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West Ham United 2-1 Southampton

By Patrick JenningsBBC Sport
Andy Carroll
Carroll scored his second league goal of the season after coming on at half-time

Andy Carroll came on to score the winner as West Ham recorded their first Premier League victory in two months by fighting back to beat Southampton.

Saints dominated the first half and went ahead when Dusan Tadic's prodded effort deflected in off Carl Jenkinson.

Michail Antonio levelled in bizarre fashion when a clearance hit him and looped in, before Carroll struck.

The West Ham striker made amends for a terrible miss by heading in from close range after Antonio had hit the bar.

Victory was the Hammers' first since a 2-1 win at home to Chelsea on 24 October, when then Blues boss Jose Mourinho was sent to the stands.

Slaven Bilic's side move up to seventh in the table, while Ronald Koeman's Saints, who beat Arsenal 4-0 at home on Boxing Day, stay 12th.

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Hammers finally have attacking threat

After drawing for a fifth time in a row on Saturday, Hammers boss Bilic bemoaned the injuries to his key attacking players.

Carroll and Manuel Lanzini made their returns as second-half substitutes on Monday, but the Croat is still without Victor Moses, Dimitri Payet, and Diafra Sakho up front.

Having scored just four times in their previous eight games, the comeback looked far from likely, but West Ham transformed the match through a second-half performance that was a world apart from their poor opening to the game.

There was a huge element of fortune about Antonio's equaliser, but it was deserved for the number of chances the home side created after the break, with Carroll missing the most clear-cut when earlier blazing over from six yards out.

Average positions for West Ham and Southampton
For much of the game Southampton looked to have the better shape - and in the first half they certainly played the more progressive football. But after the break it was West Ham who fashioned the better chances as the away side faded

Not quite the turning point for Southampton

The way Southampton started the match made you think they had finally turned the corner and rediscovered the kind of form that saw them finish seventh last year.

Koeman's side had picked up only one point from five league games before Saturday's demolition of Arsenal at St Mary's and that result had clearly given them confidence.

In the first half Saints had zip and zeal in midfield, were solid at the back, and created chances aplenty through the running of Shane Long and Sadio Mane up front.

But if the away side were far superior in the opening 45 minutes, the opposite was true in the second half as the introduction of Carroll and Lanzini turned the match in the Hammers' favour.

Man of the match - Michail Antonio

Michail Antonio
The West Ham winger got his first Hammers goal to draw his side level, and almost had a second when heading onto the underside of the bar.

What the managers said:

West Ham boss Slaven Bilic: "After the goal we were totally down and I waited for half-time because I didn't want to humiliate the players by changing them before. I was happy when the referee blew, because they could have been 2-0 up.

"At half-time we made some changes but it was a change of character, of approach, of determination and will. They did try in the first half, but this was a different West Ham.

"We equalised and continued to chase, and at the end of the day we were rewarded for everything we did in the second half."

Southampton manager Ronald Koeman: "The second half was totally different to the first. We had to score more than one in the first half, because otherwise you expect their reaction in the second. If you score only one they still have belief.

"The first half was the level of the Arsenal game. It was one team on the pitch playing football. But out of a better second half they scored two goals, and from a fantastic first we scored one.

"If you are the dominant side you have to score more than one goal, and that was the problem."

What next?

West Ham play Liverpool at home in a 12:45 GMT kick-off on Saturday, when Southampton travel to Norwich for a 15:00 start.

Line-ups

West Ham

Formation 4-3-3

  • 13Adrián
  • 5TomkinsBooked at 58mins
  • 19Collins
  • 21Ogbonna
  • 12Jenkinson
  • 16Noble
  • 8Kouyaté
  • 4SongSubstituted forLanziniat 45'minutes
  • 30Antonio
  • 11E ValenciaSubstituted forObiangat 86'minutes
  • 10ZárateSubstituted forCarrollat 45'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Randolph
  • 9Carroll
  • 14Obiang
  • 28Lanzini
  • 33Hendrie
  • 35Oxford
  • 39Cullen

Southampton

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 22Stekelenburg
  • 15MartinaBooked at 52minsSubstituted forYoshidaat 70'minutes
  • 6José Fonte
  • 17van Dijk
  • 21BertrandBooked at 66mins
  • 12Wanyama
  • 14RomeuBooked at 56mins
  • 11TadicSubstituted forRamírezat 75'minutes
  • 10ManéSubstituted forJuanmiat 75'minutes
  • 8Davis
  • 7Long

Substitutes

  • 3Yoshida
  • 4Clasie
  • 16Ward-Prowse
  • 20Juanmi
  • 23Ramírez
  • 25Gazzaniga
  • 26Caulker
Referee:
Michael Oliver
Attendance:
34,977

Match Stats

Home TeamWest HamAway TeamSouthampton
Possession
Home49%
Away51%
Shots
Home13
Away14
Shots on Target
Home5
Away3
Corners
Home4
Away7
Fouls
Home6
Away12

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, West Ham United 2, Southampton 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, West Ham United 2, Southampton 1.

  3. Post update

    Attempt missed. Virgil van Dijk (Southampton) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left.

  4. Post update

    Attempt missed. Michail Antonio (West Ham United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Carl Jenkinson following a fast break.

  5. Post update

    Corner, Southampton. Conceded by James Tomkins.

  6. Substitution

    Substitution, West Ham United. Pedro Obiang replaces Enner Valencia because of an injury.

  7. Post update

    Offside, Southampton. Ryan Bertrand tries a through ball, but Juanmi is caught offside.

  8. Post update

    Delay over. They are ready to continue.

  9. Post update

    Delay in match Enner Valencia (West Ham United) because of an injury.

  10. Post update

    Corner, Southampton. Conceded by Angelo Ogbonna.

  11. Post update

    James Tomkins (West Ham United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Shane Long (Southampton).

  13. Goal!

    Goal! West Ham United 2, Southampton 1. Andy Carroll (West Ham United) header from very close range to the top left corner.

  14. Post update

    Michail Antonio (West Ham United) hits the bar with a right footed shot from the centre of the box.

  15. Post update

    Offside, Southampton. Jose Fonte tries a through ball, but Shane Long is caught offside.

  16. Post update

    Attempt missed. Steven Davis (Southampton) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right following a corner.

  17. Post update

    Corner, Southampton. Conceded by James Tomkins.

  18. Post update

    Attempt missed. James Tomkins (West Ham United) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left following a set piece situation.

  19. Post update

    Enner Valencia (West Ham United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Virgil van Dijk (Southampton).

As It Stood

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1Arsenal19123433181539
2Leicester18115237251238
3Tottenham1998233151835
4Man City18112537201735
5Crystal Palace199462316731
6Man Utd198652216630
7West Ham197842823529
8Watford198562420429
9Stoke198562019129
10Liverpool187652122-127
11Everton196853528726
12Southampton196672623324
13West Brom196581824-623
14Chelsea195592329-620
15Norwich195592232-1020
16Bournemouth195592234-1220
17Swansea194781624-819
18Newcastle1945101934-1517
19Sunderland1833121937-1812
20Aston Villa1915131534-198
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