Jussi earns West Ham point

Jussi Jaaskelainen pulled off three superb saves to earn West Ham a 0-0 draw with Southampton at St Mary's on Sunday.

Last Updated: 16/09/13 at 10:13 Post Comment

Jussi Jaaskelainen: Pulled off several fine saves at St Mary's

Jussi Jaaskelainen: Pulled off several fine saves at St Mary's

More of the games that matter

2 years free Sky Broadband Unlimited for Sky Sports customers

In a match devoid of many moments of class, the oldest man on the pitch proved decisive as Saints were denied a first home win of the season.

The 38-year-old was first called into action after 11 minutes, somehow keeping out a Dani Osvaldo effort when it looked easier to score - the best chance of a tepid first half in which Kevin Nolan had a goal ruled out for offside.

Rickie Lambert hit the post moments after play resumed, with the England international, making his 200th Southampton appearance, then denied by Jaaskelainen as Mauricio Pochettino's side pushed for the opener.

The veteran Finn, supported impressively by James Collins and Winston Reid, was also at his best to stop Morgan Schneiderlin, who was lucky not to be booked in the first half for a poor tackle on Mohamed Diame.

Referee Andre Marriner chose not to even award a free-kick for that challenge and was in the spotlight again after adjudging a Joey O'Brien lunge on Adam Lallana only worthy of a booking.

Heading into the game, much of the talk revolved around Ravel Morrison. The highly-rated 20-year-old was handed his first Premier League start in place of Stewart Downing, who has joined Andy Carroll, Joe Cole and George McCartney in the treatment room.

Southampton brought in Nathaniel Clyne, Jay Rodriguez and Luke Shaw, with the latter almost caught out in the opening minutes. Diame impressively controlled a crossfield ball and turned the teenage left-back, giving him space to sting the palms of Artur Boruc.

West Ham were quickest to settle in miserable conditions on the south coast, but Saints should have taken the lead with their first chance of the afternoon.

After losing his man down the left, Rodriguez's cute cutback from the byline found Osvaldo unmarked - but the Italian's goalbound strike was impressively blocked by Jaaskelainen.

Diame saw an audacious long-range drive whistle just over as West Ham pushed for an opener in the rain, which they thought they managed just past the half-hour mark.

Boruc spread himself well to stop Jarvis when through one-on-one but captain Nolan rifled home from outside the box - only for the offside flag to cut the Hammers' celebrations short.

Schneiderlin was fortunate not to receive a yellow card for a poor challenge on the already booked Diame, with West Ham furious as the midfielder left in pain on the floor without so much as a free-kick.

Lambert nodded over and Morrison curled just wide from 25 yards, before Marriner called time on a turgid first half.

Victor Wanyama, particularly poor in the first half, forced Jaaskelainen to tip over from distance shortly after the restart, with the opener almost coming from the resulting corner.

Lallana swung the ball in and Lambert's powerful header rattled the post, followed by hopeful calls for a handball against the impressive Collins when Wanyama attempted to strike home the rebound.

Saints had seemingly given up on their attempts to threaten West Ham with aerial balls and reverted to playing on the deck, with Osvaldo slipping through Lallana only for Jaaskelainen to thwart him.

Pochettino's side continued in the ascendancy and Schneiderlin saw a threatening overhead kick headed away by Reid after Osvaldo had seen a shot blocked.

Mark Noble and Wanyama were both booked for late challenges, with Joey O'Brien soon joining them for a tackle on Lallana that saw tempers fray and could have resulted in a red.

The challenge came after Jaaskelainen superbly turned a Schneiderlin volley around the post, with the veteran goalkeeper then brilliantly clawing away a curling Lambert effort.

Collins lashed over as West Ham pushed a for a late winner and Saints saw appeals for a handball against Nolan rejected, with Wanyama firing the final chance wide.

Football365 Facebook Fan Page

The Football365 fan page is a great place to meet like minded people, have football related discussions and make new friends.

More Match Results

Sunday, 21 September 2014
16:00
Everton 2-3 C Palace Report
Man City 1-1 Chelsea Report
13:30
Leicester 5-3 Man Utd Report
Tottenham 0-1 West Brom Report
Saturday, 20 September 2014
17:30
West Ham 3-1 Liverpool Report
15:00
A Villa 0-3 Arsenal Report
Burnley 0-0 Sunderland Report
Newcastle 2-2 Hull City Report
Swansea 0-1 Southampton Report
12:45
QPR 2-2 Stoke Report

Barclays Premier League

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Chelsea 5 9 13
2 Southampton 5 6 10
3 A Villa 5 0 10
4 Arsenal 5 4 9
5 Swansea 5 2 9
6 Man City 5 3 8
7 Leicester 5 1 8
8 West Ham 5 1 7
9 Tottenham 5 1 7
10 Hull City 5 0 6
11 Liverpool 5 -1 6
12 Man Utd 5 1 5
13 Stoke 5 -1 5
14 Everton 5 -2 5
15 C Palace 5 -2 5
16 West Brom 5 -4 5
17 Sunderland 5 -1 4
18 QPR 5 -8 4
19 Burnley 5 -3 3
20 Newcastle 5 -6 3

Updated Tue, 23 Sep 2014

Footer 365

Capital One Cup: Liverpool edge out Middlesbrough on penalties in round three

Liverpool held their nerve to see off Middlesbrough 14-13 on penalties in the third round of the Capital One Cup.

Capital One Cup: Arsenal beaten 2-1 by Southampton in third round

Arsenal were sent crashing out of the Capital One Cup in the third round after 2-1 home defeat to Southampton.

La Liga: Cristiano Ronaldo scores second straight hat-trick in Real Madrid rout

Cristiano Ronaldo scored his 25th hat-trick for Real Madrid as he grabbed four goals in a huge 5-1 home win over Elche.

Mail Box

Is Moyes The Big Winner This Season?

Man United and Everton are making David Moyes look good enough for Newcastle. We have lots of mails on Steven Gerrard but mostly Man United and Van Gaal...

Should Gerrard Play Further Forward?

That's one shout in a mailbox that recalls Rafa Benitez saying the Liverpool man would one day end up as a striker. Plus, thoughts on Rooney and 500 words on Ipswich...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property