In only the 2nd goalless match of the weekend, Southampton and West Ham were unable to fire at the St. Mary’s Stadium, with both sides picking up a point after the drab 0-0 affair. From the get go it was Southampton who dictated the game’s pace and possession, have no trouble getting into the Hammer half of the field, but unable to get many shots on the frame of Finnish keeper Jussi Jääskeläinen’s goal. Those that made their way onto goal were quickly repelled though as Ricky Lambert and Pablo Osvaldo both had attempts parried away by the veteran 39 year-old. Things were a bit more tough-sledding for a banged up West Ham side, but they still managed to create chances through Mark Noble and James Collins despite the absences of Andy Carroll, Joe Cole, and Stuart Downing to only name a few. The Saints came out with a bit more enthusiasm in the second half and things appeared to be on the up for them after Lambert’s power-packed header smashed off the crossbar. But that’s as close as they would get with West Ham dodging the proverbial bullet a securing a key point on the road, and even potentially missing out on 3 for themselves as Collins’ late hit soared over Artur Boruc’s net to close out a dull evening in Hampshire.
Next Matches: Southampton at Liverpool West Ham United vs. EvertonStat of Match: Percentage of Shots On Target Southampton: 33.33% West Ham United: 16.67%