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FT: West Ham 3 Southampton 1. Strange match really as Southampton dominated large portions of the match, but a direct West Ham just were too physical for the visitors.SAVE!!! Adrian just smuggles the ball out after Ramirez's prod towards goal. Just not happening for Saints.Rodriguez's goalbound effort is deflected over the bar. Four minutes of added time...Free-kick right on the edge of the D for Saints, which Ramirez curls just wide. Always angling away from the goalkeeper.Lallana is the first man to go in the book, for a blatant pull back on Mark Noble. Clattenberg must have enjoyed that...Great effort from Rodriguez, whistling an effort just past Adrian's post. Keeper did get across well, and looked to have it covered.Jose Fonte's header lands on the roof of the net as the visitors finally look beaten. Could have easily have been different.A succession of corners pile more pressure on the Hammers, but once again they stand firm. Very solid at the back.WOODWORK!!! Wonderful effort from Diame from distance, beats Boruc all ends up, but the ball thunders against the crossbar.Double change for Saints. Off comes Steven Davis and Rickie Lambert to be replaced by teenagers James Ward-Prowse and Sam Gallagher.Free-kick to Southampton is brilliantly headed away from Tomkins. Been a rock at the back this afternoon.That was the last piece of action for Nolan, who is replaced by Winston Reid. Very defensive, trying to preserve two-goal lead.Completely against the run of play. Downing whips the ball in from the right, Cole's header is only partially blocked, and Nolan acrobatically volleys home in the six-yard box.GOAL!!! West Ham 3 (Nolan 71) Southampton 1.Another chance. Ball bobbles through to Lallana, but he cannot connect properly under pressure, real chance.All Saints at the moment. But they cannot find a way through a resolute backline. Hammers tiring though. Changes needed.CHANCE!!! Another great chance for the visitors. Ramirez turns Collins brilliantly, but fires over the ball from a good position.CHANCE!!! Luke Shaw is too quick for Collins, gets to the byline, but his pullback just evades Lallana. An inch away from connecting.Jack Cork comes off, with Gaston Ramirez coming on in an attacking move.Rodriguez's turn to look frustrated, conceding a needless foul. Changes seem imminent as Pochettino tries to change things.Refereeing warning Mark Noble who is getting a little hot under the collar. Needs to maintain his discipline.Mo Diame is coming on for Matt Jarvis, who leaves to a rapturous applause.Luke Shaw cuts inside and has a low shot at goal, which is saved by Adrian, if slightly unconvincingly. Was straight at him.Loud appeals for handball from the Saints for handball on Downing, but it is waved away my referee Clattenberg.Take of two sides. Southampton play the ball around for numerous passes, are dispossessed, one long ball forward from West Ham and Jarvis almost gets in.Josh Tilt is confident still: "Saints to win! 2-4, rickie to get 3!:D."18 wins from 47 games from Mauricio Pochettino, but this will take some effort to turn around. Slow start to the second-half.We are underway in the second-half.Josh Webb has changed his mind: "I think we will win 3-2 now downing to get next and lambert."Saints now 4/1 for the win despite having so much of the play in the first-half. Hammers 4/6 to hold on for another victory. Odds here --> can Saints do to get back in this? Despite having 64% possession they find themselves behind. Can West Ham win four in a row for the first time in 28 years? Tweet me: PeteHall86 with your thoughts.HT: West Ham 2 Southampton 1. After Saints took a deserved lead early on, two goals in quick succession from the Hammers have turned this match on it's head. For all their possession, Saints struggling to cope with physicality.Since the goals West Ham have been first to everything, and have chased down every loose ball that they could. Excellent work rate.Two minutes of stoppage time signaled...Two corners in quick succession for Saints. Second is nicely worked to Shaw, who volleys the bouncing ball over the bar.Solid once again from the Hammers. Saints can't break through. Balls being lumped forward to Carlton Cole at the moment, with little success.Jarvis and Downing have been full of running all afternoon. Have tracked back really well and been a threat going forward.All Saints at the moment. But they are not penetrative enough, and almost trying to walk the ball in, when there is little space to maneuver.Lambert does well to win the ball in a dangerous position, but his cross is too close to Adrian, and the Spanish stopper is out quickly to gather.Hammers trying to slow the game down now, and get to half-time in front. Saints seem to have lost their way, and lack confidence on the ball.WOODWORK!! Fantastic header from Lambert, getting above his man after a pinpoint right-wing cross, but his effort comes back off the post, and Demel is first to react, clearing the loose ball.Saints starting to get on the ball again, but Hammers looking very solid, and not allowing them any space.Physicality of West Ham is very impressive, and for all their fine football, Southampton really struggling to cope.Tremendous tempo to the match. Incredible that the Hammers are leading after being second best for much of the early exchange.What a turnaround! All West Ham at the moment. Southampton just cannot cope with the aerial threat posed by a resurgent Hammers.A corner from the left is whipped in by Downing, finds Cole, whose header comes back off the post, rebounds off Yoshida, who can't clear, and Cole lashes in the loose ball.GOAL!!! West Ham 2 (Carlton Cole 23) Southampton 1.Somewhat against the run of play, Nolan plays the ball over the top, Jarvis beats the offside trap, brings the ball down, and slots the ball under Boruc. Touch and go whether the winger was onside.GOAL!!! West Ham 1 (Jarvis 20) Southampton 1.Free-flowing football from the Saints once again. Eventually falls to Lallana, who sends a shot flying safely over Adrian's goal.Saints really looking comfortable. Have had 70% possession in the opening period of the match. Says it all really.Home side really up against it, considering they have picked up just one point all season after conceding the first goal in a match.Nolan again looks to be the dangerman, lofting the ball forward for Jarvis, but it is slightly overhit and gathered again by Boruc.Nolan cannot turn Guy Demel's cross in after the ball ricocheted around in the box, and Boruc gathers easily. Hammers look shell-shocked.After a controversial free-kick was given on the right of the box, Yoshida rises above the Hammers' defence to head home Steven Davis' delivery, netting his first ever Premier League goal, and the first West Ham have conceded in over six hours of football.GOAL! West Ham 0 Southampton 1 (Yoshida 8).Jarvis loops a cross into the box but the home side can't make anything from it. Easily cleared by the visitors.Southampton really stretching the Hammers. Lallana especially looking very dangerous. No chances as yet.West Ham have been slow to start here, despite their recent form suggestion otherwise. Saints twice nearly getting in behind.Joshua James Webb has tweet in with his prediction: "west ham 2-1 C.Cole and taylor to score and lallana to score."Our referee this afternoon is Mark Clattenburg.The teams are on the pitch and we are about to get underway.It's your last chance to get your predictions in! Tweet me: @Petehall86.Even if the Hammers score first, their fans will not rest any easier. No side has lost more points from winning positions than West Ham United (14) in the Premier League this season.Subs: Jaaskelainen, Reid, Armero, Collison, Diame, J.Cole, Nocerino.West Ham XI: Adrian, Demel, Tomkins, Collins, McCartney, Nolan, Noble, Taylor, Downing, C.Cole, Jarvis.The Hammers are unchanged from the side that beat Norwich 11 days ago, and will be fresh after a break last week.Subs: K.Davis (GK), Clyne, Lovren, Ramirez, Ward-Prowse, Guly, Gallagher.Southampton XI: Boruc, Chambers, Fonte, Yoshida, Shaw, Cork, Schneiderlin, S. Davis, Lallana (c), Rodriguez, Lambert.Dejan Lovren and Gaston Ramirez are named amongst the substitutes after returning from injuryAfter coming under criticism for making six changes in last weekend's FA Cup defeat at Sunderland, Saints manager Mauricio Pochettino returns to the side that began their last league outing at Hull.The teams are in...The Hammers are a big price to win 2-0 for the fourth game running, but can be backed to score exactly two goals at 9/1, while they're 11/4 to win 1-0, 2-0 or 2-1 in the correct score group betting market. Odds here -->'t forget to send me your predictions and thoughts throughout the match. Tweet me: @PeteHall86 or email me: and I will do my best to air your views. Keep it clean!West Ham fan Paul Buck has tweeted in, and is not confident: "Reckon Saints will end our good run today, Lambert, Lallana & Rodriguez top attacking lineup."The omens are in favour of a third Southampton away win in a row. West Ham have won just one of their last eight league meetings with Southampton (W1 D4 L3).Only one player has made more tackles than Morgan Schneiderlin this season (91), but the Frenchman has been given a yellow card in half of his 12 PL away apps this term (6).Four of the six Premier League goals that Southampton have netted in February so far have been scored (2) or assisted (2) by Rickie Lambert, and he has been key.One defeat in their last six has seen off-field problems laid to rest, and ensured the Saints have consolidated eighth spot, just three points off reigning champions Manchester United.Southampton will represent a tough challenge to the Hammers' recent improvement, and are full of confidence after showing excellent recent form of their own.Ladyluck has also been on the Hammers' side. West Ham have been saved by the woodwork on 17 occasions this season; more often than any other club in the PL.New goalkeeper Adrian has to take a large amount of the credit for such a turnaround, as does Allardyce, for sticking by him after struggling initially.They haven't kept five in a row in the top-flight since December 1985, mind.A solid rearguard has been key to that recent resurgence, with four cleansheets in a row helping ease pressure on boss Sam Allardyce.The Premier League is suddenly looking rather rosy for West Ham after a run of three consecutive victories has propelled the Hammers to the dizzy heights of 11th.Tweet me: @PeteHall86 or email me: and I will do my best to air your views. Keep it clean!I want to hear your thoughts and opinions before the match and throughout the 90 minutes.I'm Pete Hall, and I will be taking you through the action, as it happens, live!Hello and welcome to our life minute-by-minute coverage of West Ham's Premier League clash with Southampton at Upton Park.Updates will appear here...

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