dial it
  • 28Larios Lopez

West Ham

training 3-4-3

  • 1Fabianski
  • 2Johnson
  • 24the cleaner
  • 3Cresswell
  • 5He stepped backReserve in 52 minutes
  • 28Soucek
  • 41Rice
  • 33Emersonreplaced byBenrahmain 59′minutes
  • 20Bowen
  • 7Fraudreplaced byWhat is that?in 87′minutes
  • 11Tolentino Coelho de Limareplaced byAnthonyin 87′minutes

replacements

  • 8Fornals
  • 9Anthony
  • 10What is that?
  • 12Downes
  • 13areola
  • 21Ogbonna
  • 22Benrahma
  • 32Coventry
  • 35Randolph

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